Band Aid 30: One Direction and Ed Sheeran confirmed for Bob Geldof's charity Ebola single

Bono and Chris Martin have also confirmed they will take part

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Bob Geldof has announced the line-up for his new Band Aid song, which will raise funds to help fight Ebola in West Africa.

One Direction, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Foals, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Emelie Sandé, Sam Smith, Olly Murs, Bono and Chris Martin are among the artists confirmed to take part in the charity single, which has "nothing to do with nostalgia".

More musical "giants" are still to be announced, including possible vocals from David Bowie.

The lyrics "Do They Know It's Christmas?" will be tweaked and modernised to address the recent outbreak of Ebola, described by Geldof as "a pernicious illness which renders people untouchable".

Speaking at a press conference in London, Geldof said: "This is the worst kept secret in the world. We will reconvene nearly 30 years to the day.

"Three weeks ago I got a call from the UN saying they required a 20 per cent increase across the board. They are very concerned about the situation in West Africa.

"We called up some giants and they said they would come again to the party."

 

Geldof added that he and singer Midge Ure felt they had a duty to raise money with sales from the single, which will feature an album cover designed by Tracey Emin.

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"[Ure] and I both feel, the Irishman and Scotsman, should gather the pop crow together again and do our thing," he said.

"It really doesn't matter if you hate this song or you don't like this song, you have to buy this thing."

The new Band Aid 30 single will be recorded on 15 November and released to buy two days later. To ensure that maximum funds are raised for charity, it will not be available to stream on Spotify until January.

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