JAMES TAKES THE STRAIN

But T In The Park goes ahead as planned...

THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS cancelled their show last night at the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium. A spokeswoman for the band told nme.com this morning that they decided at the last minute to cancel after James Dean Bradfield strained his voice during the band’s set at the Roskilde Festival on Saturday.

“They didn’t think they were up to it,” she said.

She also dismissed stories that were circulating – started by reports on local radio stations in Belgium and Holland – that the band were splitting up or that Nicky Wire had collapsed and been rushed back to Britain. She also said that there were no problems that would affect the band’s planned appearance next Sunday at T In The Park.

The new Manics single ‘Tsunami’ is released today on two CD formats.

CD1 is backed with remixes by Cornelius and the Electron Ray Mix by Stereolab. CD2 – an enhanced CD – has ‘Buildings For Dead People’ and the video for ‘Design For Life’.