Vance Joy pulls out of Meredith 2013

Castlemaine’s D.D. Dumbo aka Oliver Perry has been drafted into the Meredith Music festival lineup as a late-replacement for Vance Joy aka James Keogh, who has been forced to cancel his set due to doctor’s orders.

Vance Joy’s management issued the following statement about the cancellation:

“Following doctors orders and to prevent the risk of permanent damage, Vance Joy has been placed on vocal rest for the foreseeable future. As a result Vance Joy has to cancel his performance at Meredith Music Festival. We want to thank you for your understanding and well wishes. James and band are absolutely shattered, but his long term health has to be our priority here & therefore must follow doctors orders. This has been a really tough decision to make, given James’ personal affinity with the festival. “

D.D. Dumbo describes his music as earthy blues that references “African dessert, Tanzanian ilimba and transcendental Tuvan melody”. His new single ‘Tropical Oceans’, taken from his self-titled EP, was a recent Song Of The Week on FL—listen below. The five track EP also includes a sinister cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’ and is available digitally and on extremely limited 12” vinyl right now.

Vance Joy had been scheduled to perform between sets from Stonefield and Deerhunter on the opening day of Meredith 2013 this Friday. The lineup for the festival’s 23rd year also features Nile Rogers and Chic, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Courtney Barnett, Mac DeMarco, World’s End Press, The Bamboos, Dick Diver and Joey Bada$$.


Although he’ll miss out on Meredith, it has been a big year for Vance Joy with the release of his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, the breakout success of his single ‘Riptide’, a headline tour, support sets with Bernard Fanning, and festival appearances at Splendour in the Grass and Meredith. He also signed a five album deal with Atlantic Records following his performance at SXSW earlier in the year and has been tipped by Shazam as one of the acts to watch in 2014 alongside chef turned rapper Action Bronson, Drake collaborator Jhene Aiko , and Sam Smith who provided the vocals on Disclosure’s single ‘Latch’.

Listen to D.D. Dumbo’s ‘Tropical Oceans’