Velorama headliner Glass Animals cancels after drummer was in life-threatening bike accident — The Know

Ike Warner, 16 months, tries to remove his ear muffs as he dances with his mom, Lizzie Schoon, as The New Pornographers perform during Velorama Colorado on August 11, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. The first ever Velorama Colorado kicked off on Friday night with a performance by Wilco and the New Pornographers. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

The Friday headliner of Denver’s Velorama Festival, Glass Animals, announced on Thursday that the band’s drummer was seriously injured in a bike accident while on tour in Dublin.

Due to drummer Joe Seaward’s injuries, the band has canceled all of its shows for the remainder of the year — including the headline performance at Denver’s Velorama Festival in August.

According to a message posted Thursday morning by lead vocalist Dave Bailey on the band’s social media accounts, Seaward was riding his bike in Dublin on July 2 when he was hit by a truck. The accident left Seaward with a broken leg and complex skull fracture.

In the post, Bailey said that the skull fracture left Seaward’s brain bruised and that he initially struggled to speak. Now, after more than a week’s rest, Seaward is on the road to a full recovery and slowly regaining his ability to talk. Seaward also underwent a second surgery to mend his broken leg.

Glass Animals has been removed from Velorama’s online music lineup, and Lo Moon, Cults and local Colorado bands Slow Caves, Brent Coweles and Wildermiss have been added to the weekend festival.

Velorama is a four-day event that combines the Colorado Classic pro-bike race with a music festival in Denver’s River North neighborhood during the weekend of August 17.

Single-day general admission tickets are now on sale for $50 each, with a Sunday ticket deal for $10. There is also a $100 the-day festival pass available for general admission and VIP tickets priced at $250 per day or $600 for the weekend.

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