From Blur's Facebook page
Devastated to report that Blur won't be performing at BDO in 2014. It's a shock that it has come to this.
Only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organisers, they can't let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won't be there. We've done our very best to work with the organisers and considered every option to make it happen, but they've let us down and let everyone else down too.
We have to await the Big Day Out's response to this, but my head is shaking at this.
Who knows why, but fans are not happy. What is lost in this is the cost to fans of flights, accomodation and tickets. And this causes a flow on in a loss of trust.
And promoters are wondering why people aren't buying tickets early to festivals. Becaof changes like this.