I guess there must have been 70,000 people there that day. That was the capacity of the old Wembley Stadium.
Most of us were there to see Simple Minds. Most of us had little idea who Nelson Mandella was. He was still in prison at the time
Myself and Our Kid took seats on the side of the station and watched the acts come and go. Mostly they were the big names of the day - perhaps trying to support the cause of freedom for South Africa, perhaps just trying to sell some more records.
Graham Chapman asking for 30 seconds of abuse
The whole stadium reverberating to the low bass of UB40
Watching the endless drum solos of the african musicians that inter-spersed the main acts
George Michael's set - and not being able to hear a single word he was singing
Everyone singing "how long - to sing this song" and hoping that U2 were gonna fill the blank spot on the programme.
Wishing Courtney Pine would get off and stop playing Jazz
Having to leave half-way through Dire Straits to catch the last train back
There was much talk of that hour - a mystery guest. Some were saying the Beatles were gonna reform with Julian taking his father's place, some claimed the Rolling Stones. In the end we got an hour of Hugh Masekala and Winne Bombata - only finding out after we returned home that it was supposed to have been Stevie Wonder, but someone had stolen his equipment.
It was long and sometimes slow day, it was noisy and some acts were better than others.
Most of it is now erased by the passing of the years: I know what we were supporting that day now and I wish i'd known more about it at the time.
But I always remember this one girl
She got up on the stage alone with her guitar, no backing musicians - just her and her voice. None of us had ever heard of her - she was a newcomer playing to 70,000 Simple Minds fans
If you looked at the big screens you could see her shaking - but that voice took us away.
Now I'm not much of a fan of female singers: I can't stand all that Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston warbling around the notes - but that voice touched me, sending shivers down my spine. She was shaking - but she was totally in that moment, meaning every single word.
I guess it was one of those moments where we really stopped for a few seconds and remembered what we had paid our £40 for
Talking about a revolution