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FUN STUFF: Facts and Figures about Live 8

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Live 8 facts and figures

Live 8 is the biggest event in Hyde Park's history and biggest ticketed event ever in the UK. Here are a few facts and figures to show what it takes to organise an event of this scale.


* The stage is as high as 5 London double decker buses stacked on top of each other and as wide as 6 buses lined up nose to tail

* There will be over 500 microphones and 8000 meters of microphone cable used in order to keep the show running quickly from band to band.

* The stage roof is used to suspend over 30 tons of sound, lighting and video equipment.

* 47 tonnes of lights, suspended up to 10 metres above the stage from almost 180 metres of truss.

* 6 articulated truckloads of lighting equipment.

* A total of 295,000 kW of light - equivalent to almost seven and a half thousand domestic 40W lightbulbs.

* Total of 12 Giant screens - Total area 472m2 - Largest concentration of screens ever used at a European Outdoor Concert Site.

* Over 2,000 security and stewards will be deployed on the day of the event supplied by 4 companies. Resources will be drawn from all over the country including Scotland and Wales.

* Over the 3 weeks it will take to build the crew will consume……

  • 10,000 rashers of bacon
  • 12,000 sausages
  • 18,000 eggs
  • 2,000 lbs of cheese
  • 50,000 litres of water
  • 5,000 apples
  • 8,000 bananas


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