Jessie J, Tom Jones and Baaba Maal amplify the call to end extreme poverty at agit8 in London

Jessie J, Tom Jones and Baaba Maal amplify the call to end extreme poverty at agit8 in London


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Jessie J tells the crowd at agit8 to join ONE.

Day Two of agit8 live in London had another incredible line-up of artists, and the crowds were even bigger than the day before. 

Tom Jones and Jools Holland kicked the music off with ‘Lord Help’ and Jake Bugg did an incredible cover of ‘Universal Soldier’ originally made famous by Donovan.  Romeo from The Magic Numbers re-created Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’ before Yadi upped the tempo.

X-factor star Amelia Lilly and YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie attracted lots of new fans, and Ethiopian group Krar Collective performed with Spoek Mathambo. Alison Moyet covered Elvis Costello’s ‘Shipbuilding’, and actress Juliet Stevenson silenced the crowd with a spoken word performance of Ang San Suu Kyi’s speech on the power of protest.  We also crammed in performances from Tom Robinson, Logic, Grace, The View and Josh Record.

Tinie Tempah got everyone jumping with his track ‘Written In The Stars’, and Paolo Nutini had an exceptional amount of love from the crowd.  Jessie J mesmerised with three tracks including ‘Who You Are’ and Baaba Maal ended the day with a bang – and then the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ right back at him when the MC announced it was a special occasion.

Tinie Tempah performs ‘Written In The Stars’ at agit8.

Our team of volunteers were working the crowds, encouraging people to join ONE and telling them about the urgent opportunity we have to influence the G8 to act decisively to end extreme poverty in just a few days time.

Candace, originally from Santa Monica in America but studying in London said, ‘I have had so many positive comments, people are approaching me more than I have had to approach them. If I could speak to the  G8 leaders next week, I would remind them there are people going to bed with empty stomachs which is something I don’t think they will ever have to endure.  I would encourage them to take a look at themselves and ask what they are doing to help.’

ONE volunteers Harriet and Osmond signing up new supporters at agit8

Harriet from Nottingham said, ‘I think extreme poverty is something that people know a lot about but don’t really know how to act on, so to make it this easy, how can people not want to do it? It also helps to have these crazy acts – no-one believes you when you say Tom Jones or Tinie Tempah is playing in a few minutes.’

And Osmond from South London had his own message for the G8: ‘I would say to them, it’s clear what the public want and it’s their job to make it happen. It has to happen.  Extreme poverty is the next big thing we need to sort out.’

Our volunteers did an amazing job and signed up over 6,000 new ONE members in two days.  I asked them what for ONE word that sums up volunteering with ONE – here’s what they said..

Videos of all the live agit8 performances are being edited right now and will be appearing on the agit8 website soon. For now watch Green Day, Biffy Clyro, U2, Bruce Springsteen and much more.

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