Sam Smith to undergo vocal cord surgery, cancels more shows

Singer sees specialists in the US

Sam Smith suffered a small vocal cord haemorrhage just over a week ago, forcing the on-tour singer to cancel shows in Australia, Japan and the Philippines. Having recently revealed that he was to travel to the US to see a specialist, Smith now says he will undergo surgery to address the issue.

“I am very upset to announce that I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven’t recovered and I am going to need surgery,” he wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.

The doctors say Smith will be able to return in six to eight weeks, meaning all shows scheduled for the near future are likely off. His website has officially cancelled June gigs in Paris and Monaco, while Denmark’s Northside Festival and Belgium’s Rock Werchter Festival have confirmed he has pulled out of both events. Appearances at the Hangout Music Festival and Rock In Rio are expected to follow suit.

Before he was struck down with the condition, Rihanna spoke about wanting to work with Smith, saying: “He is so talented. It would be amazing to work with him. No matter how busy we are, when two artists want to work together they make it happen. He is such a beautiful songwriter, but more important than that, he is an absolutely beautiful person, and that comes across in his songs.”