Clean Bandit drummer contracts chickenpox, postpones gig in Singapore

If you were planning to pick up last-minute tickets to catch Clean Bandit in their one-night only show today (Jan 22)—don’t bother. The Grammy Award-winning, English electronic music band has cancelled their concert in Singapore, due to a nasty case of chickenpox.

In a press statement (and a Facebook post) released last night (Jan 21), the band, who was due to perform at 8pm on Jan 22 at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre, said that drummer Luke Patterson had been diagnosed with chickenpox. The disease is highly contagious, and the concert has since been postponed till further notice.

Details on the rescheduled concert date and venue are still being worked out—as are refund matters for those who’d already purchased tickets. The organizers, Aureus Productions, have asked that current ticket-holders check their website for updates.

Ian Watts of Machine Management, which also manages artists like Mika and Years & Years, said there are plans for Clean Bandit to come back to Singapore “as soon as possible”. “At this stage, we are not sure who else in the party has been infected with the virus and, hence, we could not risk performing,” he added.

We have many questions: How many chickenpox spots did it take for them to realize he was ill (fever shows up as a symptom one to two days before the rash)? How many does he have now? Why didn’t Patterson’s parents forcefully expose him to the itchy infection as a child?

The 26-year-old drummer is currently receiving medical treatment, so fans can rest easy. Still, it seems almost hilarious that we’re missing out on the “I Miss You Tour 2018”.