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New lyrics to Band Aid song will focus on 'pernicious' Ebola

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have called the announcement that a new version of the Christmas hit Do They Know It's Christmas? is "the worst kept secret this year."

He went on to say that the lyrics to the song will be changed to reflect the Ebola epidemic that the track will be in aid of.

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Band Aid 30 will be available next week

Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction. Credit: Kobby Dagan/ABACAUSA.COM

The new Band Aid 30 track will be recorded on 15th November and will be available on 17th. It will not be available on Spotify until January.

Sir Bob Geldof said that they have yet to discuss the VAT options with the government but are hopeful that they will reach a deal to ensure more money goes to the charity.

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Adele and One Direction amongst artists to be involved with Band Aid 30

Adele will be involved with Band Aid 30. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed some of the artists that will be involved in the Band Aid 30 track.

  • Adele
  • Bastille
  • Bono
  • Chris Martin
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Ollie Murs
  • Sam Smith
  • One Direction

Bob Geldof talks Band Aid anniversary

Bob Geldof performed with his band The Boomtown Rats in Exeter last night (Sunday 9 November) amid speculation that he's planning a new record to commemorate 30 years since Band Aid. His passion to help remains the same but a song hasn't yet been agreed.

It's 30 years almost to the week of the first record so there's a lot of pressure on me to do something but there has to be a purpose, I'm not interested in nostalgia I'm not really interested in talking about the past, never mind looking at it, there ain't no rear view mirror in this car so it has to be now.

– Bob Geldof

Stereo Kicks X Factor performance interrupted

Stereo Kicks made it through to the next round of the X Factor last night. The eight strong boy band, which includes Devon's Barclay Beales, was successful despite an unscheduled interuption by comedian Lee Nelson. He invaded the stage and joined in only to be escorted off by a security guard.

You can watch the performance below - Nelson's stunt is at 1:15:

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Thousands expected at tonight's tar barrel rolling

Adults from the Devonshire village of Ottery St Mary carry the traditional Tar Barrel through the streets of the village on Bonfire night. Credit: PA

Thousands of people are expected to watch the ancient tradition of tar barrel rolling tonight.

Every year, people run through the streets of Ottery St Mary carrying flaming barrels on their shoulders. It is thought to date from the time of the Black Death, when it was designed to scare off rats that carried the plague.

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Glastonbury founded Michael Eavis honoured

Emily and Michael Eavis. Credit: PA

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has been honoured at a star-studded awards ceremony for his outstanding contribution to live music in the UK.

The 79-year-old, who runs the festival at Worthy Farm with his daughter Emily, founded it in 1970 and it is now one of the most famous music events in the world.

He said: "After crawling through a hole in the hedge to take a peep at Freddie Bannister's Bath Blues Festival in 1970, I can't believe that 44 years of semi-controlled chaos has led to me receiving this prestigious award. Thank you all so much."

Many of the acts who have performed over the years sent messages paying tribute to Eavis.

Damon Albarn - who has performed with his bands Blur and Gorillaz - saying: "I'd like to thank you for your husbandry of the musical health of the British Isles and far further afield."

Lily Allen performing on Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage. Credit: PA

Lily Allen, who has been going the festival since she was a child before performing many years later, said: "Your festival is literally better than Christmas. I love you, you have made the world a bearable place."

Previous winners of the accolade at the annual Music Industry Trusts Awards include Sir Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kylie Minogue.

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