‘I fear another famine,’ Bob Geldof, organizer of Live Aid, tells Euronews

The Sani music festival in northern Greece celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. In the balmy night air, large crowds gathered to hear Irish rock star Bob Geldof and his band the Bobkatz play some classic Boomtown Rats hits.

Geldof is famous for his famine fundraising activities, and he used his appearance to warn about the impact of the war in Ukraine on the world’s food supply.

“Putin uses food as a weapon,” he told Euronews. “Millions of people, people who have never heard of Ukraine, people who have never heard of Putin, will die because of what he does.”

“He says it’s a military operation. So what does the grit have to do with it? It’s disgusting. It’s disgraceful, and he’s despicable.”

“Everything is new, and everyone has their own opinion”

37 years ago, Geldof organized the Live Aid charity concert to raise money to fight famine – and today he believes in finding new ways to mobilize global opinion.

“Social media will be the mechanism by which something could happen,” he said. “But for it to work, it’s too diffuse.”

“So one way to think about that is that spreading the medium meant diluting the message.”

“That’s the problem. Everyone has it. Everyone has access to it. Everyone has an opinion, and you just get noise. Everything is new. Everything is determined by this thing that we have in our pocket (mobile phone). Everything. And we still haven’t quite figured out what that means,” Geldof explained.

For more than 30 years, dozens of concerts have taken place on Sani Hill in Halkidiki, with the ruins of its 14th century tower in the background.

This year the festival has broadened its horizons beyond jazz: it opened with concerts by Chucho Vald├ęs and Paquito D’Rivera, and the curtain will fall on August 20 with a concert by Andrea Bocelli.