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Belle And Sebastian cancel European tour due to singer's health

Frontman Stuart Murdoch recently complained about his voice being in 'bad shape'

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Belle & Sebastian have cancelled their upcoming European tour due to singer Stuart Murdoch's ill health.

The band were due to kick off a tour of mainland Europe in Cenon, France next week (November 10), but have now posted a statement to their official website confirming that they have pulled all the dates.

"Belle And Sebastian regret to announce the cancellation of their upcoming tour of mainland Europe. This is due to lead singer Stuart Murdoch’s current health," the statement reads.

"It is a huge disappointment for us not to make the concerts, and the decision was not taken easily."

"Stuart wants nothing else but to be able to play and sing for you, but has to get better first. We hope you understand."

On November 2, Murdoch tweeted: "You know, I don't have a great voice, but I am acutely aware when it's in bad shape, like it was tonight in Dunfermline."

He later added: "I have a heavy cold, but too late to cancel the gig. The crowd and the band got me through the gig."

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The Scottish band will still mark their 20th anniversary in 2016 with a pair of London gigs at the Royal Albert Hall on June 22/23.

The Glasgow outfit released latest album 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' in January.

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