Lawson cancel again due to illness


BOYBAND Lawson have been forced to pull the plug on a North West gig for the second time following frontman, Andy Brown’s illness.

The former Winstanley College student fell ill at the beginning of the month and was ordered by doctors to rest, meaning their concert at Burnley’s UCLan campus was postponed until June 7.

Now the band have revealed they will be unable to attend the rescheduled gig, apologising to ticket holders.

A spokesman said: “We’re pleased to let you know Andy is now back at home after his recent illness, however doctors are advising that further rest is going to be vital for him to make a full recovery.

“Sadly this means we are now unable to make the rescheduled date for the UCLAN concert in Burnley on June 7.

“It is the first time in the five years that Lawson have been together that they’ve had to cancel a show and the band are incredibly disappointed however with Andy’s medical history, advice from experts is never taken lightly.

“We’re really sorry for having to cancel but hope you understand – and hope it won’t be too long before Andy is fighting fit again.

“Huge thanks to everyone for their get well wishes. See you all soon.”

The 26-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just 19 and the name of the band Lawson, which also consists of Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts, was inspired by the Liverpool brain surgeon who saved his life, Mr David Lawson.

Meanwhile, in other music news, Newton-le-Willows singer Rick Astley is appearing at the two-day Reload Festival at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday and Sunday September 6 and 7.

He will be joined by other 80s acts including Kool and the Gang, The Human League, Soul II Soul, Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Five Star, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, ABC, Go West and Hot Chocolate.

For more information, or to book tickets, visit, or call 0871 224 1112/1113.