Midge Ure

30 Years Ago Today... Band Aid Remembered With These Rare, Vintage Pics

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

This week it's all kicking off for Band Aid 30 - Bob Geldof planning a few more versions because what he heard in the studio was so impressive, Emeli ...

Band Aid Is Offensive

John Wight | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.

BandAid30: Who Should Sing The Song's Crucial First Line?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

With the luminaries of BandAid30 preparing to assemble for the weekend recording of the anniversary single, we're pondering who'll be singing what, sp...

Win A Seat Inside The #BandAid30 Studio!

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

Remember that video when various 1980s pop stars turned up one Sunday morning to a music studio in Notting Hill, all trainers, hairspray and rolled up...

Rachel McGrath

Bob Geldof Confirms Band Aid 30 Line-Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel McGrath | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed their plans to record Band Aid 30, with all proceeds going towards efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in West...

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Neil Cossar | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

On 25 Nov in 1984, the cream of the British pop world gathered at SARM Studios, London, to record the historic Do They Know It's Christmas? The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting, and George Michael.

Caroline Frost

'Show Us The Money' - Going Beyond Poverty Cliches

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Entertainment

"It's time to look beyond all the unhelpful cliches about poverty and see if there's a bigger, wider truth to be explored." The BBC's Storyville ed...

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Caroline Mortimer | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK
Caroline Mortimer

People dismiss 'begging' as immoral but who would sit on the freezing pavement to be ignored all day if they did not have too? Who would live in the cold or in a hostel if they could have a home instead?