BRIT Award winner Paloma Faith will headline the Saturday night of The Bath Festival Finale Weekend on 26-27 May as an extension to her sell-out summer tour, replacing Tears for Fears.

Tears for Fears have had to postpone their sold-out UK tour due to health concerns.

On the Saturday night of the finale weekend, Alison Moyet remains as special guest and the remainder of the line-up over the weekend is unaffected.

Tears for Fears have apologised to fans for the inconvenience caused and hope to continue working on their album, the first to be released in 14 years, before its release in the autumn.

Bath Festivals Chief Executive Ian Stockley said: “We feel for Tears for Fears at this difficult time. We know they are just as disappointed as their fans not to be able to perform at this year’s finale”.

In a statement, Paloma Faith said: “I’m saddened to hear that illness has struck a member of Tears for Fears, but I’m so glad that I can jump in and make sure everyone has the best time. I promise to give it my all and get everyone up dancing.”

Ticketholders affected by the line-up change have been contacted about the change of line-up, informing them that their tickets are still valid.

Paloma Faith will headline the Saturday night of The Bath Festival Finale fresh from her acclaimed number 1 Gold album The Architect, which includes the singles Crybaby, Guilty and Till I’m Done. She is one of only two British female artists this decade to have their first three albums go Double Platinum in the UK.

Paloma will head up a strong female vocal line-up on the Saturday, including Alison Moyet and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, along with a host of contemporary artists and emerging talent.

Robert Plant returns to Bath to headline the Sunday night of the Finale Weekend. Robert Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll. His previous appearance on the Rec was with Led Zeppelin in 1969. After Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980 he released his first solo album in 1982 and has since gone on a remarkable musical journey. His latest album, Carry Fire, was released to great critical acclaim in August 2017, following the extraordinary album Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar from 2014. Robert is about to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Americana Honours and Awards.

Robert will round off a great day of music from Imelda May, Midge Ure, Seth Lakeman and Jade Bird.

Other attractions over the weekend will include a Poets Corner, a Multi Youth Space of activity zones for children and families with programmes of workshops and performances for all ages, a platform for local musicians, the culmination of our live music competition ‘Bath Introduces’ – open to people of all ages, signed or unsigned acts, across the BANES and Bristol areas – great artisan food and a plethora of live entertainment across four stages, bringing an open-air party to the city as the finale to the 17-day 70th Anniversary Festival.

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