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Saturday 21 July 2018

Geldof to present 'outstanding' Band Aid archive to library

Band Aid’s Bob Geldof. Photo: Tom Hanon/PA Wire
Band Aid’s Bob Geldof. Photo: Tom Hanon/PA Wire

Bob Geldof is coming to Dublin to donate documents from Band Aid to the National Library of Ireland, the Herald can reveal.

The Boomtown Rats frontman, the Band Aid Charitable Trust and representatives of the library are finalising this week's event.

The collection includes photos, written documents and correspondence with the musicians who have taken part in the charity movement.

Securing the material, which was highly sought after, has been seen as a massive coup for the National Library.

It plans to open the collection to the public, and it is expected to attract interest from music fans the world over.

It is understood some of the world's biggest internet companies were interested in acquiring the archive material, but a decision was made to donate it to the National Library here.

History

"This is an outstanding collection and something any of the best libraries in the world would want," a source said.

"What we are talking about here is important music history.

"Band Aid and the Live Aid concert are still present in the cultural consciousness, more than three decades later."

A spokesperson for the National Library confirmed it was working on the project and the announcement was "imminent".

The timing is in keeping with the festive theme of the 1984 Band Aid anthem, Do They Know It's Christmas?, written by Geldof and Midge Ure. The original charity supergroup featured the biggest names in music, such as Bono, Phil Collins, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. The project also included contributions form Paul McCartney and David Bowie.

A number of incarnations of the band have been formed, the most recent of which included Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Sinead O'Connor.

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