GAME OFF FOR CATATONIA

Reef step in as replacement headliners at Guildford...

CATATONIA have pulled out of this weekend’s WITNNESS FESTIVAL, in addition to cancelling their headline appearance at GUILDFORD LIVE, as revealed earlier by NME.COM.

The cancellations come despite assurances last week from festival organisers and the band’s label that they would appear at Guildford on Sunday (August 5), when they were due to headline the Main Stage.

Reef have now stepped in as replacement headliners for Guildford. A spokesperson issued a brief statement this afternoon which said: “Guildford Live are proud to announce Reef are headlining 2001, replacing Catatonia on the Sunday night. They will play from 7.30pm until 9pm.”

It seems that the band’s troubles are mounting, with the cancellation coming less than a week after they pulled out of a gig last weekend at Plymouth One Big Sunday, following news that frontwoman Cerys Matthews had checked into a rehab clinic suffering from exhaustion.

A spokesperson for the band’s label Warners further confirmed that they will no longer play at Witnness, saying that they expected Cerys to spend another week receiving treatment.

They added that she is “doing good” and said that the band’s tour, which kicks off at Birmingham Academy on September 17, will not be affected. “The gigs will be fine, they are not until September and that’s a way off.”

When it emerged last week that Cerys had checked into a rehab clinic, a statement was issued saying: “Cerys is receiving treatment for exhaustion and a recurrent asthma complaint, both of which have been exacerbated by smoking and drinking. She fully expects to be back fighting fit very soon.”

The band’s new single ‘Stone By Stone’ went into the chart at Number 19 on Sunday (July 22).

In related news, fellow Welsh pop star Tom Jones has expressed concern about Cerys and urged her to cut down partying. The 61-year-old singer, who last night (July 30) finished a three-night-stand at Cardiff Castle, admitted that he is worried about her.

“Cerys parties a little too hard. I’ve told her, ‘It will affect your voice.’ I just hope she’s out and about onstage again very soon,” he said.

Jones, who duetted with Cerys on the single ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ in 1999, added: “I’ve learned you’ve got to be sober, be clear-headed when you get on stage. Cut down on the partying, girl!”