The tunesmith has a nasty infection - but the dates have been rearranged...

Ben Folds has been forced to postpone his UK tour due to illness.

Dates were due to begin tomorrow (November 12) in Leicester. However, Ben Folds is sick with a respiratory infection and is under doctor’s orders not to travel, perform or sing for at least a month.

Ben Folds said: “I am very sorry and disappointed to have had to reschedule my UK tour. Rarely in my career have I had to do this. I take missing a show very seriously, but in this case I had no choice, I’ve got a nice respiratory infection. I’m sorry I’m not there right now and I hope the whole thing doesn’t screw up anyone’s schedule too badly.”

The tour has been re-scheduled for June 2005, original tickets will be valid and refunds are available from the point of sale.

The rescheduled dates are:

London Barbican (June 1)

Brighton Dome (2)

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (7)

Dublin Vicar Street (8)

Southampton Guildhall (10)

Manchester Lowry (11)

Sheffield Octagon (13)

Leicester De Montfort Hall (14)

Cambridge Corn Exchange (16)

Warwick Arts Centre (17)

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