Live Earth's South African venue changes


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Organizers of the South African leg of the Live Earth concerts have announced a change of venue for the July 7 show.

According to a statement from promoters Big Concerts, "A decision to change the venue for the Johannesburg leg of the series was made in order to accommodate critical logistical requirements."

The Live Earth concert will now be staged in Johannesburg's 18,000-capacity Coca-Cola Dome instead of Maropeng, which is situated in the Cradle of Humankind, a 45-minute drive outside the city.

According to sources, the original location's long distance from the city center meant spectators would have to make their own travel arrangements, a situation that is said to have led to slow ticket sales.

The Coca-Cola Dome, which is within easy reach of public transport and close to most of the city's suburbs, is frequently used for international acts. American rock act Fall Out Boy is scheduled to play at the venue for its debut South African performance on July 20.

This change of venue follows the announcement that the Istanbul, Turkey, leg of the global concert extravaganza has been canceled, with organizers now attempting to broadcast the other shows from around the world on giant screens in the city (, June 22, 2007).

Live Earth South Africa is being headlined by U.K. singer Joss Stone, along with Senegal's Baaba Maal, Benin's Angelique Kidjo and U.K. band UB40. Local acts are the Parlotones, Soweto Gospel Choir, Zola, Danny K and Vusi Mahlasela.