by Bill Pearis

Band Aid

It's Christmas time and there's no need to be afraid...unless you're scared of charity singles. Then maybe it is. Bob Geldof's Band Aid is 30 years old this year and to celebrate they've re-recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (co-written by Midge Ure) with a whole load of new pop stars, including Sam Smith, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Chris Martin, Jessie Ware, One Direction, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Seal and more. A few of the original's performers have returned for this one, including the recently-injured Bono, who finds himself in the exact same place in the song. With a bit of a lyrical rewrite. His line was easily the original's most infamous, horrible lyric, "tonight, thank god it's them instead of you" but he now sings "tonight we're reaching out and turn to you." Oh, that's better.

The song is available to buy on iTunes and proceeds go to help fight Ebola. Will we get Live Aid 30 in 2015? Stay tuned. The video for "Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)" debuted on The X Factor and you can watch it, and check out the full list of performers, below...

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Band Aid 30 participating artists:
Midge Ure
Clean Bandit
Sam Smith
One Direction
Ellie Goulding
Sinead O'Connor
Underworld
Roger Taylor
Paul Epworth
Ed Sheeran
Robert Plant
Disclosure
Olly Murs
Jimmy Napes
Elbow
Emeli Sande
Angélique Kidjo
Rita Ora
Paloma Faith
Chris Martin
Bono
Bastille
Jessie Ware
Fuse ODG
Seal