Tonight The X Factor had the world premiere of the new Band Aid 30 charity song featuring Bono, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, Olly Murs Chris Martin, One Direction, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and many more.
The video was recorded yesterday to help raise money for Ebola relief in West Africa. It has been thirty years since Bob Geldof and Midge Ure penned Do They Know It’s Christmas? to help the starving of Ethiopia, with the lyrics being changed slightly, to reflect the current cause.
It’s not the first re-imagining of the song, but as ever, the aim stays the same – helping through music.
Sir Bob Geldof, who introduced the video, said, “Thanks Simon for allowing us to do this… the reason they came yesterday, the reason Simon wants you to see this is this thing could arrive on a plane at any time… this is the most anti-human disease… But we will support those immensely brave 1000 NHS doctors and workers… and the government who are leading the world on this.
“iTunes are giving us 100%, tomorrow at 8am, this is about us, it could be here, buy this thing. Don’t get it free. Buy five, buy ten, it’s a great track, it doesn’t have to be, but wait until you see this.
“We’re going to stop this thing, buy this up.”
Here’s how Twitter responded to the debut…
There was excitement
CANT WAIT TO WATCH THE #BandAid30 VIDEOOOOOOOO
— shawn knows char (@drunknjh__) November 16, 2014
A lot of excitement
— Jemima (@Jemimawoolnough) November 16, 2014
There was pre-ordering
— Brianna Walker (@BriannaWalker) November 16, 2014
We were made to wait, but the excitement held…
— ⛄Snowm(illie)an⛄ (@LOVE_JOE_SUGG) November 16, 2014
Here’s who everyone was waiting for
— Ollie Thomas (@olliet13) November 16, 2014
Questions needed to be answered
— Josh Turbill (@Joshuaturbill) November 16, 2014
And then it launched
Love it already #BandAid30
— Lo Fernandes (@laurenfernandes) November 16, 2014
— janine (@justinsritual) November 16, 2014
— Lee Roberts (@MrLeeRoberts) November 16, 2014
Goosebumps at the band aid song?#BandAid30
— Tanith (@tanith_xo) November 16, 2014
— – (@arianasbiebsx) November 16, 2014
Love the band aid single ?❤️ #BandAid30
— Carla Lennox (@carlalennox_) November 16, 2014
— Jessica Baldwin (@jessicab_89) November 16, 2014
#BandAid30 respect ???
— jessica (@myprideclifford) November 16, 2014
This is beautiful #BandAid30
— Charley (@imcharleyhollie) November 16, 2014
Powerful stuff. Bloody amazing. #BandAid30
— Dawn. (@emotionalprawn) November 16, 2014
I have chills #BandAid30
— g (@KATNlSSEVERDEEN) November 16, 2014
You can pre-order #BandAid30 – Do They Know It's Christmas?
— Mpho Knowlman (@tixezalereci) November 16, 2014