UPDATED: Treefort headliner Animal Collective cancels; Sunday night Main Stage schedule reworked

h60tcf-7aAhBnq15JmdsRF1jZku_ga51TXwHxPj3qFgPsychedelic band Animal Collective, arguably the biggest name on this year’s Treefort Music Fest bill, has canceled its March tour, including its scheduled Boise appearance.

The group was slated to perform at 8:30 p.m. March 24 — the closing act of the Main Stage.

Organizers are working on a back-up plan. (Two words: Timberlake time!)

From the press release issued by Animal Collective:

Today it is with a heavy heart that Animal Collective must announce the postponement of their March North American tour. Due to continuing illness, all North American dates through Treefort Festival have been postponed. Details about rescheduled dates will be released as soon as they are available.

Statement from Avey Tare:

To all of the AC fans out there. I feel its best you hear it right from the horses mouth. It kills me to have to postpone all these shows and it’s something I could never even have imagined happening. I’m positive that we were as excited as you all to visit all of your towns and have a good time together. But because of the strain on my voice that’s being caused by an intense case of strep throat, I am unable to play any of these shows. Unfortunately, I wasn’t diagnosed soon enough and haven’t been able to kick this in the right amount of time. We promise you all that we are doing everything we can to reschedule all these shows asap and we will be visiting your cities. We hope you can all understand and sympathize with the situation. It’s been really fun for all of us to be playing these days and the energy you all give us makes us want to take it further and further with you and give it right back. Hopefully, we can continue to do this together soon. Until then. Stay Well.

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UPDATED MARCH 19: Treefort organizers have reworked Sunday night’s Main Stage schedule. Now Dan Deacon, pictured below (read more about Deacon in Scene magazine Friday), is the headliner. Experimental Portland band AU has been added. Also note that Boise’s Youth Lagoon will play later that originally planned.

New Sunday Main Stage schedule:
1:15pm – 2pm Le Fleur
2:20pm – 3:05pm Social Studies
3:25pm – 4:10pm Bad Weather California
4:30pm – 5:15pm Brainstorm
5:45pm – 6:35pm AU
7pm – 7:50pm Youth Lagoon
8:30pm – 10pm Dan Deacon

Treefort organizers also say that a make-up show for Animal Collective is in the works.

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Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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