Statement from Peter Noble, Festival Director
It is with a heavy heart I announce this morning that Neil Young has cancelled his performance at Bluesfest 2017. Although I have been aware of this as a possibility for a couple of weeks now, I have been appealing to Neil's management for him to play the confirmed concert. Unfortunately, this is now not going to happen. Whilst details for the cancellation remain sketchy, from what I can gather Neil has decided to take 2017 off from touring.
At the moment, there isn't an official statement from Neil's management regarding the cancellation. I have no reason to believe this is due to any illness, I have been advised he is tired from recent touring, and I surmise wants to have some down time.
Bluesfest had its own contract with Neil's representatives for the performance, paid the required deposit, and had full permission to announce the Bluesfest performance.
I note, that an announcement saying Neil would not be touring, occurred recently by Frontier Touring. I do want to say again, that the Bluesfest contracted performance occurred directly with Neil Young's representatives.
Bluesfest is a major Festival with one of the best line-ups in our history scheduled for 2017. The Zac Brown Band, Santana, Patti Smith, The Lumineers, Mary J Blige, The Doobie Brothers, Madness, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg, and scores of other artists, including the King of the Blues, Buddy Guy are all performing at Bluesfest 2017, as well as the hits of Bluesfest 2016, St Paul & the Broken Bones and Rhiannon Giddens.
Of course, we are in negotiations with other great artists to play, and we will be releasing a new artist announcement soon. I understand that no one can replace Neil Young, and that there will be disappointment as a result of his cancelling.
Refunds are now available for Single Day Ticket buyers for the day of Neil's performance. They will be available until a week after the new artist announcement.
We ask Ticket buyers to hold their Single Day Friday Tickets until the new announcement has been made!
The Bluesfest Ticketing Team can handle any enquiries you may have.
The office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and can be reached on 02 6685 8310.
I would like to say in closing, that we are very disappointed at making this announcement.
I feel I have done everything I can, to cause the concert to be performed.
We value our audience, and their assumption, that when buying their Ticket, they should have an expectation the advertised performance will occur. In this case, that has not happened, and I apologise, even though the events were out of my control.
I want to wish Neil Young the very best and appreciate what he is doing for First Nations People at Standing Rock. We look forward to presenting him soon at Bluesfest.
Byron Bay Bluesfest