By Shannon Carlin
Nearly every British artist ever gathered together this weekend to re-record the holiday classic, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in honor of the charity single’s 30th anniversary.
One Direction kick off the remake of Band Aid’s 1984 single, which was originally created by Bob Geldof and Midge Ureto to raise money for 1983 to 1985 famine in Ethiopia.
Soon Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Seal, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin, Sinead O’Connor, Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware, Bastille, Robert Plant, Marcus Mumford and Sam Smith join in. Even Bono re-appears—the only one from the original to do so—to recreate his signature line.
Unfortunately, Adele did not take part in the song, though she was previously reported to be a part of the recording.
Her spokesperson denied rumors that she turned down Geldof’s request to appear on the track—he says she ignored his phone calls—maintaining that she chose to support the cause “with a donation.”