Sinead O’Connor has pulled out of the Galway International Arts Festival after her agent said she was suffering from exhaustion.
The singer, who recently became a grandmother, had been due to wow thousands of fans at the sold out show in the festival’s big top on Thursday night.
However, organisers confirmed tonight that the singer would no longer be taking part.
Instead, the headline act will now be American singer-songwriter John Grant, who had been due to open for O’Connor with Sharon Shannon stepping in to the breach.
The big top has a capacity of 3,500 and tickets for the event, selling for €39.50 have been sold out for some time. A refund process has now been put in place for those who wish to avail of it.
A statement from the Galway International Arts Festival said: “With regret Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh wish to announce that due to illness Sinéad O’Connor has now cancelled all of her summer dates including her Festival Big Top show scheduled for this coming Thursday 23 July.
“The concert will go ahead with John Grant performing, as advertised, with new special guests Festival favourites the Sharon Shannon Big Band added to the bill”
A statement from Sinead O’Connor’s agent stated: “Sinéad O'Connor apologises profusely to her fans but she cannot travel this summer anymore. She is suffering from exhaustion due to an existing not resolved medical situation and she has been advised by the doctor to stop any activity and rest. Because of this she is completely unable to travel and to perform.”
A spokesperson for the festival and Róisín Dubh said they were hugely disappointed at the news and wish Sinéad a speedy recovery.
Organisers will provide those who attend the gig with a complimentary drinks voucher for the Big Top Bar along with a €10 festival voucher redeemable against any other event in the programme.
For customers who do not wish to attend the show organisers stated they will offer a full refund including booking charges.
Those who booked through the festival website can email requests to cancel and confirmation number to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone on 091 566577, or by visiting the Festival Box Office.
For customers who booked online through the Róisín Dubh please email request to cancel and confirmation number to email@example.com
For customers who booked physical tickets through Róisin Dubh or OMG, Shop Street please bring tickets to point of purchase to claim a full refund.
For customers who booked with Ticketmaster tickets must be returned to the point of purchase by a secure method of post.