Frank Turner to still play Hatfield, Reading and Leeds despite cancelling European festival dates

PUBLISHED: 22:56 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 16 August 2013

Frank Turner will play The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield

Frank Turner will play The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield

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SINGER Frank Turner is determined to go-ahead with next Thursday’s special Reading and Leeds warm-up show in Hatfield, despite having to cancel a series of European festival appearances this week due to a back problem.

"Speaking of the future, people coming to Hatfield, Reading and Leeds need not worry – the shows will go ahead, we are working on a plan, and if I have to do them in a wheelchair I will."

Frank Turner

The acclaimed folk/punk troubadour is due to play a pre-Reading and Leeds Festival concert at the The Forum Hertfordshire with his band The Sleeping Souls on Thursday, August 22.

Turner is then scheduled to play the main stage at Reading and Leeds over the following two days.

However, he has had to scrap appearances at Pukkelpop, Gampel and Highfield Festivals, in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany respectively, this week due to an on-going back problem.

Ahead of his Hatfield gig, the singer took to Twitter to reassure fans about his health problems. This evening (Thursday), Turner tweeted: “Hey everyone. I’m not dead, don’t worry. Statement coming shortly.”

He later posted a health update on his official website www.frank-turner.com. The statement read: “To quote Black Flag, “I am not a machine”. 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, it’s 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.

“My doctor has sent me in for a spinal epidural shot tomorrow [Friday], which means there is no way I can play at Pukkelpop, Gampel or Highfield Festivals this weekend.”

Turner continued: “Anyone who knows me even vaguely will know that, as well as being in a fair amount of pain, I’m filled with rage at my puny weakling back for letting me down, not to mention all the people at the shows. I can only humbly apologise.

“Hopefully I can sort this issue now and going forward I’ll be fine to keep touring til I’m old and gray.

“Speaking of the future, people coming to Hatfield, Reading and Leeds need not worry – 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.”

Tickets for the Forum gig in Hatfield are selling out fast. They cost £20, plus booking fees.


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