Brisbane pop rock outfit Sheppard have announced they will be cancelling their previously scheduled appearance at the upcoming Bluesfest in Byron Bay due to “scheduling conflicts” with their current US tour.
“To all of our fans back home in Australia: It is with great sadness that recent scheduling conflicts have forced us to withdraw from Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015,” said the band in a statement. “It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest and most iconic festivals in both Australia and worldwide, so we hope that you all really enjoy the festival and its incredible line up.”
The band are currently touring in the USA with Meghan Trainor. A recent performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was met with high praise and other similar televised performances have led to a spike in international interest for the Brisbane outfit, in the lead up to the overseas release of their debut album, Bombs Away in March.
“Sheppard’s manager, Michael Chugg, called me and explained the situation of how things are taking off for the band in Europe and the USA, and they have booked a number of big TV appearances supporting the album,” explains Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble.
“I want to do anything I can to promote young bands on their way to the top, so we have agreed to let them continue their European promotional run, and hope to see them back again in future years.” No replacement act has been announced.
Bluesfest 2015 will be held over the Easter long-weekend, from Thursday, 2nd April to Monday, 6th April 2015, in Byron Bay’s Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm. Other acts on the lineup include Lenny Kravitz, The Black Keys, Jurassic 5 and Augie March.
Watch: Sheppard Live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon