“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is a song written in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. It was first recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid, a supergroup put together by Geldof and Ure and consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time.
At a press conference on 10 November 2014, Geldof and Ure announced that in 2014 a group of artists would again come together to re-record the song, this time under the banner of Band Aid 30 and in aid of the Ebola crisis. It was released on the following Monday, 17 November, 11 days short of the 30th anniversary of the release of the original version of the track.
Tracy Emin provided the artwork and Paul Epworth produced the track. Vocal contributions came from artists including Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Seal, Sam Smith, Sinéad O’Connor, Rita Ora, Emeli Sandé, Bastille and Olly Murs. Returning guest musicians from previous versions of the song also included Chris Martin (who recorded the opening lines of the 2004 version), Bono (who sang the tenth line in both the 1984 and 2004 versions) and Roger Taylor.The line “Well, there won’t be snow in Africa” is changed to “Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa”.