Fleetwood Mac expected to appear at Manchester and Isle Of Wight gigs following illness

Band were forced to postpone last night's Birmingham gig at the last moment

Fleetwood Mac are expected to perform in Manchester and at this weekend’s Isle Of Wight festival despite postponing a gig in Birmingham last night through illness.

The band axed the Genting Arena gig just hours before they were due on stage last night (June 9). A statement released by the group did not specify which member is feeling poorly, but did confirm that gig will instead take place on July 7.

A spokesperson for the band today (June 10) confirmed to NME that the shows in Manchester on Friday and the headline slot at Isle of Wight are assumed to be going ahead as planned. Similarly, a spokesperson for Isle of Wight Festival said that the band are “confirmed to play as scheduled”.

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Fleetwood Mac are scheduled to ppear alongside fellow headline acts Blur, The Black Keys and The Prodigy at Isle of Wight Festival.

Speaking to NME in a recent interview, festival organiser John Giddings (who is also live agent for acts including Madonna, U2 and Sting) discussed his long battle to book the ‘Rumours’ band and what it means to beat Glastonbury to the big name booking.

“Michael Eavis said, ‘How did you get Fleetwood Mac?’ I said, I paid them!” he joked. “Glastonbury are in a privileged position, whereby they sell out in advance. They could book my granny and still have a festival. The rest of us are still in the realms of having to book a decent line-up and make it attractive to people and want them to come.”

Fleetwood Mac are also due to headline gigs in London, Glasgow and Leeds later this summer.