HAPPY Mondays have pulled out of playing Sunderland’s Split Festival.
On Thursday, the music event announced that it had signed the Madchester legends to play under Saturday headliner Dizzee Rascal at the two-day festival in Mowbray Park.
But, just 24-hours later, they were forced to do a U-turn and say the band would no longer be playing.
The team behind Sunderland’s biggest home-grown music festival put out a statement saying: “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, The Happy Mondays are no longer able to perform at Split Festival.”
Talks are now in place with a replacement act who is expected to be another big name.
And the festival is re-assuring the thousands expected to attend the event that they will still be able to see the other acts booked including Dizzee Rascal, The Cribs, Maximo Park, Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, Frankie & The Heartstrings and The Lake Poets.
Around forty acts will play the event, which takes place on August 9 and 10.
For the first time in its five year history, Split Festival has moved from its birthplace in Ashbrooke Sports Ground to Mowbray Park in a bid to make it easier for more people to attend.
Over the years, it’s brought acts including The Charlatans and Johnny Rotten’s band PiL to the Sunderland stage.