Neil Young has cancelled his Bluesfest 2017 appearance

Neil Young has cancelled his upcoming performance at Bluesfest next year. In a lengthy post on Bluesfest’s Facebook this morning, festival director Peter Noble broke the news, saying that he was unaware of the reasons for Young’s cancellation.

“Although I have been aware of this as a possibility for a couple of weeks now, I have been appealing to Neil’s management for him to play the confirmed concert,” Noble wrote. “Unfortunately, this is now not going to happen. Whilst details for the cancellation remain sketchy, from what I can gather Neil has decided to take 2017 off from touring.” 

“I would like to say in closing, that we are very disappointed at making this announcement. I feel I have done everything I can, to cause the concert to be performed.”

No statement has been issued from Young’s management yet. He was scheduled to headline Friday night at the festival. Refunds will be available to those that bought single day tickets. Bluesfest is currently working on securing a new headliner for the Friday night.

Frontier Touring initially teased a headline tour announcement, but have since posted that “Neil Young will unfortunately no longer be undertaking a 2017 headline tour of Australia and New Zealand as previously ‘teased’ on our social media.”

Even with Young out, 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.