Paloma Faith pulls out of Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza headline gig

The singer cancelled her headline performance shortly before she was due on stage

Paloma Faith was forced to cancel her headline appearance at the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza last night (August 4) shortly before she was due on stage.

A message was relayed to gig-goers attending the annual music event via the big screens, stating that the singer had been diagnosed with “acute laryngitis” and had been “declared unfit to perform.”

The announcement read: “we’re deeply sorry to announce that Paloma Faith has been forced to cancel her performance at tonight’s Abbey Extravaganza.”

“Having been seen by a doctor backstage at today’s event, Paloma has been diagnosed with acute laryngitis and [has] been declared unfit to perform.”

“She is incredibly disappointed to have withdrawn and sends her sincere apologies.”

Paloma Faith said she was “devastated” not to be able to perform via a statement on Twitter.

The singer said: “This is me writing instead of speaking and steaming my voice as I was trying to fix it in time however it is with deep regret that I have been advised by doctors to cancel tonight’s show. I don’t do this kind of thing easily and haven’t done it often.”

She added: “I have been diagnosed with Laryngitis and advised that if I sing [I] may cause long term damage to my chords. I apologise to all of you who were coming to see me this evening and any inconvenience caused. I am devastated.”

The organisers announced that they were flying in Tom Odell by helicopter as her replacement.

Faith is due to close ‘The Big Festival’ in three weeks time.