(L-R) Captain Sensible, Dave Vanian, Pinch and Monty Oxymoron of The Damned (Picture: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
The Damned have been forced to pull out of Glastonbury Festival last minute due to Covid-19.
The rock band confirmed the news on social media, revealing that fellow band Reef will step in.
A statement from Field of Avalon at Glastonbury read: ‘With massive regret, The Damned have been forced to withdraw from Glastonbury due to COVID.
‘We wish them well and look forward to welcoming them back to the Avalon Stage soon.
‘We are delighted that Reef, one of the UKs best and most respected live acts, have stepped in to close the Friday night.
‘To date the band have sold in excess of three million albums worldwide. Reef’s previous appearance on Avalon attracted the largest ever audience for a Sunday evening.’
The Damned had previously cancelled gigs due to Covid, and have now said on Twitter: ‘Further to our previous updates, there have been more positive Covid tests in the Damned camp and consequently we’re having to withdraw from all remaining June appearances including Bath, Glastonbury and the Die Artze show in Germany.
‘Apologies to all the fans who were looking forward to seeing The Damned, we were looking forward to seeing you all too ! Until the next time..’
The Damned have given up their slot (Picture: WireImage)
Reef have stepped in (Picture: Redferns)
Glastonbury 2022 is nearly here (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Reef will play on the Avalon Stage on Friday at Glastonbury, from 11:05pm to 12:20am on Saturday.
The Damned, formed in 1976, is made up of Brian James, Dave Vanian, Rat Scabies (Christopher Millar), and Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns)
Billie Eilish will headline the festival on Friday, with Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar headlining on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Stars including Lorde, Noel Gallagher, Sam Fender, AJ Tracey, and Olivia Rodrigo will also perform at the UK’s most iconic festival.
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