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He has been replaced by the addition of two New Zealand music icons in The Chills and Zed for the big music festival at Lincoln Domain on Saturday, March 6.
Promoter David Parlane said Stevens had no choice but to stay in Australia because of the Covid-19 restrictions and changes in Australia and New Zealand.
Stevens said he was "absolutely gutted" he wouldn't be able to headline Selwyn Sounds.
"As a proud Kiwi, I truly appreciate all the support I receive from my home country and look forward to returning home soon … Te Aroha ki te katoa."
They will join Stan Walker, The Jordan Luck Band, Annie Crummer, Jason Kerrison – OP Shop, Che Fu – Super Groove, Rodney Fisher - Goodshirt, The Lady Killers – Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke and Suzanne Lynch, Hello Sailor and the Automatic 80’s.
Said Parlane: "New Zealand is extremely fortunate to be in this situation and many countries around the world, artists, fans can only wish to once again have live music.
"The health, safety, and well-being of our ticket-holders is our No 1 priority and several new measures have been added to ensure this.
"But they can also help by scanning the QR codes, ensure hands are sanitized, Bluetooth on and let us make it a day for us all to remember."
- For tickets go to www.selwynsounds.co.nz
Approx. times for the day:
11am Hello Sailor
12pm The Chills
1.35pm Kiwi 7 – Annie Crummer, Jason Kerrison, Rodney Fisher, Che Fu and
The Lady Killers – Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke and Suzanne Lynch
3.10pm Auto 80s
5.55pm Jordan Luck
7.30pm Stan Walker