The Damned were due to headline Glastonbury Festival this weekend, but pulled out at the last minute, prompting an unexpected change to the lineup. Just when it looked like Covid-19 was behind us, the disease struck again, with the popular English rock band being hit.
The band members recently tested positive for Coronavirus a few days before the festival. The band was scheduled to entertain crowds at 11:05 p.m. Friday night on the Field of Avalon stage.
As well as Glastonbury, The Damned have had to cancel several shows due to catching the virus, including the New Waves Day Festival and a planned concert in Portsmouth. They finally tweeted: “Following our previous updates, there have been more positive Covid tests in The Damned camp and therefore we must withdraw from all remaining appearances in June, including Bath, Glastonbury and the Die Artze show in Germany.
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“Apologies to all the fans who were looking forward to seeing The Damned, we were looking forward to seeing you all too.”
In their place will be Glastonbury-based band Reef, who have previously backed The Rolling Stones and Paul Weller. Reef, which has achieved two top 10 hits, is no stranger to the festival scene, having performed for festival-goers on several occasions. Members Gary Stringer, Jesse Wood and Jack Bessant played at Worthy Farm in 1995, 1997, 2000 and most recently in 2010.
They tweeted: “YES rockers! We’re headlining the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury this Friday!
Before the bands took on their own social media accounts, stage organizers Field of Avalon confirmed the replacement online, with the following statement: “With immense regret, The Damned have been forced to withdraw from Glastonbury because of covid.
“We wish them well and look forward to welcoming them back to the Avalon stage soon. We are delighted that REEF, one of the UK’s best and most respected live bands, have stepped in to close out Friday night.
“To date, the group has sold over three million albums worldwide. Reef’s previous appearance on Avalon drew the biggest audience ever for a Sunday night.
The iconic Main Stage and Avalon Cafe Stage make up the Field of Avalon. This area looks a bit like a fairground, with a historic jumble and the legendary Avalon Inn also found inside.
Other artists to take to this year’s Field of Avalon include 20s favorites Mcfly and Sugababes, as well as The Hoosiers, Peat & Diesel and Nick Mulvey.
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This notice was published: 2022-06-21 19:50:42