Queen's Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware and Ed Sheeran were also seen entering Sarm Studios in London
Stars have arrived in their droves for the recording of the Band Aid 30 single this morning (November 15).
Midge Ure was the first to show at Sarm Studios in West London at 8am. Ultravox singer Ure masterminded the first Band Aid in 1984 alongside Bob Geldof, who arrived an hour later, telling the media: “Buy this thing. Don’t go looking for it free.” He also explained that the chancellor George Osborne will waive VAT on the single. 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 fans screamed as Harry Styles arrived, one girl behind a barrier bursting into tears upon seeing him. A clutch of dedicated fans of the pop band had been waiting outside the studio since 5am. The rest of the band arrived separately throughout the morning.
Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit were also seen entering the studio, as were Bastille, who cancelled a number of Canadian shows to attend the session. “It’s nerve-wracking. I feel quite scared to be with that many of my peers,” commented Paloma Faith upon arriving. Emeli Sande explained that she felt “really honoured” to be taking part, while Ellie Goulding said she was “excited and nervous”.
The assorted stars and celebs are recording a new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, which 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.