Last month's swimming accident in France that caused Travis drummer Neil Primrose to have surgery removing discs from his back and a bone graft inserted to support the weakened area has now forced the Scottish sweethearts to cancel their headlining appearance at next month's V2002 festival in Chelmsford and Stafford, England. Primrose, while healing faster than forecast, has still been given a two-month moratorium on bashing the skins by his physician. In a press release, the boys from Glasgow stated, "Whilst we are hugely disappointed not be appearing at this year's V2002 festival, we feel that under the circumstances it would be wholly inappropriate to replace Neil while he continues to recover. We are sure Travis fans will agree that without Neil Primrose, Travis is incomplete."
Taking over top billing is the Chemical Brothers, fresh off their success at T in the Park in Glasgow, where they rocked over 50,000 heads. The duo was set to headline on the second stage, the NME stage, but now will be replaced in that capacity with an announcement of their succ essors due by August 2. V2002 is set to be held on August 17 and 18 in the two English cities, with the lineups playing one city one day and shifting cities the next. Still due to appear are such varied talent as Stereophonics, Primal Scream, Doves, Supergrass, Elvis Costello, Ian Brown, The Beta Band, My Vitriol, Basement Jaxx, and the Donnas, plus tens more over the two-day spectacular.