November 24, 2013


Blur Feel "Shock" Upon Canceling Headlining Gig

Gareth Cattermole
Gareth Cattermole

Blur are not happy about having to pull out of a headlining gig with the Australian festival, Big Day Out, that was set to tour the country in January and February of next year.

The band took to their Facebook page to discuss the cancellation and place blame squarely on the festival organizers.

"Devastated to report that Blur won't be performing at BDO in 2014. It’s a shock that it has come to this," the post reads.

"Only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organisers, they can't let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won't be there.

"We've done our very best to work with the organisers and considered every option to make it happen, but they’ve let us down and let everyone else down too."

Other big names that are still on the roster for the festival include Arcade Fire and Pearl Jam. As of today no other band has publicly expressed discontent with the festival.

Although Blur have detailed their irritation and pointed fingers, many people involved with the festival's production are clueless as to what exactly went down.

Festival investor AJ Maddah, too to Twitter to address angry fans, writing:

"Am trying to find out [what's happened] myself. Far as I know BDO gave into every demand within the possibility of curfews & public safety.

"Everyone at BDO is absolutely devastated and confused by this turn of events. All we can do is to replace them and bring you the best show possible."

The CEO of Big Day Out also chimed in with a tweet:

"event is charging ahead despite Blurs action. Announcement and statement soon"

Only time will tell what actually went down. But Blur may have a bit more of an uphill battle convincing the public as this is not the first time a certain member of Blur has been called out for being difficult.