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The Julie Ruin cancel European dates after Kathleen Hanna suffers Lyme Disease relapse

The band were set to play three UK shows later this month

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The Julie Ruin have cancelled their upcoming European dates as frontwoman Kathleen Hanna has suffered a relapse of Lyme Disease.

Hanna has suffered from the chronic condition since 2005, leaving the band Le Tigre that year because of health issues which were later diagnosed as due to the condition. The Julie Ruin were due to play London's Tufnell Park Dome on May 22 as well as Leeds Brudenell Social Club on May 24 and Brighton Coalition on May 26 in addition to dates in mainland Europe and North America across the summer, but all shows have been pulled as Hanna, former frontwoman of Bikini Kill, undergoes a three-month course of treatment for the debilitating illness.

A statement reads: "She is currently having a relapse and has been advised by her doctor to start a difficult three-month course of treatment immediately. The treatment plan will make it impossible for her to travel. The Julie Ruin are disappointed to postpone these appearances, however they are confident that taking this time off will allow Hanna to heal so that they can continue touring in the future."

The Julie Ruin released their debut album 'Run Fast' in 2013. Hanna wrote a blog post for NME.COM last year in which she discussed the controversy surrounding Default Genders – her musical project with James Brooks – and their song 'On Fraternity'. The track seemingly imagines the threat of rape on the street from a woman's perspective.

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