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Olivia Newton-John forced to pull out of Cambridge Folk Festival as breast cancer returns

Cambridge Folk Festival line-up 2017
Cambridge Folk Festival line-up 2017

The Australian icon has cancelled her appearance at the 2017 Cambridge Folk Festival following the return of the disease she initially beat 25 years ago.

The 68-year-old star of Grease, who was born in Cambridge before moving to Australia as a child, has pulled out of a number of upcoming performances in order to undergo a course of treatment. She expects to be back on stage later in the year.

Last week, the four-time Grammy award-winner withdrew from a series of events for the upcoming tour, citing “severe back pain”.

Cambridge Live, organisers of the Cambridge Folk Festival, said in a statement:

“Unfortunately LIV ON featuring Olivia Newton-John have had to cancel their performance at this year’s Festival owing to the recently announced return of a previous illness.

“We wish Olivia a full and speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming her to a Festival at some point in the future”.

The singer herself said: “I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia”.

A spokesman for Cambridge Live told the Cambridge Independent: “We will be announcing a replacement shortly”.



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