James Arthur is in hospital after being forced to cancel his concert in Leeds tonight after ‘losing his voice’.
The Say You Won’t Let Go singer was scheduled to perform at the city’s First Direct Arena on Wednesday (11 March) but announced he was no longer able to perform just a few hours before doors were set to open.
In a statement released on Twitter, James explained: ‘I was losing my voice last night in Glasgow and want to be able to deliver my best performance at all shows, and so regretfully I need to reschedule tonight’s show in Leeds to Monday 16th March.
‘I’m so sorry and I hope you can all still come along! Tickets for tonight’s show will be valid.’
He also shared a short clip of himself wearing a breathing mask on his hospital bed.
In the Instagram post, he further explained: ‘With the way I sing and perform being so high intensity and the fact I’m prone to respiratory stuff means these things happen occasionally but it only lasts a couple days before I get it back.
‘Newcastle, Manchester and the rescheduled Leeds show will 100000% go ahead so do not worry about that!
‘I just need 48hrs voice rest. I’m sorry I could’ve come out and mimed for 1hr45 but I have integrity and it would be a waste of your money! Love and respect.’
James, 32, had performed at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday night when he began to experience difficulties with his voice.
While many fans were supportive and passed on their well wishes to the pop star, others were disappointed and demanded to know if they would be able to get a refund.
Leeds’ First Direct Arena confirmed the rescheduled date – 16 March – on their website and stated that ‘refunds from point of purchase for those who cannot make it’ are available.
James’ current tour has been mired in troubles recently.
In January, the Rewrite The Stars singer postponed the remainder of his European tour dates after having to undergo surgery following a mystery illness.
His team announced: ‘As a result of James’ recent illness, the remainder of James’ European tour dates gave been postponed, along with Carlisle on 25th Feb.
‘James had to have surgery last night but is now recovering well. He sends his sincere apologies to everyone and a huge thanks to all fans for their kind messages.
‘James hopes he will be on the mend very soon and able to reschedule these shows.’
The Impossible hitmaker previously had cancelled shows in Barcelona and Zurich, telling fans: ‘I’ve become really unwell and doctors have advised I need to rest. I’m really sorry guys’.
The singer was ‘gutted’ not to have been able to perform for his fans, but the Jarmy have rallied around him, sending good wishes for a fast recovery.
James had shared a photo of him in a hospital gown on his Instagram story, as he kept fans updated, but it’s not clear whether the surgery was in the UK or abroad.
The tour is in support of James’ third album, You, which reached number two in the UK and features the single Falling Like The Stars.
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