On 25th November 1984, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure persuaded and cajoled some of the biggest names in 80s UK pop to give their time for free and take part in the recording of a charity single to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia.
Produced in just one day-long session and featuring over 30 musicians – including Boy George flying in from New York to provide vocals – the single was available to buy four days later and went straight to number one in the US singles chart.
The success of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ would inspire USA For Africa’s ‘We Are The World’ single and the even more ambitious Live Aid concerts held the following summer, which were viewed by 1.9 billion people around the globe.
New versions of the song were recorded in 1989 and 2004 and now again with the new recording featuring stars like One Direction, Bono, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith as well as Seal and Sinead O’Connor. Band Aid 30 hopes to raise money for aid in the Ebola outbreak.