Gallows cancel shows after Frank Carter splits head open

Band pull dates after onstage accident

Gallows have cancelled two previously scheduled dates of their current UK tour, after frontman Frank Carter split his head open and was hospitalised during an onstage incident at a gig in Stoke.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Carter sustained a head injury last Saturday (September 15) at Stoke’s Sugarmill venue, after tustling with a fan onstage.

Carter required stitches in his head, and suffered mild concussion, so was forced to cancel two dates – last night’s Dundee show at the Fat Sams venue, and tonight’s (September 19) Middlesbrough gig at the Town Hall Crypt venue.

In a statement, Carter explained: “While I was singing ‘Nervous Breakdown’, I managed to trip over some kid and plant my head firmly into a monitor. I was pretty fucked up and it took me a while to get to my feet.

“When I eventually did manage to stand up it was quite apparent from the faces in the front row that I wasn’t OK. I [had] managed to put a one-inch deep gash in the top of my head and had blood running from my hairline to my chin.

“I finished the song and then went out to check my head was OK. Our guitar tech and good friend Nidge had a look at it and decided I needed some stitches. I went to A&E in Stoke and had my head glued back together. By the time I had got back to venue the show was over and I was gutted.

“I want to say thank you to my youngest brother Richard Carter from Blackhole, who stood in and finished the set for us. Thanks fella. However, it didn’t end there!

“Unfortunately I have mild concussion and so have had to pull the next few shows to get my head back together and make sure I don’t take any more serious knocks. My most sincere apologies to anyone who was coming out to the shows. You have no idea how gutted I am we had to cancel the shows.

“Thanks for everyone’s understanding and patience. I really appreciate it.”

Following the cancellation announcement, the band will continue their tour at the following venues:

Leicester Charlotte (September 21)

Northampton Soundhaus (22)

Cambridge Junction (23)

Oxford Carling Academy (25)

London Electric Ballroom (26)

Dublin Voodoo Lounge (28)

Belfast Limelight (29)

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