Glastonbury Festival: REEF replaces The Damned on Field of Avalon

ROCK quartet The Damned have pulled out of Glastonbury Festival after members of their camp tested positive for Covid.

The band was due to headline the Field of Avalon stage at 11:05 p.m. Friday night, but have been forced to cancel several shows in recent days due to the virus.

The Damned have been replaced in the line-up by REEF, a Glastonbury-based band who have performed at Worthy Farm on four previous occasions.

Field of Avalon stage organizers confirmed the news on social media.

A spokesperson said: “With immense 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 UK’s best and most respected live bands, have stepped in to close out Friday night.

“To date, the group has sold over three million albums worldwide. Reef’s previous appearance on Avalon drew the biggest audience ever for a Sunday night.

The Damned confirmed on Saturday June 18 that a member of the band had tested positive for Covid and were therefore unable to perform at the New Waves Day Festival or perform a planned concert in Portsmouth.

On Sunday the band canceled tonight’s concert in Bournemouth but said they were ‘very hopeful’ that Glastonbury ‘will go on as planned next weekend’.

Since then, the tests have multiplied within the entourage of the group, forcing them to withdraw.

They tweeted: “Following our previous updates, there have been more positive Covid tests in The Damned camp and therefore we must withdraw from all remaining appearances in June, 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.”

Shortly after the announcement, REEF tweeted, “YES rockers! We’re headlining the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury this Friday! “.

REEF had two top 10 hits: Place Your Hands and Come Back Brighter.

The Field of Avalon stage will also feature 2000s acts Sugababes and McFly as well as The Hoosiers, Grace Petrie and The Dualers.

Chemical Brothers has also been added to Arcadia’s bill for Friday night (11 p.m. until midnight).


A book documenting the festival’s history through the eyes of its performers is now available for sale online.

Ancient county gazette the book by publisher Paul Jones View from the stage: 50 years of Glastonbury by the people who played was described as a “brilliant collection of beautifully written interviews” by singer Beth Rowley.

You can buy the book online for £6.50 (including UK postage) HERE.

Jan G. Gilbert