Band Aid 30: One Direction, Sam Smith and Rita Ora

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Band Aid 30: One Direction, Sam Smith and Rita Ora
17th November 2014

It’s been three decades since Phil Collins, Sting and George Michael were led by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure into the studios to record the now iconic single Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise money for the Ethiopian famine. 

Now the song has been taken back to the studio for a third official update to raise money for the Ebola crisis, which has killed 5000 people so far, mainly in West Africa. 

One Direction, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé and Ellie Goulding are among the host of stars who helped record the reworked track. 

The UK government have announced VAT will not have to be paid on the single, which had it’s first official airing on ITV’s X Factor. Bob Geldof said the version which appeared was a “rough cut.”

Sarah Champion, a presenter on Absolute Radio, discusses the new take on a Christmas classic and what it means for these celebrities to be raising money for Ebola. 

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