One Direction confirmed for Band Aid 30 project

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Doncaster pop star Louis Tomlinson has been confirmed as part of the huge musical ensemble set to record the fourth version of the Band Aid charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas.

He will join his One Direction band-mates as well as the likes of Ed Sheeran, Elbow and Bono for the recording, which is due to take place this Saturday.

Announcing the project, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, who masterminded the original single in 1984, said the song’s lyrics would be changed to reflect the Ebola crisis.

The original sold 3.7 million copies and raised £8m for famine relief in Ethiopia.

The new version will be recorded this Saturday and should be available for download on Monday morning.

So far, confirmed artists include U2’s Bono, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Emeli Sande, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, Paloma Faith, Foals and Bastille.

Versions will also be recorded in France, Germany and the USA.

“Think Daft Punk. Think Johnny Hallyday,” said Geldof, at a press conference in London earlier.

The original track featured the voices of George Michael, Bono, Duran Duran and Bananarama, among others.

The 1984 version featured the likes of Bono, George Michael and Boy George while a 1989 rehash featured Sonia, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.
A 20th anniversary re-issue in 2004 featured Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal, Keane and Robbie Williams among others.