The festival organisers hope to secure and announce a replacement act in the coming days.
Scheduled to make his way to Australia this weekend for WOMADelaide, Ziggy Marley has announced that he will no longer be performing at the festival as planned.
“I would like to apologise to all the music fans in New Zealand and Australia. Unfortunately, I won’t be making it down there for the music festival,” said Marley in a statement. “I had some unforeseen family responsibilities that came up and I have to take care of it.
“I always love coming. I was really looking forward to this trip and we haven’t been there in a while so it was really sad that we’re not making it but alas, next year at the WOMAD festivals we will be there and so we will see you then.
“My apologies to everyone – WOMAD crew, music fans, music lovers, everyone. My apologies, but we’ll see you next year,” he said.
Festival Director Ian Scobie has assured ticketholders that the WOMADelaide crew are working hard to fill Marley’s Monday night timeslot and hope to have a replacement act locked in and announced in the coming days. While disappointed by the cancellation, the festival has expressed their understanding and wish Marley and his family “only the best”.
“The festival still features more than 42 other wonderful international groups – in fact over 600 artists from 32 countries – and, while this is a setback, we are very much looking forward to WOMADelaide’s four spectacular days of music, arts and dance in Botanic Park,” said Scobie.
WOMADelaide runs between Friday March 6 and Monday March 9 in the Adelaide Botanic Park. Find out more at the festival website.