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Slipknot pull out of UK festival
Slipknot have cancelled their Reading Leeds slots

Slipknot have been forced to pull their Reading and Leeds Festival slots after drummer Joey Jordison broke his ankle.

The metal band have also cancelled their remaining European tour dates following his injury.

The news comes just two days before Slipknot were due to make their first appearance at the three day festival in six years.

Their new album, All Hope Is Gone, the band's first in four years, is due out on 25 August.

A statement issued by the band said: "It is with huge regret and disappointment that we have been forced to cancel our imminent European festival appearances at Leeds, Reading, 2 Days a Week, Area 4, as well as exclusive performances for MTV Europe and Virgin TV.

"The other night, Joey Jordison broke his ankle and doctors have advised Joey to stay off his leg for 4-6 weeks to prevent further injury or permanent and more serious damage."

"We know you will be hugely disappointed and so are we. Cancelling shows is never an easy decision and we apologize to all our fans, friends and family for not being there to throw down with you.

"We will be back in Europe this November and can't wait to see you all then."

The Reading and Leeds Festivals take place over the weekend of 22-24 August.

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