October 20, 2004 14:52

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COLDPLAY have confirmed they've been invited to take part in the re-recording of the BAND AID charity classic 'DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS?' - but their involvement is by no means certain.

UK tabloid reports this morning (October 20) stated the band, alongside the likes of [a][/a] and Travis, would be teaming up on the 20th anniversary of the single's release to put together a new version.

Midge Ure, who planned the original Band Aid and Live Aid projects alongside Bob Geldof, is quoted in today's Sun newspaper as saying: "It's definitely going to happen. I'm very excited.

"The line-up proves that this country is brimming with talent and the big names approached seem very keen."

Ure added: "Chris Martin actually contacted me. He reminds me of a young Bono."

However, a spokesperson for Coldplay told NME.COM: “Like a number of other artists Coldplay have been approached and are awaiting further developments.”

A statement issued by Travis reads: “Travis front man Fran Healy has been approached by Midge Ure to lend his support to a re recording of the 1984 Band Aid hit single 'Do They Know It's Christmas'.

”We are awaiting further details concerning the recording but Fran supports this initiative to raise awareness and funds for the severe famine conditions in Sudan.

Healy said, " This is a fantastic idea. I will be anywhere they want me to be at anytime and I will cancel any engagement to take part."

Other acts reported to be taking part include Robbie Williams, Jamelia, Noel Gallagher and Dido.

The single is hot favourite to be the Christmas Number One, and will also feature the original version released in 1984. A re-recorded version also reached Number One in 1989.

The original raised £8 million for famine relief in Ethiopia and spawned the massively successful Live Aid concert in July 1985.

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