Mona's UK tour nearly goes up in smoke as band are struck by lightning

Nick Brown tells NME the group were almost toast as they prepared for dates around 'Trouble On The Way' single

Mona's UK tour nearly goes up in smoke as band are struck by lightning

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Mona's first UK tour was almost derailed after the band were struck by lightning while preparing for their dates.

The Nashville-based newcomers were rehearsing for their December shows earlier this week when the group were almost obliterated by the strike.

"The lightning struck and knocked us down," frontman Nick Brown told NME, explaining that the band had just nipped out of their rehearsals for a break.

"There has been thunder and lightning all week and we have had tornado warnings," added the singer of the prevailing conditions in Nashville. "The power was knocked out in the neighbourhood for hours so that was the end of the rehearsal. I'm grateful to still be on the planet. We really felt it; you could feel the heat and literally smell the lightning it was that powerful. Everything was white for a few seconds."

Despite the near-miss, the band are still on course to play the following UK shows:

London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (December 7)
Glasgow, Captains Rest (9)
Manchester, Night & Day (10)
Birmingham, The Flapper (11)
Bristol, The Cooler (13)
Nottingham, Bodega Social (17)
Brighton, Audio (18)

To check the availability of Mona tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

The band release their second single, 'Trouble On The Way', on limited vinyl and download on December 13.

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