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Toots and the Maytals drops out of a One Love Festival

Reggae group Toots and the Maytals drops out of a music festival in Australia and New Zealand because of bushfire smoke

  • Reggae group have dropped out of One Love Festival in Australia in February
  • Toots & The Maytals cancelled their upcoming Australian and New Zealand Tour 
  • The Jamaican group could not risk the trip ‘with the air quality at an all-time low’

A reggae group have dropped out of a music festival in Australia and New Zealand due to bushfire smoke.

The One Love Festival were forced to make a last-minute line-up change after Toots & The Maytals cancelled their upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour.

‘We are saddened that we have to postpone New Zealand and Australia tour,’ the Jamaican music group said.

The One Love Festival (pictured) were forced to make a last-minute line-up change after Toots & The Maytals cancelled their upcoming Australian and New Zealand Tour 

Festival organisers said front-man Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert (pictured) is unable to travel due to health reasons

Festival organisers said front-man Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert (pictured) is unable to travel due to health reasons 

‘Unfortunately due to advice, with the air quality at an all-time low, we cannot risk the trip. 

‘We look forward to rescheduling our tour and having a party with our Reggae lovers soon.’  

They will be replaced by New Zealand group The Black Seeds for the inaugural festival at Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast, Saturday February 1.  

‘Kia Ora good people of the GC! We are absolutely stoked to get the call up to play for you all at Australia’s first ”One Love”,’ Said Barnaby Weir of The Black Seeds.

‘Although it’s a shame Toots & The Maytals can no longer make it, The Black Seeds will bring you an epic live set we’re sure you’ll enjoy!’ 

Stan Walker will replace Toots & The Maytals at One Love in Tauranga this weekend. 

They will be replaced by The Black Seeds for the inaugural festival at Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast, Saturday February 1

They will be replaced by The Black Seeds for the inaugural festival at Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast, Saturday February 1

Festival organisers said front-man Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert is unable to travel due to health reasons.

Major cities across Australia’s east coast have been choked by toxic smoke amid the nation’s catastrophic bushfire season.

Health authorities have been forced to release warnings about the hazy conditions, which can pose problems to at risk groups including the elderly and those with breathing problems.   

Major cities across Australia's east coast have been choked by toxic smoke amid the nation's catastrophic bushfire season

Major cities across Australia’s east coast have been choked by toxic smoke amid the nation’s catastrophic bushfire season

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