Frank Turner announces surprise Green Day Brixton support and Biffy Clyro cover

Turner will open up for the US punk pop band tonight (August 21) in London

Frank Turner is set to support Green Day at their Reading and Leeds Festival warm-up gig tonight (August 21) at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

Turner took to his Twitter account to break the news to fans earlier today.

He wrote:

The show will be Turner’s first since he cancelled a handful of European festival dates due to a back injury. “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, its 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.”

Despite this, Turner insisted that his current back trouble will not prevent him from playing this weekend’s Reading and Leeds festivals. “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.”

Meanwhile, Turner will be covering Biffy Clyro‘s ‘Who’s Got A Match’ on his forthcoming ‘Losing Days’ EP. The release will also include the songs ‘Hits & Mrs’ and ‘Longing For The Day’.