Singer/songwriter Frank Turner has scrapped a number of European festival gigs due to a back injury.

The British star suffered a strain at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee in June (12) and the problem has since grown progressively worse.

He has now pulled out of appearing at music events in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany over the weekend (17-18Aug13) on doctor's orders.

In a message posted on his official website, he explains, "My doctor has sent me in for a spinal epidural shot tomorrow, which means there is no way I can play at Pukkelpop, Gampel or Highfield Festivals this weekend.

"Anyone who knows me even vaguely will know that, as well as being in a fair amount of pain, I’m filled with rage at my puny weakling back for letting me down, not to mention all the people at the shows. I can only humbly apologise."