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Singer Sam Smith's vocal chord surgery said to be 'successful'

Sam Smith Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith has undergone successful vocal cord surgery at a Boston hospital.

Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement, on the singer's 23rd birthday, that he is expected to make a full recovery.

The surgery to stop recurrent vocal cord bleeding was performed by Dr Steven Zeitels, who has performed the same procedure on Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie and Adele.

Smith's next live show is scheduled for July 18.

The Cambridgeshire singer was due to perform on the main stage at the Radio 1's 'Big weekend' this Sunday in Norwich, but had to pull out.

Festival of Plants

The Botanic Garden in Cambridge is hostimg its third annual Festival of Plants on Saturday 16th May.

Organisers say the festival has something for everyone, and brings together horticulture and cutting-edge science in a day designed to inspire the visiting public about all things plant - from propagation to pollination, from seed to shopping.

Some of the region's top plant scientists will be packing out the pop-up plant science marquee, bringing a wide range of displays and have-a-go activities all designed to illuminate how fundamental research into how plants work could help address some of today's most challenging concerns from how to feed a growing population of 7.5 million to finding ways that biodiversity and agriculture can co-exist.

There'll also be plenty of unusual plants on sale and visitors can ask the experts about their gardening concerns.


Norwich: Catfish and the Bottlemen to replace Sam Smith at Big Weekend

Catfish and the Bottlemen will now play on the main stage. Credit: PA

Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen will replace Sam Smith on the main stage at Radio One's Big Weekend in Norwich.

The indie rockers were already scheduled to play at the festival on the 'In New Music We Trust stage', but will now perform on the higher-profile stage.

Sam Smith has been ruled out of the event because of an operation on his vocal chords.

Lethal Bizzle has been added to the bill. Credit: PA

Catfish and the Bottlemen's place on the 'In New Music We Trust stage' will be taken by rapper Lethal Bizzle.

Aston Merrygold to play V Festival

Former JLS star Aston Merrygold is to perform at this year's V Festival.

Aston Merrygold Credit: PA Images

It will be the first time the Peterborough star has been on stage since going solo. He will join other acts including: Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith and Tom Jones.

The festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on 22 and 23 August.

Sam Smith 'very upset' to announce he will miss Radio 1 Big Weekend due to voice surgery

Cambridgeshire singer Sam Smith has taken to social media to tell fans he will undergo surgery and will therefore miss the Radio 1 Big Weekend.

The 22-year-old said he is 'very upset' and hopes to be back singing in the next 6-8 weeks.

He was due to perform in Norwich on May 24, but earlier today broke the news to fans on twitter and Instagram.

On social media he said:

I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven’t recovered and I am going to need surgery.

I’m so gutted to be missing all the shows and events I was meant to be playing at.

The doctors say I will be back in six to eight weeks and I cannot wait to sing for you all soon.

– Sam Smith (via Instagram)
Posted on @samsmithworld. Credit: Instagram

The singer recently cancelled his Australian tour due to a haemorrhage on his vocal cords but told fans he was doing his "absolute best" to sing again soon.


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