Sam Fender "absolutely gutted" to cancel Glastonbury Festival 2019 appearance
27 June 2019, 12:08 | Updated: 27 June 2019, 17:33
A replacement act has been announced for the singer-songwriter, who was “absolutely gutted” that he’s had to pull out of his slot on the John Peel Stage due to illness.
Sam Fender has had to cancel his appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival due to illness. He was due to play the John Peel Stage at 3.15pm on Friday (28 June).
In a tweet, the Hypersonic Missiles singer said: “Absolutely gutted to share that I’ll not be able to perform at Glastonbury this weekend.
“It’s always been a dream to play at Worthy Farm and I wouldn’t miss it for the world, but the docs have told me I need longer to recover from illness. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to return next year.”
It has now been announced that Sam Fender will be replaced at the Somerset Festival by Irish rockers, Fontaines D.C.
We are very happy to announce another show at Glastonbury at the John Peel Stage tomorrow Friday at 3.15pm.— Fontaines DC (@fontainesdublin) June 27, 2019
We hope our friend @samfendermusic gets well soon.
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The singer also confirmed that his appearances at Les Eurockenees, Down The Rabbit Hole and Barn On The Farm festivals, which were due to take place next week, have all been cancelled too. The illness affected his appearances at Neighbourhood Weekender, All Points East and Isle Of Wight Festivals earlier this month, which he tweeted had meant his vocal cords were in "bad shape".
Been trying to battle through it but my vocal chords are in bad shape. Doctors orders are to take a couple of week’s vocal rest. So sorry to all of you at @nbhdweekender today and @allpointseastuk but I won’t be able to perform💔— Sam Fender (@samfendermusic) May 26, 2019
Love you all, Sam
A show in Bristol tomorrow (27 June) has been rescheduled to 9 August, the same day that his debut album Hypersonic Missiles is released. The Bristol show itself was re-scheduled from 13 May due to the same health problems, which also affected a show in Exeter.
Fender promised that “new music” will arrive next week and the musician has a full UK tour set for December 2019.