Terminally ill singer Wilko Johnson to headline Cusworth Festival

Wilko Johnson on stage.
Wilko Johnson on stage.

A terminally ill rock singer playing one of his last few dates is to headline this year’s emotion charged Cusworth Music Festival.

Wilko Johnson, best known for his work with 1970s pub rock and rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood, will top the bill at the concert on August 25.

Earlier this year, the singer and guitarist announced he was suffering from terminal cancer and announced a farewell tour ahead of his death after doctors gave him just a few months to live.

He said: “It seems that I am still being spared from the final onslaught of my terminal cancer. I am feeling again the desire to get up on stage and do my thing while my health allows - so it is that I have decided to make some festival appearances during the summer.”

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January this year and was told that he only has nine to ten months to live.

The show, in the grounds of historic Cusworth Hall, will also feature music from Mickey Finn’s T-Rex, Mostly Autumn, The Brew UK, Chantel McGregor and The Avit Blues Band.

Tickets are £19 at www.solidentertainments.com