Manic Street Preachers postpone London concerts

James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore from Manic Street Preachers
James Dean Bradfield (left) has acute laryngitis and has to rest his voice

Manic Street Preachers have postponed two concerts at London's Brixton Academy because frontman James Dean Bradfield has laryngitis.

The dates on Thursday (28 October) and Friday (29) have been rescheduled for 21 January and 22 January next year.

The band was also forced to cancel its gig in Birmingham on Tuesday night.

In a statement, James Dean Bradfield said: "I would like to apologise to the fans. Nothing makes us feel worse than having to postpone a show."

The show at the 02 Academy in Birmingham has been rescheduled for Tuesday 14 December.

All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates but refunds are available if necessary.

James Dean Bradfield said he started feeling bad earlier in the week.

The singer and guitarist has been told by doctors that he has acute laryngitis and needs to rest his voice.

The statement continued: "We were particularly looking forward to playing two nights at Brixton as we have such special memories of previous gigs at this venue.

"To say we are gutted about this situation is putting it mildly."

Manic Street Preachers released their 10th studio album, Postcards from a Young Man, last month and have been touring the UK in support of the record.

They're due to play the final two gigs of their tour at Leicester's De Montford Hall on Sunday (31 October) and the Corn Exchange in Cambridge on Monday (1 November).