Frank Turner scraps festival dates due to back problem Get Tickets

But singer will still play Reading And Leeds...

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Frank Turner has been forced to cancel a handful of European festival dates due to a back injury.

The singer had been scheduled to play shows at Pukkelpop in Belgium, as well as the Gampel and Highfield Festivals in Switzerland and Germany respectively, but revealed yesterday (August 15) that he has pulled out of the dates.

"To quote Black Flag, 'I am not a machine,'" he wrote on his official site. "Dammit. Ever since Bonnaroo Festival (back in June) I've had a slight issue with my back. As of last weekend, 30 something shows later, it's become a serious thing, and despite my best efforts to ignore it, bully it into submission or just punk rock through the whole thing, it's a problem I need to deal with.

He added: "My doctor has sent me in for a spinal epidural shot tomorrow, which means there is no way I can play at Pukkelpop, Gampel or Highfield Festivals this weekend."

However, Turner insisted that his current back niggles will not prevent him from playing this month's Reading and Leeds festivals. "Speaking of the future, people coming to Hatfield, Reading and Leeds need not worry – the shows will go ahead, we are working on a plan, and if I have to do them in a wheelchair I will. Everyone in my team, from the Sleeping Souls on down, are being really great about making sure that the show goes on. Thanks for your patience and good wishes."

This year's Reading and Leeds, which takes place on August 23–25 will this year be headlined by Green Day, Eminem and Biffy Clyro. Other huge names on the lineup include Nine Inch Nails, who will return to perform at the festival for the first time since 2007, as well as Foals, Deftones, and System of a Down.

The NME/Radio One stage will be headlined by Skrillex, Alt-J and Phoenix. Other acts playing include A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Jake Bugg, Tame Impala, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, Peace, Palma Violets, Fidlar and HAIM.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer's events.


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