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Queens of the Stone Age cancel Euro festival dates

The rock band have been forced to axe their remaining July headline slots while frontman Josh Homme undergoes "emergency surgery"

By James Hanley on 09 Jul 2024


image © Andreas Neumann

Queens of the Stone Age have been forced to cancel a string of European festival headline dates this month due to frontman Josh Homme requiring “emergency surgery”.

The cancelled performances include Festival Jardin Sonare in France (10 July), Slovakia’s Pohoda Festival (13 July), Germany’s Zitadelle Spandau (July 16), Czechia’s Colours of Ostrava (17 July) and METAstadt in Austria (18 July).

The American rock band have also pulled out of Electric Castle Festival in Romania (20 July) and Athens Rocks in Greece (27 July), as well as two headline shows at SRC Salata in Croatia (23-24 July).

“Every effort was made to push through and play for you, but it is no longer an option to continue”

“QOTSA regret to announce that Josh Homme must return to the United States immediately for emergency surgery,” says a social media post from the group. “Every effort was made to push through and play for you, but it is no longer an option to continue.

“Ticket holders for festivals, please visit the specific festival website for updated information. Ticket holders for headline shows will be contacted directly from the point of purchase with further information.”

The band, who are currently slated to return to action at Sweden’s Way Out West on 8 August, previously cancelled a set at Italy’s AMA Festival, scheduled for 5 July, citing “health concerns”. They also have slots booked for later this summer at Norway’s Oya Festival, Syd for Solen in Denmark, Cabaret Vert Festival in France, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Belgium’s Pukkelpop and Vilar de Mouros Festival in Portugal.

Last week meanwhile, Homme revealed QOTSA were set to become the first act to play in the Paris Catacombs.


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