Bluesfest loses another headliner as The Black Keys cancel
IN more sad news for Bluesfest 2015, due to drummer Patrick Carney's serious shoulder injury, The Black Keys' have cancelled their performance at Bluesfest.
This follows the cancellations of other headliners Sheppard and Lenny Kravitz, as well as Ben Howard.
The Black Keys issued an official statement which said:
"We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through April 23. Patrick sustained a dislocated and broken shoulder in January that required surgery. Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April. The recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal. We thank all of our fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible."
Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble, said it was a terrible loss for Bluesfest, but that the 2015 festival would still be one of the best they've had.
"We feel sorry for The Black Keys fans all over the world who were hoping to see them at Bluesfest and other venues which they have now had to cancel due to drummer Patrick Carney's ongoing issues with his shoulder injury," Mr Noble said.
"We love The Black Keys, and will miss them at Bluesfest this year, and look forward to having them play in future.
"Maybe we can even give Patrick some body surfing tips from the experts here in Byron Bay, where the waves are usually pretty gentle.
"The Alabama Shakes have graciously agreed to close our Mojo stage on Good Friday in the slot that was formerly The Keys, and Paolo Nutini will appear immediately before them.
"We are on the hunt for one more artist to play on Good Friday, and will let everyone know who that will be soon, so agents and managers get on the phones as well as email us with your artists.
"I do need to say that this close to Bluesfest, it is going to be extremely difficult to get an international artist to play, given the requirements to get visas in time, however, we are keeping all options open.
"We are working with the Band of Skulls international agent and management, as well as their Australian promoter, Secret Sounds to keep their tour on track including their Bluesfest performance.
"The Band of Skulls were special guests on the Australian & New Zealand dates of The Black Keys tour, and now only have a few non Keys tour shows scheduled. We will do our best to help them hold their dates in.
"Lastly, Bluesfest is an extremely deeply booked festival with up to 200 performances occurring over the 5 days and nights. Whilst things like this are not what we like to have happen, we have a plethora of amazing artists playing.
"I have never had a year where so many people said this is our best festival bill of artists we have presented so far.
"In the end Bluesfest is bigger than any one artist - and sad as we are, to be going ahead without the Keys - we are moving on!
"This still almost embarrassing riches of artists on the Bluesfest program is happening next week and preparations are right on schedule.
"We are fast approaching a sell-out on Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the fest, so don't delay too long in buying tickets.
"The excitement level is rising daily - it's going to be one of our best festivals EVER."
To purchase tickets or get more info, visit www.bluesfest.com.au