Band Aid 30: One Direction, Ellie Goulding and Chris Martin arrive to record charity single

The musicians taking part in Band Aid 30 were up early on Saturday morning to begin recording the charity single. Rita Ora was the first star to step out at the Notting Hill studio, shortly followed by the members of One Direction, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan.


One Direction star Harry Styles was one of the first to arrive at the Notting Hill venue

In spite of the early hour, scores of fans lined the streets outside Sarm Studios to see those taking part in Band Aid 30 including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, Bono, Paloma Faith, Seal, Bastille, Jessie Ware

As the musical troop recorded the single, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne announced that the government would waive VAT for the single to ensure it raises the maximum amount of money to help combat the Ebola crisis.

Ellie Goulding joined her musical comrades in the studio

"Just spoke to the remarkable Bob Geldof,"
tweeted the politician. "Told him we'll waive VAT on #BandAid30 so every penny goes to fight Ebola."

In a break from previous Band Aid records, some of the famous song's lyrics have been altered to link it to the Ebola crisis in Africa.

A new line reads: "Where a kiss of love can kill you - And there's death at every tear", while another adds: "Well tonight we're reaching out, and touching you."

Bob Geldof – the man behind Band Aid

"No peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa - the only hope they'll have is being alive," the song continues. "Where to comfort is to fear - Where to touch is to be scared. How can they know it's Christmas time at all."

Band Aid 30 will be released on Monday 17 Novemeber.
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