Northlane’s Bridge in emergency op

Northlane have cut their European tour short after frontman Marcus Bridge underwent emergency surgery yesterday.

They haven’t revealed details of his condition, but report that he’s expected to make a full recovery.

The Australian outfit played an instrumental set in Dessau, Germany, for fans who were unable to change travel plans in time. But they won’t appear as planned at Graspop in Belgium today or at the Southside Festival in Germany tomorrow.

Northlane said last night: “Marcus had been feeling increasingly ill over the last few days, causing us to seek medical assistance. It was revealed he had an issue that needed to be operated on immediately due to a high risk of the problem getting worse.

“While we can’t go into specifics, we can tell you that he will be absolutely fine. We will be skipping the festivals and waiting for Marcus to heal before heading back home to Australia together.”

They later added: “We are delighted to tell you that his surgery went very well and he’s going to be just fine. Although quite serious, It had nothing to do with his voice. He will be back in action on the North American tour and we can’t wait to see you there.”

The band release fourth album Node on July 24, with their US tour starting on August 1. They return to Europe and the UK in October.

Northlane tour dates

Aug 01: Mexico City El Plaza Condesa, Mexico

Aug 05: Vancouver Tom Lee Music Hall, Canada

Aug 07: Calgary Republik, Canada

Aug 08: Edmonton The Starlite, Canada

Aug 09: Regina The Exchange, Canada

Aug 11: Winnipeg West End Cultural Centre, Canada

Aug 12: Minneapolis Mill City Nights, MN, US

Aug 13: Chicago Double Door, IL, US

Aug 14: Detroir Shelter, MI, US

Aug 15: Columbus Park Street Saloon, OH, US

Aug 17: Erie BT Theater, PA, US

Aug 18: Philadelphia Voltage Lounge, PA, US

Aug 20: New York Gramercy Theatre, NY, US

Aug 21: Boston Brighton Music Hall, MA, US

Aug 22: Montreal La Tulipe, Canada

Aug 23: Quebec City Salle Multi, Canada

Aug 24: Ottawa Ritual, Canada

Aug 25: Hamilton Club Absinthe, Canada

Aug 26: St Catherines L3 Nightclub, Canada

Aug 27: Toronto Mod Club, Canada

Aug 28: London Music Hall, Canada

Oct 01: Leipzing Conne Island, Germany

Oct 02: Karlsruhe Substage, Germany

Oct 03: Antwerp Trix, Belgium

Oct 04: Bristol Fleece, UK

Oct 05: Glasgow Classic Grand, UK

Oct 06: Birmingham Asylum, UK

Oct 07: Manchester Club Academy, UK

Oct 08: London O2 Academy Islington, UK

Oct 09: Southampton Talking Heads, UK

Oct 10: Paris backstage, France

Oct 11: Toulouse Saint Des Seins, France

Oct 12: Madrid Sala Caracol

Oct 13: Barcelona Razzmatazz, Spain

Oct 14: Lyon MJC O Totem, France

Oct 15: Aarau Kiff, Switzerland

Oct 16: Milan Honky Tonky, Italy

Oct 17: Munich Backstage, Germany

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