April 18, 2013 12:39

Biffy Clyro cancel Coachella performance and US dates due to illness

Band have returned to the UK due to frontman Simon Neil's bronchitis

Biffy Clyro cancel Coachella performance and US dates due to illness

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Biffy Clyro have been forced to cancel their second Coachella performance and have pulled out of all their forthcoming US tour dates due to illness.

The Scottish rockers, who played the California festival last weekend as well as two nights supporting Muse at Madison Square Gardens (April 15 and 16), have pulled out of all forthcoming dates and have returned to the UK due to frontman Simon Neil suffering from bronchitis.

A statement posted on the band's website today reads: "Biffy Clyro have today been forced to cut short their North American tour and return to the UK immediately; Simon Neil has been struggling with a serious respiratory problem on the shows, including two nights supporting Muse at Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and was advised by doctors that he was endangering his long term health if he chose to continue performing on this run. Thus, further dates with Muse across the US and Canada, plus a second weekend performance at the Coachella Festival this coming Saturday, have now been cancelled."

The statement continues: "The band wish to express how sorry they are that they aren't able to carry out the full run of shows, and hope to confirm a new run of North American shows shortly. All UK and European dates this Summer should, however, remain unaffected."

Biffy Clyro, who released their UK Number One double album 'Opposites' last month (February), will headline this year's Reading And Leeds Festivals. They will top the bill at Leeds on Friday, August 23, and Reading on Sunday, August 25. Eminem and Green Day are the other two Main Stage headliners.

Speaking about their first ever Reading and Leeds top billing, Biffy frontman Simon Neil recently told NME: "Reading always felt like such an exotic festival. Even though it’s been around since the '70s, it just really seemed to come alive in the '90s. I think that's when it became the cultural moment that it is now, and the fixture that it is in the calendar…It’s just fucking bizarre. I still can’t get my head round it."

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer's events. Click to check the availability of Reading Festivals tickets and Leeds Festivals tickets.

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