Nelson Mandela is turning 90, and he’s doing it with style. A massive concert will be held in London for the former South-African president on 27 June to honour his life and work. A reformed Queen, now fronted by Paul Rodgers, Razorlight, Annie Lenox, Leona Lewis, and Simple Minds will be joined by South African artists for the Hyde Park concert as part of the 4664 Campaign.
The 4664 Campaign takes its name from Mandela’s number from his 27-year stint as a political prisoner. To further commemorate its significance, exactly 4,664 tickets will be released for the event. The proceeds will help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly five and a half million South Africans live with HIV/AIDS, and Mr Mandela lost his son to AIDS in 2005.
The three days leading up to the 4664 Concert Honouring Nelson Mandela at 90 will also be action packed, with members of the Royal Family, Bill Clinton and Gordon Brown, and other celebrities joining in celebratory activities. Tickets for the concert will cost £65, but no word yet on when they go on sale.
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