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Band Aid (band)
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Band Aid (band)

Do They Know It's Christmas? artist Peter Blake

Band Aid were an international charity supergroup founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The name "Band Aid" was chosen because it had a double meaning. At one level it means a band of musicians getting together to offer aid but, at another level, it is also an acknowledgement of the fact that such a gesture is like putting a sticking plaster on a gaping wound and doesn't address the full extent of the problem of world famine.

They released a single, "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Geldof/Ure) (Mercury FEED 1) in the UK on December 15 1984, having recorded the song in one day on November 25. The record was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and produced by Midge Ure and Trevor Horn and became that year's Christmas Number One hit single.

The single was released as a 7" (3'55'') and a 12" version (6'18'').

The record was re-issued the following Christmas and reached Number Three on December 7, 1985. In all it raised in excess of 8 million.

Table of contents
1 Related Projects
2 Participants
3 See also

Related Projects

The Band Aid project inspired several other events:


The original Band Aid ensemble consisted of (in sleeve order):

The sleeve artist, Peter Blake, was also credited on the sleeve.

The line up for the Band Aid II project consisted of:

See also