Photo: Band Aid Trust/Brian Aris/Camera Press
UPDATE: The video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas (2014)” is now available to stream on YouTube; watch it here. Unfortunately, a representative of Disclosure has denied the band’s involvement in the single; no remix version will be coming from the duo, either.
Since Bob Geldof and Midge Ure wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in 1984 to help raise funds for combating a severe famine in Ethiopia, the song has become a symbol of an era and– perhaps unwillingly– a modern Christmas classic. Two cover versions were released in 1989 and 2004 respectively, and now top (mostly) British performing artists are coming together once again to recreate the pop happening. The proceeds from the sale of this year’s single, recorded under the collective name Band Aid 30, will go towards the victims of Ebola in West Africa.
“Do They Know It’s Christmas (2013)” was recorded yesterday in Sarm West Studios in London (just like the original version), and features Queen drummer Roger Taylor as well as an array of singers:
Angelique Kidjo, Bastille, Bono (of U2), Clean Bandit, Disclosure, Marcus Mumford (of Mumford and Sons), Elbow, Paloma Faith, Fuse ODG, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin, Olly Murs, Seal, Sinead O’Connor, Rita Ora, Robert Plant, One Direction, Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Underworld, Jessie Ware, Zoe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Nick Grimshaw, Joe Sugg.
“Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)” will be out in the UK on Monday, Novemeber 17. Additionally, Disclosure and Underworld are each working on a remix of the track; the two will be released on December 8.
Before tomorrow’s big reveal comes, here’s the original 1984 of the epic single, sung by Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Sting, and the members of Spandau Ballet, U2, Duran Duran (to name a few):