Foals will not participate in Band Aid 30

Band were announced in the line-up for charity single but had not agreed to take part

Foals will not take part in the recording of Band Aid 30’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014).

Co-organiser Midge Ure announced that they were one of the acts due to be involved in the charity single at a press conference on Monday (November 10).

Ure listed Foals alongside Chris Martin, Bono, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, One Direction, Elbow, Jessie Ware and more. The artists are due to assemble at London’s Sarm Studios on Saturday (November 15) to record the track with producer Paul Epworth.

However, a spokesperson for the band tells NME that Foals did not agree to being involved before the press conference and will, in fact, not be taking part. The band will be in the studio working on their own new music on the day the single is recorded.

A spokesperson for Band Aid 30 confirmed that Foals will not be taking part: “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. We would have liked them to be present because they’re a great band, but it wasn’t logistically possible. They told us that regrettably they aren’t able to participate.”

All money raised from sales of the single will go towards the fight against ebola in west Africa. Ure confirmed that the lyrics to the original song will be tweaked ahead of recording to reflect the challenges affecting today’s Africa.

It was today confirmed that the single will receive its first airing on Sunday’s edition of The X Factor on ITV.

The original Band Aid single was produced by Midge Ure and featured Bono, George Michael, Sting, Duran Duran, U2 and Boy George, among others. All proceeds went to relieve those affected by famine in Ethiopia. Two more versions of the track were released in 1989 and 2004.