Coldplay and Lil Nas X were forced to pull out of the U.K.’s annual Jingle Bell Ball all-star concert last weekend after team members tested positive for COVID-19.
“Sadly we have to announce that Coldplay and Lil Nas X have had to pull out of performing at this weekend’s Jingle Bell Ball with Barclaycard,” read a statement from host Capital FM.
“Both acts have had members of their teams test positive for COVID-19 and therefore are not able to perform,” the radio station added. “We’d like to wish the very best and a speedy recovery to Coldplay, Lil Nas X and their teams. Of course, everyone at Capital is absolutely gutted, but the show must go on.”
The acts were replaced by British rapper ArrDee and rock singer Tom Grennan, who both performed on Saturday, with ArrDee playing a set on Sunday as well. Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran played extended sets on Saturday and Sunday night, respectively.
“We regret to say that, due to positive COVID-19 cases in the band’s touring party, we’re no longer able to perform at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball tonight in London or on The Voice of Germany on Sunday,” Coldplay tweeted.
“We send out love to the individuals affected and wish them a swift recovery,” they added. “We’re so sorry to cancel at the last minute and apologise to everyone concerned.”
In a video posted on Capital FM’s Twitter page, Lil Nas X said, “Hey guys, sorry I couldn’t make it, a few of the members of my team got Covid and we just don’t want to be irresponsible and risk it. Hope you guys have an amazing time. I love you and I’ll see you soon.”
(Photo: Dave Meyers)
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