The Chemical Brothers pull out of Glastonbury due to Covid

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Chemical Brothers - Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons arrive in an Audi for The O2 Silver Clef Awards 2019 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on July 05, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Audi UK)
Chemical Brothers - Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons in 2019. (Getty Images for Audi UK)

The Chemical Brothers have cancelled their set at Glastonbury due to Covid.

The dance duo where due to perform at the festival on 24 June at the Arcadia stage between 11pm and 1am.

They broke the news to fans on social media earlier today, writing: "We are very sorry to announce that we won’t be DJing at Arcadia this evening at Glastonbury."

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Their statement continued: “We were so excited to be back in the fields and to celebrate the return of the festival. We were hoping that more days rest would allow Tom to recover from Covid this hasn’t been the case so far”.

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: A festival goer enjoys the music during day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
A festival goer enjoys the music during day three of Glastonbury. (WireImage)

The dance legends added that they hoped the virus wouldn't impact any more tour dates: "We are hoping that Tom will recover in time to play the scheduled Castle Howard show in York on Sunday and will update with progress as soon as possible via our socials."

The Chemical Brothers' performance at the festival first looked doubtful on Wednesday, 22 June when they announced that they had to postpone a show in Cork due to members of the band and road crew testing positive for the virus.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN - JUNE 16: The Chemical Brothers perform during O Son do Camiño Festival on June 16, 2022 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Photo by Cristina Andina/Redferns)
The Chemical Brothers perform live in Spain. (Redferns)

Yesterday, the band released an update where they hoped to still play the iconic festival. They said: “We are monitoring the situation and will make a decision as soon as possible regarding remaining shows later this week.

"We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible but as we have all learnt over the last two excruciating years, COVID recovery times and severity of infection are unpredictable.”

Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers performs on stage at Mediolanum Forum on November 16, 2019 in Milano, Italy (Photo by Mairo Cinquetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers performs on stage at Mediolanum Forum on November 16, 2019. (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Glastonbury have confirmed that Groove Armada and Bonobo will replace The Chemical Brothers.

The festival is set to be headlined by Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar while the likes of Diana Ross, Sam Fender and the Pet Shop Boys are also scheduled to perform.

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