UK electronic pop group London Grammar have become the third act in one week to pull out of Splendour In The Grass 2014, just three days before the festival kicks off. The trio delivered the news via their Facebook page late Monday night.
The statement reads:
It’s with great sadness that we must announce the cancellation of our trip to Australia & Splendour in the Grass this week due to illness. This is an incredibly sad situation for us as our last visit was one of the most memorable of our careers, but we do not feel that we can currently deliver the level of performance that you all deserve from us. Our fans in Australia have been hugely supportive of our music since the very beginning, and it pains us to have to disappoint any of you. We are going to do everything we can to make sure we are back down under as soon as possible and will reschedule our Sydney & Melbourne shows and give you more details very shortly.
The group were scheduled to play at 7pm on the main Amphitheatre Stage this Friday. They also had two sideshows mapped out for this week, one tonight at Festival Hall in Melbourne and another on Thursday at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.
Splendour organisers have told fans to “sit tight for a replacement for SITG & new tour dates later today“.
London Grammar were one of the first bands to be rumoured to play this year’s festival after guitarist Dan Rothman told The Vine that he and bandmates Hannah Reid and Dot Major had intended to play Splendour in 2013. Organisers “couldn’t get [the band] out there in time,” said Rothman.
Last week one of Splendour’s headline acts Two Door Cinema Club pulled out of the festival after frontman Alex Trimble fell ill, and two days earlier Nashville band The Wild Feathers also postponed their Australian tour.
City And Colour, already on the Splendour lineup, were moved to a headline slot and UK indie group Foals were announced as a late addition to the festival in the wake of Two Door Cinema Club’s cancellation. Local act MT Warning replaced The Wild Feathers.
Splendour in the Grass runs from Friday, 25th July to Sunday, 27th July in Byron Bay.
UPDATE 22/07/14 11:45am AEST: London Grammar’s Splendour replacement act has been announced! Details here.