Shirley Bassey out of Nelson Mandela birthday concert

Singer withdraws from event on surgeon's advice

Dame Shirley Bassey has pulled out of the forthcoming Nelson Mandela tribute concert, set to take place at London‘s Hyde Park on Friday (June 27) to mark his 90th birthday.

Bassey had emergency stomach surgery last month, but was expected to recover in time for the performance. However, according to a statement issued on the singer’s behalf, her surgeon has advised her not to travel prompting the cancellation.

Amy Winehouse is still scheduled to appear at the bash, despite being diagnosed as suffering from the lung disease emphysema.


Queen, Annie Lennox and Simple Minds are among the other acts set to play at the show.


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