A big-name band has pulled out of performing in Hong Kong - but this time it is not the Harbour Fest that has been hit by controversy. British rockers Supergrass have cancelled just days before they were scheduled to take centre stage at the Rockit music festival in Victoria Park this weekend. Mick Quinn, the band's bassist/vocalist, said the withdrawal was due to family matters. '[We] deeply regret that we have to cancel our performance ... due to a serious illness of a close family member,' he said. 'Sorry to all the people who were excited to come and see us, and even to the people who'd never heard of us. We ... promise to come back and play as soon as we get the opportunity.' Organisers are putting on a brave face. 'While Supergrass was a special part of this, there are still many more musicians and musical tastes from overseas and locally that festival-goers will enjoy,' said Nimal Jayawardena, of the Matrix Entertainment Group. 'It's just an inevitable part of organising a festival. At the end of the day, even superstars are real people with real lives. We are dealing with this fact by working on new, last-minute additions to the lineup.' The Rockit festival will begin at Victoria Park on Saturday. Organisers earlier claimed they had been dumped by the government because their show clashed with Harbour Fest. Matrix said the government promised support months ago and offered free use of the park while indicating it would grant Rockit an exemption from noise constraints. But then organisers were told the proposed exemption had been shelved and the festival's capacity had been halved from 40,000 to 20,000 people. Rockit will feature the Grammy-nominated Spanish Harlem Orchestra, New Zealand band the Feelers and acts from Japan, France and Brazil.