Indie rock band Mystery Jets have postponed the release of new album A Billion Heartbeats and all forthcoming UK tour dates – including a visit to Edinburgh in November.
It comes after the band’s lead singer, Blaine Harrison, was hospitalised over the weekend for an emergency operation after being struck down by an infection.
In a post on the band’s official Twitter page, Harrison wrote: “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 become something of a home for me over the years.
“Early on Saturday morning (September 14), I awoke with a swelling in my thigh and a temperature in the high thirties. 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.”
The singer went on to add that he had similar problems over the summer but continued with their shows and was planning to go for surgery later in the year until the incident at the weekend.
He said: “We have decided to reluctantly postpone the release of ‘A Billion Heartbeats’ to the beginning of next year including instore shows and the UK tour. We believe in these songs too much to not give them our all, and love our fans too much to not bring the show you deserve.”
A Billion Heartbeats was due to be released on September 27.
Mystery jets were booked to play at The Caves in Edinburgh on Monday 11 November as part of a wider UK tour.