Derry’s Peace One Day concert at Ebrington has been dealt a massive blow with chart toppers Massive Attack pulling out of the event.
The ‘Journal’ can reveal that the dance music pioneers - who were due to headline the June 21 concert - won’t be performing “due to unforeseen circumstances”.
The Derry show had been billed as “a key moment” in Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2012 campaign which was launched at the O2 Arena in London last year.
The Peace One Day concert - the first major concert at the transformed venue on Derry’s riverfront - is being produced by Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and its ambassador, Hollywood star, Jude Law.
Law and Gilley visited the Ebrington site last year to develop plans for the concert.
A spokesperson for Derry’s Culture Company told the ‘Journal’ last night: “Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Massive Attack will not be performing at ‘Peace One Day’. However, Peace One Day will deliver a great concert and are currently in the process of finalising a great line-up for the event.
“We are looking forward to announcing the full line-up and ticketing details for what promises to be a fantastic event as part of London 2012 Festival announcements next week.”
Massive Attack are a British DJ and ‘trip hop’ duo from Bristol consisting of Robert “3D” Del Naja and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall.
Working with co-producers, as well as various session musicians and guest vocalists, the duo are considered to be progenitors of the trip hop genre. Their debut album, Blue Lines was released in 1991, with the single “Unfinished Sympathy” reaching the charts and later being voted the 10th greatest song of all time in a poll by ‘The Guardian.’