Dutch lukewarm on Live Earth
The Dutch papers are fairly unanimous in their reviews of the Live Earth concerts on Saturday.
Many acts weren’t at their best, with Madonna one of the few to prepare something special. The event may have raised awareness of climate change but it left an enormous carbon footprint.
The Dutch seem particularly unmoved by the whole thing, with an average of 200,000 watching the 20 hours of tv coverage. And the unofficial event in Amsterdam’s Westerpark drew a crowd of just 20,000.
The AD says the Westerpark event was seen as an excuse to enjoy an afternoon of outdoor music, with many visitors unaware of the message they were supposed to be receiving. And this despite tv weatherman Gerrit Hiemstra delivering a worrying forecast for 2050 and environmentalists falling over each other to hand out brochures.
The Volkskrant says Live Earth will go the way of Live 8. In a few days no one will be talking about it.
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