Beloved country music veteran John Prine will sadly no longer be performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020.
The singer-songwriter has been “forced” to pull out of the forthcoming festival “following the advice of his doctors regarding an existing hip injury,” organisers said in a press statement.
“As always, John is appreciative of his loyal fans and friends all over the world and looks forward to returning to Australia at a future date,” the statement continued. “We sincerely apologise to fans affected by this cancellation, and wish John a speedy recovery.”
Prin had previously announced sideshows for Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney following his Bluesfest 2020 appearance. These dates have also presumedly been canceled, although no official word has been given.
The 73-year-old was set to return to Australia for his second tour of the country in as many years. Last year, Prine brought his ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ tour to Australia for his first trek across the nation since 1993. It included sold-out shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
The 2020 edition of Bluesfest will continue as planned over the long Easter weekend holiday, with a fresh batch of artists recently added to the bill including Bob Marley’s The Wailers, The Regime and Micki Free. Promoter Peter Noble has promised “more to come” in the next few weeks.