Txt lottery opens for Live 8 tickets
Geldof, dubbed "Saint Bob" for organizing the 1985 concert to save the starving in Ethiopia, is to announce the line-up on Tuesday for Live8, a July 2 concert designed to influence the G8 group of industrialized nations' summit in Scotland. A texting lottery for tickets to London's Live 8 charity concert opened today with hundreds of thousands expected to spend up to £20m competing for the chance to attend the July 2 event. Performers expected at the Hyde Park show include Maria Carey, Coldplay, Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, REM, Scissor Sisters, Sting, Robbie Williams and U2. Another four concerts are being held on the same day across Europe and in the United States under plans announced last week by Bob Geldof to pressure world leaders into eradicating African poverty. Geldof has called for 1 million people to march through Edinburgh four days later when leaders of the world's richest nations meet at the G8 summit at Gleneagles. To win tickets, entrants have to text the answer - A, B or C - to a simple question to telephone number 84599 by midnight on June 12. The question is:
What city is the forthcoming G8 summit being held near this July? A) Berlin B) Moscow C) Edinburgh.People can enter as many times as they like to increase their chances of winning tickets, at a cost of £1.50 plus standard texting charges for each entry. As much as £19.5m could be raised through the texting scramble for tickets, spread betting firm Sporting Index predicted. The quiz answer can also be submitted by post.