The replacements for David Bowie are announced...

The Darkness will replace David Bowie at the OXEGEN and T IN THE PARK festivals.

David Bowie has cancelled all tour dates in July – including next weekend’s T In The Park festival – because of a trapped nerve in his shoulder.

NME.COM can reveal that The Darkness, currently second on the bill, will move up to a headline slot.

A statement reads: “We’re disappointed by today’s news that David Bowie will not be able to perform at this year’s T in the Park due to ill health, and everyone at the festival sends him our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

“This year we have one of the strongest ever T in the Park line ups across all stages, and on Saturday night we’ll see our other headliners The Darkness stepping up to close the Main Stage, which will be a real treat for the Balado audience.”

A statement on David Bowie’s website reads: “Due to the continuing pain and extreme discomfort from a trapped/pinched nerve in his shoulder and to prevent possible further injury, David Bowie has been advised by his doctors to cancel his performances at the eleven remaining European festival dates throughout July.

“Due to the unpredictable nature of the condition and in an effort to give fans as much warning as possible, (and indeed, to aid promoters in finding a replacement headliner in time for the festival dates) David Bowie very reluctantly agreed to take the advice.

David Bowie, and everybody involved with the tour, is very sorry for the hardship that this difficult decision may have caused. We realise that many of you will have lost money on non-refundable travel and festival tickets.

But, anybody that knows David Bowie will understand that he doesn’t take these decisions lightly and I’m sure you all realise how bad he will be feeling about not being able to complete the tour.

“Thank you all for your kind words on the message boards and for your continued understanding that had there been an alternative to this course of action, it would have been taken.”

In addition to T In The Park (July 10), the star was also scheduled to play festivals in France, Belgium, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland.