Originally scheduled to play the John Peel Stage this Friday (June 28), the 2019 BRITs Critics’ Choice winner has had to pull out due to health reasons.
Sharing the news on Twitter, Fender said that he was “absolutely gutted to share the news.” Going on to explain that it’s always been his dream to play at the festival, he said he wouldn’t be performing because “the docs have told me I need longer to recover from illness.”
He added: “Hopefully we’ll get a chance to return next year.
See Fender’s tweet below:
— Sam Fender (@samfendermusic) June 26, 2019
Having already been forced to cancel performances at Isle of Wight Festival and Neighbourhood Weekender because of health reasons, Fender also announced that his upcoming performances at Les Eurockeenes, Down The Rabbit Hole, and Barn on The Farm are also cancelled.
“I didn’t sleep that night,” Fender recalled of the evening when he found about their deaths. “I just got put onto them by my mate Andy. We were sitting in the flat where I used to live and we were having a couple of cans of Stella when he put on ‘Speed Racer’.
“I loved it, it was one of those instantly brilliant guitar sounds and there was something quite Mac DeMarco about it. I just fucking loved it, it was class. It soon became a staple between me and my mates.”