The G8 summit in Lough Erne last month produced precious few policy commitments, but it served once again as a fascinating focal point for transnational advocacy networks. Among the more innovative contributions in this regard was agit8, a campaign by ONE to encourage the leaders of eight of the world’s largest economies and the European Union (EU) to end extreme poverty by 2030. ONE is an advocacy group founded by U2 lead singer Bono in 2004 that seeks to raise consciousness among policy-making elites about extreme poverty and preventable diseases rather than funds from the general public. In keeping with this mission, agit8 steered clear of the traditional charity single trope by inviting well-known musicians to contribute their favourite protest songs to an online campaign designed to draw attention to the decisions taken by G8 leaders in Lough Erne. Among the protest songs chosen here were standards such as the Clash’s London Calling, Bob Dylan’s Masters of War and the Specials AKA’s Free Nelson Mandela. Bono’s own contribution to this catalogue, a new acoustic version of U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, was a curious one. Continue reading