Leigh-born band The Lottery Winners have shared their 'heartbreak' after having to postpone their upcoming gigs. The band posted an update on social media this morning explaining they had received some 'tragic' news and would "not be able to continue" with the tour schedule.

The group, which formed in 2008 have sold out shows at home and across the Atlantic, and in May their latest album went to number one on the official UK charts. However, this morning they have had to postpone their next three shows and said they would post an update about their upcoming Manchester date in due course.

In a note shared to X, formerly known as Twitter, the band wrote: "It is with absolute heartbreak that we will be postponing the upcoming shows of our tour. During the early hours of this morning, we received some tragic news and we will not be able to continue at this time.

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"Tonight in London, tomorrow in Leeds and Saturday in Sheffield will now be rescheduled for a date in the future and all tickets will remain valid. We will post an update regarding Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester as soon as we can.

"We're truly sorry for any inconvenience caused and we appreciate your understanding and sympathy in this difficult time. Thom, Kate, Rob and Joe. x."

Fans, fellow musicians and music venues were quick to flood the comments with sympathy and support. Manchester-based gig venue Gorilla wrote: "Sending you all loadsa love."

Another comment read: "Genuinely gutted for you and I hope you get through this obviously horrible time as best you can. We'll all Get Up And Start Again in London sometime next year, when I'm sure it will be joyous."

A third wrote: "Sorry to hear that guys, I was looking forward to seeing you next week in Glasgow - hopefully see you soon."

While another fan who managed to catch them at their gig last night wrote: "Sorry to hear this guys. Last night in Cambridge the room was so full of love and positivity. Take care and look after each other."

Leigh band The Lottery Winners have secured their first number one album
Leigh band The Lottery Winners secured their first number one album in May 2023

Composed of vocalist and guitarist Thom Rylance, guitarist and vocalist Robert Lally, bassist and vocalist Katie Lloyd and drummer Joe Singleton, the Leigh-based band are due to play Manchester's Apollo next Friday, but that is now up in the air.

The band’s latest album Anxiety Replacement Therapy, which features collaborations with Shaun Ryder and Boy George, reached number one in the official UK charts back in May, with the band describing it as the ‘single greatest achievement of our lives’. It was their first to reach the UK top ten and is also the fourth biggest selling first week album of the year at the time

This past summer they performed at Live at Leeds In The Park on May 27 and Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington on May 28. Next year, they are also due to support Rick Astley for the continuation of his UK tour with a stop off at Manchester's AO Arena.