A statement posted on Tramlines.org explained that despite the bands cancelling their appearances at the multi-venue festival, it will still go ahead as planned.
“As is the way with all festivals, the acts have been chopping and changing as we get closer to the event. There have been some fantastic recent additions – including Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Frankmusic, Just Jack and Athlete.
The La’s‘ appearance at the festival was due to be their first official gig since 2005. Band leader Lee Mavers has played several low key shows in London recently with Babyshambles‘ bassist Drew McConnell, who revealed in May that the duo were looking to audition a drummer and guitarist in time for Tramlines.
“The band have been rehearsing heavily but do not feel that they are quite ready to play a full gig,” the statement continued.
Speaking about the Liverpool legends’ cancellation, McClure said he was still positive about the festival.
“It’s a real shame that the lads won’t be able to make it up for Tramlines. But at the same time there are over 150 bands and DJ’s playing at the event – so whilst I was personally really looking forward to seeing The La’s on stage – people will still be spoilt for choice all weekend.”
McClure will now cover for The La’s, playing a full 80-minute Reverend And The Makers set on the Devonshire Green Main Stage, starting at 7:40pm (BST).
The line up for Tramlines is:
Detroit Social club
Reverend and The Makers
Skint & Demoralised
The Chapman Family
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
The Yeah Yous
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