Bob Geldof tells the public to download Band Aid 30 single: ‘Whether you like it or not’

The musician and activist calls Ebola a "filthy little disease"

Bob Geldof has urged the public to download the new Band Aid 30 single numerous times and even if they don’t like it, in order to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola.

Speaking to the press outside Sarm Studios in West London this morning (November 15), Geldof said it didn’t matter if people liked the single, it was about raising money for charity. “Whether you like it or not, is not the issue,” he commented. “It’s a badge of honour to have it. It really is something to be proud of… It’s not just about what’s happening in West Africa – it’s a filthy little disease this.”

He added that even if people are just watching the video on YouTube, they should donate money to the cause. “If you’re going to watch it, donate. Download it 10 times… This thing isn’t about me or you or them: it’s about us.” He also explained that the chancellor George Osborne will waive VAT on the single. “Buy this thing. Don’t go looking for it free,” he said.

The new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ is being made to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola and will receive it’s premiere on The X Factor tomorrow night (November 16). One Direction, Elbow, Bastille, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande and Ellie Goulding are all taking part in the recording.

The song features new lyrics, such as “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you” to replace Bono’s original infamous line “Well tonight thank god it’s them instead of you.” The single will be available to buy online on Monday (November 17), with the physical release coming on December 8, complete with remixes from Disclosure and Underworld.