Mumford & Sons have been forced to cancel performances at Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from brain surgery. On Tuesday, the band canceled three shows when Dwane was rushed to the hospital to be treated for a blood clot on the surface of his brain. Though he has been released from the hospital, Mumford & Sons have decided to cancel the rest of their Summer Stampede Tour based off medical advice.
Read the band’s full statement below from the Mumford & Sons website:
It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to a full recovery. The surgery went well, and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress. He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.
Today, however, also marks the end of our Summer Stampede Tour. We were hoping to have made it out by Bonnaroo this weekend. But it is with sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of our scheduled performances at both Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals, and our show at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS. If we could’ve we would’ve, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.
On behalf of Ted and all of us really, we would like to thank every one for their compassion and support at this time and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can.
Ted, Ben, Marcus and Win
Telluride Bluegrass organizers are already in the process of finding an act to replace Mumford & Sons in their Thursday headlining spot.
“We’re working hard to do our best to replace them on the lineup — certainly there’s no one quite like them,” said Planet Bluegrass’ Brian Eyster. He added they are reaching out to friends of the festival, but was not yet sure how soon they would find a replacement.
“It really just depends on how quickly these artists can make plans.”