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George Ezra delays intimate comeback shows after contracting chicken pox

The singer will now perform shows in Manchester, London and Edinburgh in April

By Nick Reilly

George Ezra poses standing in front of chopped logs in a forest
George Ezra, 2022. (Photo: Alex Eden-Smith)

George Ezra has told fans he is “gutted” after a bout of a chicken pox forced him to cancel a string of upcoming intimate comeback dates.

The singer was set to perform his first live dates of 2022 at the London Palladium, Manchester Opera House and Edinburgh King’s Theatre, but the dates will now take place in April.

The gigs would have marked his first return to touring since 2019 due to the pandemic.

In a video shared to Twitter, the singer revealed that the rash that spread across his body – with visible marks on his face.

“As you can see, I have got chicken pox, which I never had as a kid – and it is miserable,” the singer and guitarist said in his video.

“It is all the fatigue and fever of the virus but you also want to scratch your skin all the time.

“What this means is that I can’t perform at the upcoming shows in Manchester, Edinburgh and London, which I am absolutely gutted about.

“Recording this video is the last thing I want to be doing.

“Even on a selfish level, I’ve not performed since 2019 and I was so much looking forward to getting back up there and swinging my hips – but it’s just not going to happen.”

Chickenpox is usually considered to be common in childhood but the illness can be more severe in adults.

Ezra will also play a huge date at London’s Finsbury Park on July 17, supported by the likes of Blossoms and Holly Humberstone.