Blur - Blur Axe Big Day Out Show
Rockers Blur have pulled out of their headline slot at next year's (14) Big Day Out festival in Australia.
The British band is heading Down Under for a tour in the New Year and was due to top the bill at the touring event, which takes place in various cities across six dates in January and February (14).
But the Parklife hitmakers have now announced they are pulling out of the festival, blaming organisers for the move.
A message on the band's official Facebook.com page states, "Devastated to report that Blur won't be performing at Bdo in 2014. It's a shock that it has come to this. Only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organisers, they can't let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won't be there.
"We've done our very best to work with the organisers and considered every option to make it happen, but they've let us down and let everyone else down too."
Big Day Out boss Adam Zammit has since reached out to fans on Twitter.com to assure them: "(The) event is charging ahead despite Blurs (sic) action. Announcement and statement soon."