Belfast Telegraph

Florence pulls out of festival gigs

Florence Welch has cancelled a pair of festival gigs to avoid permanently damaging her voice, as she heads for her first number one single.

The chart singer - who records as Florence + The Machine - said she had suffered a "vocal injury" and has lost her voice after she felt something "snap".

She apologised to fans for the cancellation of the shows in Spain and Portugal.

The redheaded star said: "I've sustained a vocal injury and been told I cannot sing for a week - seriously I felt something snap, it was very frightening.

"Unfortunately this means I will not be able to perform at Benicassim and Optimus Alive festival this weekend.

"I'm so sorry to all the fans, I was desperate to still perform, but was told without question not to, so as not to do permanent damage."

Her vocal problem comes less than a year after fellow chart star Adele was forced to cancel a number of shows and then had to undergo surgery after a vocal cord haemorrhage.

Florence is in line to top the singles chart with Spectrum (Call My Name) on Sunday according to midweek figures from the Official Charts Company.


From Belfast Telegraph