Steve Aoki has cancelled his British festival shows this month because he requires surgery on his vocal chords.
The EDM star has blamed screaming at his concerts for damaging his voice and said that he requires invasive surgery on a large nodule on his vocal chord. Aoki was due to play at both We Are Fstvl in Upminster and Northern Lights in Newcastle on May 31, but will instead be recovering at his home in Los Angeles following the surgery.
In a video posted on Facebook, Aoki said: “For the past 20 years, all the screaming at my shows has severely messed up my vocal chords. I’ve prolonged this surgery for quite some time, and the doc said it’s now or never. If I don’t save my voice, I won’t have one soon.”
I’m deeply saddened to share some terrible news with you guys. For the past 20 years, all the screaming at my shows have severely messed up my vocal chords. As a result, I have to get surgery or else I cannot even speak anymore. I’ve prolonged this surgery for quite some time and the doc said its now or never. Because of this, I unfortunately have to cancel some of the shows listed below in Europe. I apologize to everyone who has been waiting to see me perform. I will make it up to all of you very soon! I promise. Thanks for understanding. Love you all! MAY 25 – Aoki’s Playhouse – Ibiza, SpainMAY 30 – Emporium Festival – Wijchen, NetherlandsMAY 31 – We Are Fstvl – Upminster, United KingdomMay 31 – Northern Lights – Newscastle, United KingdomJune 1 – Aoki’s Playhouse- Ibiza, Spain
Posted by Steve Aoki on Thursday, May 14, 2015
Aoki is also cancelling shows in Ibiza and the Netherlands, adding: “I don’t have a choice. It has to be done, and I’m really trying to cancel the least amount of shows as possible.”
Aoki recently released his third album ‘Neon Future II’. It features collaborations with Linkin Park, Rivers Cuomo, Snoop Dogg and film director JJ Abrams.