Monday 21 October 2019

Sam Fender and Cage The Elephant pull out of Isle of Wight Festival

The pair will be replaced by Friendly Fires and Yungblud.

Sam Fender has pulled out of performing at the Isle of Wight Festival (Ian West/PA)
Sam Fender has pulled out of performing at the Isle of Wight Festival (Ian West/PA)

By Alex Green, Press Association

Sam Fender and Cage The Elephant have pulled out of their slots at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival with less than a week to go.

Disco and pop group Friendly Fires and rocker Yungblud will replace the pair on the line-up.

Newcastle-based Fender, 22, the winner of the Critics’ Choice prize at last year’s Brit Awards, was forced to drop out due to illness.

Pop-punks Cage The Elephant announced earlier today that they were cancelling all upcoming UK tour dates after their guitarist Nick Bockrath hurt himself on stage.

Bockrath injured his leg while performing at Sweden’s Pinkpop Festival last weekend.

A statement of the group’s social media said: “Sadly, our guitarist Nick Bockrath had an accident on stage at “PINKPOP” and injured his leg badly (ruptured PCL, torn ACL, fractured tibia, damaged meniscus).

“He tried to play through two shows, but he now requires immediate surgery and is currently getting the medical attention he needs.”

Friendly Fires and Yungblud will perform on Saturday June 15 on the Big Top stage.

This year’s event sports a controversial all-male trio of headliners, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro topping the bill.

The festival runs from June 13 to 16.

Fender’s management has been approached for comment.

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