Don McLean Drops Out Of Bluesfest 2016, Postpones Australian Tour

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016 headliner and American Pie singer Don McLean has pulled out of the festival and postponed his Australian headline tour until 2017, due to ongoing issues within his family.

In a statement, Don McLean’s management say, “Don McLean graciously accepts the willingness of the promoter to postpone the current tour to exactly the same time in 2017 in order to allow Don McLean and his family time to work at reuniting.

“This is an unprecedented moment in the family history. Don McLean thanks all his fans for their patience and love and he looks forward to seeing them next year.”

In January this year, McLean was arrested on domestic violence charges in the US, and was released on a US$10,000 bail bond. Following the arrest, Bluesfest organisers told Music Feeds that the singer-songwriter had a verbal argument with his wife and “no assault occurred”.

“He has been charged with a misdemeanor, so it will not affect his performance,” organisers said.

As the BBC reports, McLean pleaded not guilty to additional charges of domestic violence earlier this week, after a total of six charges were made against him.

McLean was due to perform at Bluesfest 2016 on Friday, 25th March, and had a stack of headline shows lined up around the country. All headline show ticket-holders will receive a full refund from their point of purchase within seven days, while Bluesfest ticket-holders have until Friday, 11th March to change their Friday single day tickets via the Bluesfest contact line.

The 27th Annual Bluesfest is set to take place from Thursday, 24th March to Monday, 28th March 2016.

Don McLean Postponed Australian Tour Dates

Friday, 25th March 2016

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Monday, 14th March 2016

Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart TAS

Wednesday, 16th march 2016

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne VIC

Thursday, 17th March 2016

Her Majestys Adelaide, Adelaide SA

Saturday, 19th March 2016

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT

Sunday, 20th March 2016

State Theatre, Sydney NSW

Monday, 21st March 2016

QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane QLD

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD

Sunday, 27th March 2016

The Playhouse, Darwin NT

Wednesday, 30th March 2016

Riverside Theatre, PCEC Perth WA


For the headline shows excluding Tasmania, all patrons will receive a full refund automatically from their point of purchase within 7 days. If patrons have any questions regarding their refund they are urged to get in touch with the ticketing agency they purchased their ticket from.

For ticket holders in Tasmania, please contact your point of purchase for a full refund.

Bluesfest ticket holders who wish to change their Friday single day ticket are able to do so from today until Friday 11th March 2016 by calling the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310. If patrons have any additional questions regarding their ticket purchase they can call the Bluesfest office for assistance.

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