Bob Geldof to re-record ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ for 30th anniversary of Band Aid

One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith may appear on the track

Bob Geldof is expected to release an updated version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ for the 30th anniversary of Band Aid.

The Boomtown Rats singer is expected to announce the line-up of contributors later today (November 10), with BBC News reporting that proceedings will be donated to help the fight against Ebola.

The likes of One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are thought to have been targeted by Geldof for the track.


“A few big names were very surprised to see he had emailed them just asking if they would be interested in being part of a project,” a source recently told The Sun.

“Bob feels very passionately about the current Ebola crisis, so it’s likely this could be the cause he wants to help this time around.”

The original song was produced by Midge Ure and featured Bono, 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.

Geldof has previously spoken of the detrimental effect activism has had on his music career, asserting that he could have enjoyed success on the scale of Sting and Paul Weller. “It’s completely damaged my ability to do the thing I love,” he told the Evening Standard in 2012. “If it hadn’t happened I think I would have been able to make the transition from The Boomtown Rats to a solo thing more like Paul Weller or Sting.”


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