Duncan James to miss Hits Radio Live after being ‘rushed’ to hospital

Blue band member Duncan James has said he will miss Hits Radio Live after he was “rushed” to hospital on Friday to have “a correction of a procedure”.

The pop group will perform at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool this evening without James, 46, who said he was “gutted” to also be missing the Foodies Festival in St Albans.

In a video to Instagram, the former Hollyoaks star said: “Quick update. Some of you may or may not know.

“I had to go into hospital yesterday, I was admitted to have a correction of a procedure that happened two weeks ago that went a little bit wrong.

“So I was rushed in and I had it all fixed, I was kept in overnight and I’m just waiting to find out if I can go home today. Fingers crossed.

“However, it does mean that I won’t be able to attend the Foodies Festival today or the Hits Radio Live in Liverpool, which I’m gutted about because I really wanted to do that, but the doctors have told me I need to rest up. I need to heal. I need to make sure that everything is good where it should be good.

“So I just want to say I’m sorry if I’ve let anyone down. I am on the mend. I am getting better and I will keep you all updated.”

Blue – London Palladium
Boy band Blue perform on stage for their Greatest Hits Tour, at the London Palladium in April (Ian West/PA)

He added that the rest of the group will “do a sterling job and smash it out the park today”.

The Hits Radio Live concert starts at 7pm and its line-up also features Becky Hill, Craig David, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Caity Baser.

Blue – James, Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe, and Antony Costa – were also Saturday headliners at the Foodies Festival earlier on in the afternoon. The event is travelling to cities including Bath, Edinburgh and Oxford this summer.

In April the pop group, who rose to fame in the noughties with hits including All Rise and One Love, performed at the London Palladium as part of their Greatest Hits tour.