Neil Primrose is hurt in a swimming accident...

TRAVIS have cancelled European dates following a serious injury to drummer NEIL PRIMROSE.

The band have just concluded a series of European festival appearances and had completed a performance at the Belfort festival in France (July 7).

A statement issued today reads: “Whilst relaxing in the pool, Travis drummer Neil Primrose struck his head and was knocked unconscious. After realising his predicament, other band and crew members dragged Neil from the pool and gave him assistance. He was taken by ambulance to the local hospital in Belfort to receive treatment and to undergo tests. Early indications suggest that Neil has sustained a fracture on one of his vertebrae and is still in hospital in France undergoing further tests.”

As a result, the band have cancelled their forthcoming live shows in Lucca, Italy (July 15), Rome (16), Les Vieilles Charrues Festival, France (19) and Dublin Marlay Park (21).

Full refunds will be made available for tickets purchased for these shows except Carhaix which is a 3 day festival.

The statement concludes: “We wish to apologise to all our fans for any inconvenience caused but hope you will join us in wishing Neil a full and speedy recovery.”

More details on the full extent of his injuries, and the possibility of the band playing at V2002, will become clear in the coming days.