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Mystery Jets cancel Birmingham show and album release so vocalist can undergo emergency surgery

By Rebecca Stanley | Birmingham | Music | Published:

The Mystery Jets have been forced to postpone the release of their new album and their upcoming UK tour - including a date in Birmingham.

Mystery Jets vocalist Blaine Harrison

The London indie band have put their album and tour on hold so their lead singer Blaine Harrison can undergo emergency surgery.

They were due to perform at The Mill in Birmingham on November 6.

The tour in support of the British indie band’s seventh album, A Billion Heartbeats, will also be rescheduled for the start of 2020.

Harrison, who has Spina Bifida, was rushed to hospital on Saturday morning after suffering swelling in his thigh and a high temperature.

Doctors diagnosed an infection close to the bone which was at risk of spreading across the rest of his body, and scheduled him for an emergency operation.

In a statement Harrison, 34, said that when a similar incident occurred earlier this year he 'made a plan to charge on' with the Mystery Jets’ summer schedule, but underestimated the toll that would take on his body.

He said: “It is with a lump in my throat that I bring you the following news from my bed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, a place that has been something of a home from home to me over the years.

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“Early on Saturday morning I awoke with a swelling in my thigh and a temperature in the high 30s. Upon arrival at A&E I was put straight onto the emergency operation list to halt an infection close to my bone from spreading around my body.

“As some will know, I was struck down at the beginning of the summer under similar circumstances. Upon my release, I made a plan to charge on with our summer shows as well as in-stores around the album release and go in for follow-up surgery straight off the back of the November tour.

“In retrospect, perhaps I hadn’t taken into account how demanding the past couple of months would be on my body. This industry is not one that runs from 9-5, and as anyone trying to get their art out into the world will know, when it’s your baby, it is all-consuming and takes all that you’ve got.”

He concluded: “God bless the NHS.”

A tweet from The Mill stated that ticket holders should have been notified about the cancellation.

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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