Laneway loses another headliner

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 14:30 06/01/2014
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British musician James Blake has followed the lead of Lorde in ditching Auckland's Laneway music festival in favour of the Grammy Awards.

Both Blake and Lorde have been nominated for Grammys, which are being awarded in Los Angeles on the same day (NZT) as the January 27 Laneway event.

Laneway supported James Blake's decision to go to the awards, Laneway co-promoter Mark Kneebone said.

"We are totally gutted that he is unable to make it, however we appreciate this is a huge achievement for James Blake and his career."

Kneebone also announced Australian electronic music duo The Presets and American singer-songwriter Cat Power would be added to the line-up of 25 other artists at the festival, being held at Silo Park.

"We worked right through the Christmas break to secure the best replacements we could. After multiple attempts over the years, we are very happy to announce that Cat Power and The Presets will be joining us forLaneway 2014."

While a performance by Lorde on January 29 will be free for those with Laneway tickets who redeem the free tickets by 5pm this Wednesday, Blake's tight tour schedule ruled out replacement dates.

Organisers said refund requests would be accepted until 5pm on January 16.

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