Adele rejects invitation to join Band Aid 30 line-up

Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran and One Direction all performing on the charity single

Adele has turned down the chance to perform on the new Band Aid 30 charity single after rebuffing Bob Geldof’s advances.

A number of high profile pop stars and musicians arrived at Sarm Studios in West London yesterday for recording, including Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Rita Ora and Jessie Ware. Adele, however, was not among them despite Geldof revealing to The Sunday Mirror that he had attempted to contact the singer.

“I got through to someone, not her, but she’s not doing anything at all at the moment. It’s fine, I understand it’s not for everybody and other people support in different ways,” said Geldof. “I put the call in. I didn’t speak to her. I spoke to Jonathan (her manager) and he says, ‘I can’t speak to her. I try but she won’t pick up the phone’.”

The assorted stars who have taken up the invitation are recording a new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola. This updated version will feature new lyrics, such as, “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you” to replace Bono’s original line “Well tonight thank god it’s them instead of you.” The single will be premiered on The X Factor tonight (November 16) and becomes available to buy online on Monday (November 17) with the physical release following on December 8.

The original song was released 30 years ago and featured George Michael, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Jody Watley and Boy George, among others. All proceeds went to relieve those affected by famine in Ethiopia. Two more versions of the track were released in 1989 and 2004.