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The Black Keys’ Upcoming Australia, New Zealand & Japan Concerts Cancelled Due To Patrick Carney’s Injury

Cancellation information

Due to drummer Patrick Carney’s serious shoulder injury, The Black Keys’ forthcoming concerts in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, as part of their Turn Blue World Tour, have been cancelled and sadly this includes their performance at Bluesfest on Friday 3rd of April.

The band has issued an official statement saying:

“We are very sorry to have to cancel our upcoming performances through April 23. Patrick sustained a dislocated and broken shoulder in January that required surgery. Working with the doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists since January, we had expected Patrick to be ready to return to touring in April. T he recovery process and physical therapy has taken longer than anticipated and unfortunately Patrick is still unable to perform and needs additional time to heal. We thank all of our fans for their ongoing support and we look forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible.”

Peter Noble, Bluesfest Festival Director comments:

“We feel sorry for The Black Keys fans all over the world who were hoping to see them at Bluesfest and other venues which they have now had to cancel due to drummer Patrick Carney's ongoing issues with his shoulder injury.

The injury occurred on January 3rd when Carney, who was on holiday on the Caribbean island of St Barts, went body surfing, and was slammed to the ground by a 'humongous' wave. Patrick's shoulder was both dislocated AND broken in the accident.

As a result, The Black Keys cancelled upcoming European dates, and announced they expected to resume touring in April when Patrick was expected to be fully recovered.

Patrick has been regularly attending a Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Centre in Nashville, and recovery seems to have been going to plan until a recent complication occurred after 10 weeks of treatment. Patrick has now developed Adhesive Capsulitis, known as Frozen Shoulder, an infection, which has both delayed and complicated the healing process, and as a result, his doctor has advised he cannot go on tour currently and play the drums.

Documents supplied to me state, Patrick requires further regular intensive treatment, and we, along with his fans I'm sure, are praying for his timely recovery.

We love The Black Keys, and will miss them at Bluesfest this year, and look forward to having them play in future. Maybe we can even give Patrick some body surfing tips from the experts here in Byron Bay, where the waves are usually pretty gentle.

The Alabama Shakes have graciously agreed to close our Mojo stage on Good Friday in the slot that was formerly The Keys, and Paolo Nutini will appear immediately before them.

We are on the hunt for one more artist to play on Good Friday, and will let everyone know who that will be soon, so agents and managers get on the phones as well as email us with your artists.

I do need to say that this close to Bluesfest, it is going to be extremely difficult to get an international artist to play, given the requirements to get visas in time, however, we are keeping all options open.

We are working with the Band of Skulls international agent and management, as well as their Australian promoter, Secret Sounds to keep their tour on track including their Bluesfest performance.

The Band of Skulls were special guests on the Australian & New Zealand dates of The Black Keys tour, and now only have a few non Keys tour shows scheduled. We will do our best to help them hold their dates in.

Lastly, Bluesfest is an extremely deeply booked festival with up to 200 performances occurring over the 5 days and nights. Whilst things like this are not what we like to have happen, we have a plethora of amazing artists playing.

I have never had a year where so many people said this is our best festival bill of artists we have presented so far.

In the end Bluesfest is bigger than any one artist - and as sad as we are, to be going ahead without the Keys - we are moving on!

This still almost embarrassing riches of artists on the Bluesfest program is happening next week and preparations are right on schedule.

We are fast approaching a sell-out on Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the fest, so don't delay too long in buying tickets.

The excitement level is rising daily - it's going to be one of our best festivals EVER.”

Festival Director Peter Noble

Bluesfest Ticket Refunds for Good Friday 3rd of April single day ticket holders.

If you are ONLY coming to Bluesfest to see The Black Keys on Good Friday we will refund your ticket.

Keep in mind that there are so many amazing artists playing on that day and the Friday playing schedule is an absolute beauty – even without The Black Keys.

Other artists gracing the 5 Bluesfest stages on Good Friday are Paolo Nutini, The Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Cliff, Hunter Hayes, Gary Clark Jr, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Beth Hart, Train, Donavon Frankenreiter, Switchfoot, Keb’Mo’, Ruthie Foster, G Love & Special Sauce and many more.

Refunds for Friday 3rd of April (only) will be made available from 9am Tuesday 24th of March until 5pm Friday 27th of March. Please email or call the Bluesfest office directly on 02 6685 8310 to speak to one of our friendly staff members.

If you wish to come on another day instead of the Friday or even change your 3 day ticket combination you are more than welcome to do this.

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Friday Playing Schedule

Start Friday 3rd April


22.30 The Alabama Shakes
21.00 Paolo Nuitini
19.30 TBC
18.00 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
16.30 Beth Hart
15.00 Band Of Skulls 
13.30 Switchfoot
12.00 Delta Rae 


22.30 Zac Brown Band
21.00 Hunter Hayes 
19.00 Train
17.00 Jimmy Cliff 
15.30 SOJA
14.00 Keb' Mo' 
12.30 Nikki Hill


22.15 Gary Clark Jr.
20.30 Chris Robinson Brotherhood
19.00 Ruthie Foster
17.30 G. Love & Special Sauce 
16.00 JJ Grey & Mofro 
13.30 RocKwiz Live


22.30 Dispatch
21.00 Donavon Frankenreiter 
19.30 Playing For Change
18.00 Declan Kelly presents Diesel n' Dubfeat. Alex Lloyd, Frank Yamma, Emma Donovan, Radical Son,Pat Powell & Tony Hughes
16.30 The Beat 
15.00 Keziah Jones 
13.30 Jake Shimabukuro
12.00 Kristy Lee


22.00 Music Maker Blues Revue
20.15 Jeff Lang
18.45 Matt Andersen 
16.00 ABC Gold Coast FM National Broadcast
14.30 Dewayne Everettsmith 
13.15 Frank Yamma 
12.00 Shaun Kirk