The dance star is unwell

Mylo has cancelled his appearances at the 2006 Big Day Out.

According to a statement from a representative for the DJ star – AKA Myles MacInnes – the artist contracted a virus over the new year which has since worsened.

The statement reads: “Myles contracted a virus over the New Year which resulted in partial hearing loss in one ear. Unfortunately the situation has since worsened and he has lost hearing in one ear completely, and has only partial hearing in his other ear.

“He was hoping that a couple of days rest would help regain his hearing. However, since his arrival in Cape Town for a show and receiving specialist medical treatment, unfortunately no progress has been made. As a result of this, he is grounded in Cape Town and unable to move at the moment.

“As you can probably imagine it is impossible for him to perform right now and therefore we regretfully have to cancel the Big Day Out shows.”

Mylo joins rockers AFI, who recently pulled out of the Antipodean festival due to ongoing recording commitments.

At this stage, however, The White Stripes – who have cancelled an upcoming Japanese tour due to Jack White suffering an “acute vocal cord problem” – are still scheduled to play the touring festival, which begins in Auckland on January 20 and travels through Australia until hitting Perth on February 5.