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Glastonbury 2019: Snow Patrol withdraw as guitarist requires surgery


Snow Patrol have been forced to pull out of Glastonbury Festival 2019 at the very last minute after learning that their guitarist Johnny McDaid requires surgery.

The band confirmed that McDaid needs neck surgery after a prolonged period of pain causing him discomfort. While fans of the band will be disappointed, Glastonbury has confirmed that The Charlatans will replace Snow Patrol in the slot.

“Our dear brother Johnny McDaid has been experiencing neck pain and requires surgery.

“Along with Nathan, we need to give our brothers time to heal & recover and are sorry to announce the cancellation of European shows. We hope you understand.”

Glastonbury has also confirmed the news, taking to social media to say: “Unfortunately Snow Patrol have been forced to withdraw from their Other Stage performance at Glastonbury 2019, which was due to be on Friday at 6.30pm.

“That slot will now be taken by The Charlatans,” the festival confirmed.

Taking place between June 26th – 30th at Worthy Farm at Pilton in Somerset, this year’s festival will see Stormzy, The Cure and The Killers head up an as always huge lineup which also sees the likes of Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson, George Ezra, Miley Cyrus and Tame Impala, take to the famous stages. 

While many will be staring at stars all weekend there’s also the chance they could be dancing under the sun too. But before the warm weather arrives the BBC reports that there will be thundery showers in the days leading up to the festival, before things clear up meaning that the festival site may be a little muddy. Those arriving on Wednesday 26th June will find a day of mild conditions and sunny intervals with temperatures reaching a high of 26°. 

The report goes on to forecast that Thursday and Friday will see similar warm weather and clear skies with temperatures peaking at 26° and 27° remaining pleasant well into the evening. The report continues and suggets that it looks set to stay dry and warm throughout the weekend, with temperatures at 24° on Saturday and 21° on the closing Sunday.

Another report from the Met Office predicts “settled and warm weather” in the Worthy Farm area throughout Glastonbury weekend, with mild and dry conditions on the days leading up to the festival and the latter part of next week. The rest of the Glastonbury weekend is yet to be forecast.

“Towards the south and southeast it will most likely stay drier, and warm at times, but there is the risk of some thundery showers spreading in from the south,” they said. “There are signs that high pressure may become more dominant by late-June, bringing a chance of settled and warm weather.”