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 Africa.
Midge Ure and Bob Geldof
Bono, Emeli Sande, Sam Smith are also set to join Bob and Midge on Saturday 15 November, when the recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ takes place, along with Sinead O’Connor and Fuse ODG.
Paloma Faith, Foals, Olly Murs and Ellie Goulding are also confirmed as taking part.
Bob revealed that a number of the acts have shifted their schedules especially, including Bastille, who have given up two US arena dates to attend the recording session.
There are a number of stars yet to be confirmed for the project, and Bob is currently waiting to find out whether ‘The Voice’ can rearrange their schedule, so that Rita Ora can take part.
Bob also stated that he has written to David Bowie, asking him to introduce the music video, as he did with the original Band Aid track in 1984.
The single is set for release online on Monday 17 November, while physical copies - including single artwork by Tracey Emin - will be in stores 3 weeks later.
The song will not be available to stream on Spotify until January.
A number of versions of the track will be available, including remixes by Disclosure and Underworld.
Speaking of their decision to assemble an all-star group and record the track, Bob stated: “There was quite a lot of pressure on me and Midge to do it.
“Three weeks ago, I received a call from the UN, stating that they needed 20% more across the board, [in terms of] resources and personnel.
“It has nothing to do with nostalgia.”
The Boomtown Rats singer also revealed that the track’s lyrics have been altered and updated.
“We’ve retweaked the lyrics so they are less about hunger, but Band Aid still says ‘feed the world’.”
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