Bob Fairfoull is replaced on the eve of the band's biggest UK shows...

Idlewild bassist BOB FAIRFOULL is out of the band’s tour on the eve of their biggest UK shows, NME.COM can reveal.

Idlewild are currently playing a select number of European dates in preparation for their arena tour later this month with labelmates Coldplay. The shows are important for the group, whose new album ‘The Remote Part’ is their most successful to date, spawning the hit singles ‘American English and ‘You Held The World In Your Arms’.

NME.COM can reveal that at the show at the Cologne Underground club (September 30), Fairfoull didn’t perform, replaced by the bass technician Alex Grant.

As a result, Idlewild played a shorter set than usual, including the highlights from the band’s current album ‘The Remote Part’. According to fans at the show, after the first song, Woomble announced he had left the band.

A spokesperson for the group told NME.COM: “We can confirm Bob has left the tour. All dates are going ahead as planned.”

He would not comment on whose decision it was that Fairfoull is out.

It is currently unclear why the split occurred. Fans on the message board of the band’s official website are speculating that a fight could have taken place, although that is unconfirmed by the band’s press officer.

On the band’s UK dates, which are due to start at the Glasgow SECC on October 4, Grant is expected to fill in.

The remaining members of Idlewild are in rehearsals with their replacement. A full statement is expected tomorrow.

Their new single, ‘Live In A Hiding Place’, follows on October 21.