Beady Eye released a statement yesterday confirming that they would not be performing at their scheduled V Festival date on August 17. The band announced last weekend that guitarist Gem Archer had suffered severe head trauma in an accident on August 1. He was immediately taken to hospital where he remained under observation for nearly a week. The band’s statement confirmed that he was released from hospital on August 7 but remains under observation.
New information reveals the nature of Archer’s injury. According to The Sun, the guitarist took a tumble after falling down a staircase in his home. The freak accident resulted in a fractured skull. A source told the paper, ‘The injury he suffered is very serious and his family were really worried. He’s had several scans in hospital to ensure there’s no long-term damage.’
A statement on the band’s website says, ‘The band apologise to fans but under the circumstances feel they can not perform without Gem and want to focus on supporting him throughout his recovery.’ Earlier in the week, bandmate Andy Bell offered his support to Archer via Twitter. ‘Wanna wish my brother @gemarcherbe a speedy recovery X,’ read his August 3 tweet.
The V Festival is the latest in a series of cancellations. Earlier this week Beady Eye were slated to appear at Belgium’s Lokerse Festival, and then they were to head to Japan for the Summer Sonic in Tokyo on Saturday, August 10. In light of the severity of Archer’s injury, Beady Eye have cancelled all live and promotional engagements for August. According to the band’s website, they have a scheduled UK tour in November. The autumn tour kicks off in Dublin, Ireland on November 7 and concludes at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on November 21.
Liam Gallagher was eager to return to V Festival this year. He described his relationship with the festival as having ‘unfinished business.’ In an interview earlier this year, he told the NME: ‘I like V Festival, it’s good man. I’ve got unfinished business there this time so I wanted to do that. I want to get back there and smash its head to fucking pieces man, let people know we’re the bollocks.’ Oasis famously pulled out of the second leg of V Festival in 2009 when Gallagher caught viral laryngitis. The band broke up one week later. Their V Festival 2009 performance in Staffordshire was their final live appearance.