Idris Elba pulls out of Glastonbury DJ set

The actor has cancelled his Saturday slot due to filming commitments

Idris Elba has pulled out of a scheduled DJ appearance at Glastonbury a day before the festival is set to kick off.

Elba was set to perform a DJ set on the Silver Hayes Stage on Saturday but has been forced to cancel at the last minute due to filming commitments for The Dark Tower, the Stephen King-adapted film that Elba is playing the lead role in.

Speaking in a specially-recorded video message that was shared on the official Glastonbury Facebook page earlier today, the 43-year-old spoke from The Dark Tower set and apologised for dropping out. “Glastonbury! It is with a very heavy heart that I let you know that I can’t make it this year,” he said. “I have to cancel my gig at the very last minute. It’s not my fault. My film schedule changed at the last minute.

“Last year I had a wicked time. A lot of you came out and heard me DJ for the first time and I was so looking forward to coming back and doing it again, so I’m sorry. Go, have a wicked time, enjoy yourselves – it’s going to be amazing this year. Massive, massive line-up.”

Elba also took the opportunity to urge Glastonbury goers and the public at large to participate in the EU Referendum on Thursday (June 23). “Don’t forget: vote,” he said at the tail-end of the video. “Massively important, do it.”

Watch the full video, and see an accompanying tweet from the actor, below.

Back in November, Elba DJed on the Berlin date of Madonna’s recent world tour.

Read Idris Elba’s NME cover feature here.