Legendary icon David Bowie has cancelled all his July tour dates because of ill health - including next weekend's T In The Park and the upcoming Oxegen.
The Darkness, who were second on the bill, have been lined up to replace the ageing star at these two festivals, after Bowie announced he would be taking some time out to recover from a trapped nerve in his shoulder.
A statement on Bowie’s website said: “Due to the continuing pain and extreme discomfort from a trapped/pinched nerve in his shoulder and to prevent possible further injury, David Bowie has been advised by his doctors to cancel his performances at the eleven remaining European festival dates throughout July.
“David, and everyone involved with the tour, is very sorry for the hardship that this difficult decision may have caused fans. We realise that many of you will have lost money on non-refundable travel and festival tickets.
“But anyone who knows David will understand that he doesn’t take these decisions lightly and I’m sure you all realise how bad he will be feeling about not being able to complete the tour.”
One disappointed fan and VF user, Colin Fin, said: “”I’m very disappointed to hear David Bowie won’t be appearing at T in the Park. It has been a lifetime ambition for me to see him live and, after viewing his setlist from the Isle Of Wight festival, I couldn’t wait.”
Bowie was also scheduled to play festivals across Europe, including appearances in Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland.
A spokesman for T In The Park said: “We’re disappointed by today’s news that David Bowie will not be able to perform at this year’s T in the Park due to ill health, and everyone at the festival sends him our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
“This year we have one of the strongest ever T in the Park line ups across all stages, and on Saturday night we’ll see our other headliners The Darkness stepping up to close the Main Stage, which will be a real treat for the Balado audience.”
T In The Park takes place at Balado Airfield, in Kinross, between 10-11 July. Other acts include Starsailor, Pink, Faithless and Black Eyed Peas.