The U.K. band was personally invited to play the gig by Cameron at the last minute. Obama's choice, John Legend, has long since been set to perform at the dinner, which is being held in Cameron's honor with around a thousand guests, including Lord Grantham himself, Hugh Bonneville, and billionaire Richard Branson.
Both performers seem to fit their respective world leaders' musical tastes perfectly. Cameron is a well-known fan of indie rock, having previously voiced his love of the Smiths, and we all know Obama loves smooth-groove R&B and soul after his rendition of Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraising event in New York in January became a viral sensation.
The Obama and Cameron seem to be getting along famously during the Prime Minister's U.S. visit. They were seen bro-ing out yesterday at the Mississippi Valley State vs. Western Kentucky March Madness basketball game in Dayton, Ohio.
The long-time pals also engaged in a "beer summit" at a G-20 summit in Canada in 2010 related to a bet they placed on the U.S.-England. They exchanged beers brewed in the cities where they grew up – Goose Island 312 from Chicago and Hobgoblin from Witney, U.K. Persnickety as ever, Obama insisted on having his cold, which is not the custom in England.