Wilko Johnson Announces Festival Dates -
Wilko Johnson has announced four UK festival appearances
scheduled to take place in July and August.
The ex-Dr Feelgood guitarist revealed earlier this year that he
had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had decided not to
Johnson performed a farewell tour which was intended to close
with two shows in his hometown of Canvey Island, Essex. However
both dates were cancelled due to him falling ill after performing
with Madness for the BBC's 'Goodbye BBC Television Centre'
At the time Johnson released a statement stating he would never
appear on stage again. However he has now confirmed he'll be
appearing at the Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire, on July 7; DV8
Festival in Fibbers, York on July 14; the Cusworth Music Festival,
Doncaster, on August 25; and the Great British R'n'B Festival,
Lancashire, on August 26.
Johnson tells Cusworth organisers (via
"It seems that I am still being spared the final onslaught of
my terminal cancer.
"As the memory of the farewell tour recedes I am feeling,
again, the desire to get up on stage and do my thing while health
"So it is that I have decided to make some festival
appearances during the summer."
Manager Robert Hoy recently reported:
"Such is the interest in his history, influence and positive
response to his diagnosis that, as well as the daily flow of
goodwill messages and interview requests, there is even talk of a
stage play based on his life.
"It seems that after a 40-year career, which many felt did
not receive the recognition it deserved, Wilko is now becoming
something of a national treasure."
Johnson is working on a studio album, and a live DVD shot during
his farewell tour is due for release soon.