FRANZ FERDINAND UP FOR SCOTTISH LIVE 8

The band say they’ll play if an Edinburgh charity concert takes place…

Franz Ferdinand have declared themselves available for a possible Scottish leg of LIVE AID II.

Details of a London “Live 8” concert to be held in Hyde Park on July 2 to coincide with a meeting of the leaders of the G8 – the world’s eight richest countries – are expected to be announced next week.

However while Franz Ferdinand have ruled themselves out of the London leg due to previous commitments, singer Alex Kapranos has said his band would be keen to play a Scottish Live 8, potentially taking place in Edinburgh when the world leaders visit on July 8.

“We heard there were plans for such a concert (Live 8 in Scotland),” Kapranos told the Sunday Herald. “If we are asked to play and we can do it, we’ll definitely play. It would be a fantastic opportunity to help raise awareness of world poverty.”

Although neither a London or Edinburgh concert has yet been confirmed, and original Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof has so far denied plans for Live Aid II, the BBC have said they are in “discussions” to screen the concert.

The event is expected to take place in support of the Make Poverty History campaign, which highlights the global problem that a child dies every three seconds due to extreme poverty.

Acts already linked with the London Live 8 include U2, The Rolling Stones and [a][/a].

Geldof’s spokespeople have confirmed that there are discussions about holding shows and an announcement is expected soon.

The original Live Aid concert was held at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1985 and in Philadelphia.

It raised £60 million from pledges by the public and attracted a global audience of 1.5 billion.