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Ian Brown cancels headline slot at Neighbourhood Weekender festival

Ian Brown has claimed he has pulled out of headline performance at Neighbourhood Weekender due to the festival insisting on proof of vaccinations for fans to attend the festival.

The former Stone Roses frontman has spent a large portion of the last twelve months bemoaning the pandemic’s seriousness and the virus, even referring to it as “the plandemic”. The musician has been tweeting relentlessly over the previous six months sharing conspiracy theories, and his controversial views have led to his removal from Neighbourhood Weekender.

The Warrington-based festival isn’t the only event that Brown was booked to appear at last summer. He remains scheduled to appear at Glasgow’s TRNSMT, but it remains up in the air whether or not he will be removed. The Stone Roses man was also announced to headline Sheffield’s Tramlines, although the festival is yet to announce their 2021 line-up.

“Following the recent government announcement we are moving Neighbourhood Weekender to Friday 3, Saturday 4 & Sunday September 5th 2021,” the festival wrote in a statement.

“My Saturday night headline show at NHBD Weekender Festival will now not happen!” Brown wrote in retaliation. “I refuse to accept vaccination proof as condition of entry. Refunds are available! X”

This latest post comes after, on February 26th, Brown posted on Twitter: “NEVER sing to a crowd who must be vaccinated as a condition of attendance. NEVER EVER!”

Brown has been replaced by James as Saturday night-headliner, with Gerry Cinnamon closing the Friday night and Catfish & The Bottlemen headlining the Sunday. Other acts set to appear at NBHD include Sam Fender, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Pale Waves, Easy Life, The Coral, Miles Kane and Sports Team.