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Live Aid concert footage finally released

After 19 years in the vaults, the footage of Live Aid, the biggest rock and roll concert in history, will be released for the first time in time for Christmas.

The decision to release the footage on DVD was taken by Bob Geldof, the concert organiser. He was infuriated to find illegal copies of the concert which generated no revenue for the Band Aid Trust, which continues to operate in Africa.

The concert tape was not released before because permission to do so was not sorted out in 1985 when many artists came on board late on. But faced with a rising tide of bootleg copies, the Band Aid Trust went back to the artists, who included The Who and Paul McCartney, to seek permission for the release.