There are two concerts for the people of Venezuela this weekend–and this is very weird.

The situation for the people in Venezuela is dire. The policies of president Nicolas Maduro have driven the country’s economy into the ground, creating shortages of food and medicine and the necessities of life. There have been riots and protests and millions of people flooding over the borders of neighbouring countries. And to make matters worse, Maduro has refused to allow shipments of foreign humanitarian aid into the country.

Richard Branson is behind Venezuela Live Aid, a two day event this weekend in the border city of Cucuta designed to convince Maduro to allow the foreign goods to come in. Up to 300,000 people are expected to attend on the Colombian side of the border. The lineup includes Latin pop stars like Manu Chao, Mana, Alejandro Sanz, and Juan Luis Guerra.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, on the other side of the river, on the Venezuelan side of Cucuta, Maduro will hold a competing concert called Hands Off Venezuela. No crowd estimates are available.

Meanwhile, Pink Floyd man Rogers Waters has weighed in.

More here and here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “There are two concerts for the people of Venezuela this weekend–and this is very weird.

  • February 20, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Roger Waters: “…and can everyone please get back to the much more important business of bashing the only free democracy in the Middle East while ignoring the atrocities committed all around it!” What a fucking twat!! How arrogant to believe anyone gives a shit about what he thinks in the first place.


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