Mumford and Sons have been forced to back out of their scheduled performance at the BBC Music Awards on Thursday (December 10).

The London folk-rock band were slated to play at the ceremony in Birmingham’s Genting Arena, but have realised the event clashes with their O2 Arena gig in London on Thursday.

In a statement they said, “We’re very sorry to say that we’re not going to make it to the BBC Awards on Thursday. We’re out on tour at the moment, and we’ve realised that we just can’t make it work to do two shows in one day.”

They added that while “it seemed like it would be possible a few weeks ago,” the reality is that they couldn’t be sure of making the two shows “the very best they can be”.

They went on to apologise to their fans who were “looking forward to seeing us on the telly”, and said they “hope to see you out on the road some time.”

The BBC Music Awards will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and Chris Evans, with One Direction, Little Mix, Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding and Hozier all set to perform on the night.

Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jamie xx, Florence And The Machine, Foals and Years and Years are all nominated in the Best British Artist category; and Foo Fighters, Hozier, Major Lazer, Prince, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd will all battle it out for the Best International Artist honour.

Mumford & Sons were recently announced as British Summer Time Hyde Park 2016 headliners. The outdoor concert, which will see them joined by Wolf Alice and Alabama Shakes, will take place on July 8 next year.

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