Barry Gibb has cancelled his 2017 Australian tour
Bee Gee’s legend Barry Gibb has cancelled his Australian and New Zealand tour for 2017, including his headlining performance at Bluesfest. Tour promoters Live Nation released a statement earlier today, citing a “change in international commitments” as the reason for the cancellation.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble also released a statement on the event’s Facebook, saying that although he was saddened by the announcement, they “already have an offer in for an amazing artist to take his place, and look forward to this confirmation and announcement as well.”
For Bluesfest patrons, those who had purchased tickets to see Gibb perform on the Monday will be eligible for refunds. Refunds will also be offered for all other headlining dates.
It’s the second time this month that an international act has pulled out of Bluesfest, with Neil Young having just abruptly pulled out of his headlining slot. According to Noble, a replacement is on its way:
“I am pleased to advise that our search to replace Neil Young is bearing fruit and we look forward to making an artist announcement soon after we return from our annual vacation on the week of January 9.”
The lineup is still stacked with certified legends, with the likes of Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige, Zac Brown Band, Santana, and a heap more heading to Byron over the Easter weekend. Check out the full lineup here.