Foals will not appear on the Band Aid 30 single

13 November 2014, 15:48 | Updated: 13 November 2014, 15:52


The band will now NOT join the line-up for Bob Geldof and Midge Ure's charity record this Christmas.

The Oxford band were just one of the artists announced in the line-up by organisers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure at a press conference on Monday (10 November), alongside such acts as Elbow, Bastille, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Bono, Ed Sheeran and One Direction. The stars will re-record the classic track Do They Know It's Christmas?

A spokesman for Band Aid 30 told the NME: "With a project such as Band Aid there are lots of conversations going on at any one point, and whoever was presented with Foals' name was inaccurately informed as conversations with the group were in their infancy.

"They told us that regrettably they aren't able to participate."

BandAid30 is due to be recorded this Saturday (15 November) at Sarm Studios in London with producer Paul Epworth. Unlike the original version, recorded back in 1984, the new single will not raise money for famine relief. Instead, profits will be donated to charities fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

The new version of the song will be premiered on The X Factor on Sunday night and then available for download from Monday 17 November.