Members of Bucks Fizz to headline pro-Brexit concert after previous performers pull out

Three-quarters of the Eurovision-winning group will perform at the event

Pro-Brexit concert BpopLive has announced members of Bucks Fizz as its headliners after having to change its bill twice due to acts pulling out.

The event, which is endorsed by pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU, originally featured drum and bass act Sigma and UK garage duo DJ Luck and MC Neat on its lineup when it was first announced. However, both cancelled their appearance claiming that they were unaware of the political nature of the gig.

BpopLive troubles didn’t stop there, however, after Alesha Dixon, 5ive, Sister Sledge and East 17 all withdrew from its second incarnation.

Dixon’s manager said that the singer had decided to cancel having been initially led to believe the concert was not a political rally.

“When Alesha was approached to perform at this event it was on the understanding that she would be there purely as an entertainer,” he told Newsbeat.

A rep for 5ive cited similar reasons for their cancellation, saying: “When Rich and Scott agreed to play the event they understood that it was a pop concert funded by one of the Brexit organisations and not a political rally.”

Joining Cheryl Baker, Jay Aston and Mike Nolan of Bucks Fizz, best known for being the last British winners of the Eurovision song contest, will be an Elvis Impersonator.

Nigel Farage, Liam Fox and Kate Hoey have been confirmed as speakers at the event, which which takes place at Birmingham’s Genting arena on Sunday 19 June – four days before the EU referendum.