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Bluesfest drops Sticky Fingers from line-up after festival controversy



Bluesfest has dropped Sticky Fingers from its 2023 line-up after two other big acts pulled out over the controversial Sydney band's inclusion.

The Byron Bay festival has been embroiled in a war of words after organisers announced Sticky Fingers would perform and issued a statement today stating the band would "step off" the April lineup.

"Bluesfest cannot, sadly, continue to support Sticky Fingers by having them play our 2023 edition, and we apologise to those artists, sponsors and any others we involved in this matter through our mistaken belief that forgiveness and redemption are the rock on which our society is built," festival organisers said.

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Last week, Sampa the Great and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, refused to perform after Bluesfest threw its support behind Sticky Fingers.

The controversy around the band is based on allegations from 2016 that Sticky Fingers frontman Dylan Frost physically threatened Indigenous singer-songwriter Thelma Plum.

He later apologised on Instagram, saying he was "ashamed" and that "violence against women is never OK".

Two years later, Frost allegedly became involved in a verbal altercation at a Sydney pub and was subsequently kicked out.

Bluesfest noted Frost's mental health issues in its statement today.

"The narrative that they continue to deserve to be cancelled, as well as anyone who publicly supports them, is difficult to accept, wherein a portion of society and media passes eternal judgment toward those, in this case, a diagnosed mentally ill person whom we feel doesn't deserve the continued public scrutiny he's being given," the statement said.

"We thank everyone who has contacted us and advised their support in this matter, especially those suffering from a mental illness who feel they cannot have their illness supported in a manner whereby they feel included in society."

But the festival has continued to defend the band despite dropping the performers from the line-up.

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Sydney band Sticky Fingers

The festival said it plans to put the controversy behind it to present the "best-ever edition of Bluesfest… proudly".

Sticky Fingers has previously been contacted for comment on the controversy at Bluesfest.

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