Dance star steps in after band are forced to postpone their European tour

Calvin Harris will replace Duran Duran at this year’s V Festival after the band were forced to postpone part of their European tour.

The dance star will headline the Arena Stage in Chelmsford and Staffordshire over the weekend of August 20-21. Duran Duran pulled out due to ongoing vocal troubles with frontman Simon Le Bon.

The singer damaged his voice while performing at the Cannes Film Festival. The injury has left him without the use of the top range of his vocal chords.

The band’s European tour was due to begin in Dublin on July 14 and run through until September.

The injury has also caused the band to pull out of their forthcoming iTunes Festival show in London as well on July 16.

This year’s V Festival will be headlined by Eminem and Arctic Monkeys.

The full line-up is as follows:

Arctic Monkeys
Primal Scream
The Script
Kaiser Chiefs
Manic Street Preachers
Calvin Harris
Chase and Status
Scouting For Girls
Tinie Tempah
The Courteeners
The Wombats
Bruno Mars
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Big Audio Dynamite
KT Tunstall
The Saturdays
Katy B
Olly Murs
You Me At Six
Wiz Khalifa
Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Imelda May
Ocean Colour Scene
Eliza Doolittle