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Snow Patrol have been forced to cancel their performance at this year’s TRNSMT Festival – and the indie rockers will be replaced on the bill by chart-topping Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi on Sunday, 14 July.
“We are sorry to have to announce the cancelation of more shows,” said Snow Patrol in a statement.
“Our dear brother, piano and guitar player Johnny Mcdaid has a serious problem with his neck and after consulting with some top neurosurgeons they are all in agreement that the only course of action is immediate surgery.
“We are all of course worried about our brother Johnny. He is a force of nature and a giant light in our lives on stage and off and we of course will give him all the time and support he needs to recover. Johnny has been incredible in the wake of this news and has remained calm at a time when a lot of people might freak out.
“As for the upcoming shows: to replace Johnny it would take at least two people and with Nathan still out with nerve damage (he is slowly on the mend) so he is also still unable to play guitar we feel it’s just not appropriate to continue with shows at this stage. It isn’t just their guitars and pianos that would be missed. Their backing vocals are essential to our sound and their energy and spirits are colossal and are irreplaceable forces.
“Am sure you all understand that at this point the most important thing is to take time to let our brothers heal and recover so we need to cancel the forthcoming shows we are billed to play in Europe this summer up to Latitude on the 20th of July to give them both time to recover.”
TRNSMT Festival Director Geoff Ellis said: “We are very sorry to hear about Johnny and Nathan and we completely understand that this means they can no longer play at this year’s TRNSMT Festival. We send our best wishes to them both for a speedy recovery.
“Whilst this is sad news, we are able to confirm that Scotland’s hottest new global export, Lewis Capaldi, will join the line-up in place of Snow Patrol, and we look forward to seeing him bring his number one album to the Main Stage.
“He’s had an outstanding year and we can’t wait to welcome him back to TRNSMT for what I’m sure will be an incredible performance.”