Stars gather for Band Aid 20

A galaxy of music stars will re-record Do They Know It’s Christmas? today, 20 years after the birth of the original Band Aid single.

A galaxy of music stars will re-record Do They Know It’s Christmas? Today, 20 years after the birth of the original Band Aid single.

Band Aid 20 will feature a line up including Robbie Williams (pictured), Paul McCartney and boy band Busted.

The Who’s Who of the pop and rock world will gather at a recording studio in London today to create a new version of the charity single.

Band Aid 20 is the name given to the new line-up because it is 20 years since acts like U2, Bananarama, George Michael and Duran Duran got together to first record the song.

Ultravox’s Midge Ure, who penned Do They Know it’s Christmas? with Bob Geldof, is executive producer of the new record.

Artists this time include chart-topping band Keane, R&B star Ms Dynamite, newcomer Natasha Bedingfield, singer Katie Melua and pop queen Jamelia.

Robbie Williams has already recorded his part in a Los Angeles recording studio while Dido has done the same in Australia.

Pop Idol’s Will Young, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and rocker Justin Hawkins from The Darkness are some of the big names featuring on Band Aid 20.

Matt Jay, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne from Busted are also involved and so are the girls from the Sugababes.

It is also thought that Bono might return to sing his famous line “Well tonight thank God it’s them, instead of you“, which the U2 frontman sang on the original.

Other acts include Snow Patrol, soul diva Beverley Knight and former All Saints member Shaznay Lewis.

Fame Academy runner-up and R&B star Lemar, soul sensation Joss Stone and Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal are also on board.

Fran Healy from Travis, Danny Goffey from Supergrass, Morcheeba’s Skye Edwards, singer Estelle, Neil Hannon from Divine Comedy and Feeder are all set to contribute.

The new recording will hit the shops on November 29, with all proceeds going to famine relief in Africa via the Band Aid Trust.

Funds will be targeted at helping victims of the famine in the Darfur region of Sudan, where there are 1.8 million people suffering from hunger.

The track, produced by Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead, is being recorded at Air Studios in north London.

British contemporary artist Damien Hirst is designing the sleeve artwork for the record. Geldof has called on everyone to go out and buy the track. He wrote in yesterday’s Sun newspaper: “It must enter the charts at number one and stay there.

“We are not going to let you down. Please don’t let us down.”

In 1984, 3.5 million Band Aid records were sold in the UK alone, raising millions to help starving people in Africa.

The new recording is tipped to be the Christmas number one and VAT will not be charged on its sales in Ireland or the UK.

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