Adele, Ed Sheeran, Bono sign up to Band Aid 30

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 November 2014


Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran and a host of other famous faces have all been confirmed to appear on a cover of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' to raise money to prevent Ebola

Adele, Bono, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have signed up for Band Aid 30.

The trio will be joined by several other big names from the world of music, including Sinead O'Connor, Ellie Goulding and Coldplay's Chris Martin, to contribute to a recording of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', which will celebrate 30 years since the original track was released while also raising vital funds to prevent the spread of Ebola.

At a press conference today (10.11.14), Sir Bob Geldof - who is organising the charity recording for a fourth time - said: "It really doesn't matter if you don't like this song, it really doesn't matter if you hate all the artists. What you have to do is buy this thing."

Recording of the single, which the 63-year-old musician joked was "the worst kept secret this year", will begin this weekend (15.11.14), and will include 'X Factor' alumnus Olly Murs and 'Pompeii' hitmakers, Bastille.

Other famous faces who will appear on the track include Jessie Ware, Foals, Underworld, Fuse ODG and Paloma Faith, while acclaimed artist Tracey Emin will provide the cover art.

U2 frontman Bono will also return for Band Aid 30, having featured in the original recording in 1984 alongside Phil Collins, David Bowie, George Michael and Sting.

The announcement comes just days after One Direction were confirmed to be part of the single.

Bob and Ultravox star Midge Ure also confirmed Rita Ora had been on-board for the fourth rendition of the track, but has since had to pull out due to contractual agreements with the BBC linked to her role as a mentor on 'The Voice'.

The single is set to be released on November 17, but Bob revealed the track will not appear on streaming websites until the new year, claiming "I'm a Taylor Swiftian."

It comes after Taylor Swift pulled her albums from music streaming service Spotify.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074


Smokey soul pop from Adele, touring he latest smash hit album 25.

Ed Sheeran

Folky rapping singer-songwriter on the block, mooning over girls and stuff, such as on the big hit 'The A-Team'.

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