Midge Ure’s former home in Chiswick up for sale

Image above: Midge Ure’s house up for sale; photograph Fine and Country

Property is currently listed with Fine and Country for £3.5 million.

A historic house on Grosvenor Road, which once belonged to musician Midge Ure, is up for sale.

The property holds a significant place in musical history as the location where the iconic Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas was recorded.

Midge Ure, a member of the band Ultravox, collaborated with Bob Geldof to compose the song in a recording studio set up in an annexe of the Grosvenor Road house.

Sting was also invited to contribute vocals to the initial recording. The musicians managed to complete all the music in Chiswick, except for the drums, which were later provided by Phil Collins. The final touches were added the following day at a studio in Notting Hill, with vocals from an array of well-known singers, including David Bowie, Bono, George Michael, and Boy George.

The song, released during Christmas 1984, topped charts worldwide for an extended period and raised an impressive £200 million for famine relief in Africa. Midge Ure and Bob Geldof were inspired to write the song and organise Band Aid after witnessing the dire situation shown in Michael Buerk’s BBC documentary about starvation in Ethiopia.

Image above: Interior; photograph Fine and Country

Midge Ure had been a Chiswick resident since the 1970s and purchased the Grosvenor Road house in the early 1980s with the proceeds from Ultravox‘s hit song, Vienna. According to Midge Ure, he came up with the melody for Do They Know It’s Christmas in the kitchen of this very house.

The 1930s-built property is currently listed with Fine and Country for £3.5 million. The former recording studio has been transformed into a one-bedroom “granny flat.” The residence features a spacious, wood-panelled reception room, a sizeable back garden with a pergola, and a cellar that has been converted into a utility room and sauna. The current owner bought the property in 2021 for £2.8 million.

Midge Ure joins a list of other rock stars who have lived or currently reside in Chiswick, including Pete Townshend of The Who, who has had a long association with the area, and David Gilmour, the former Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist, who previously called Chiswick his home.