CHRIS Rea’s scheduled concert in Bournemouth tomorrow will not be going ahead following the singer’s collapse on Saturday evening.

The BIC has released a statement from the event promoter that says: "Unfortunately, Chris Rea is unable to perform at The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) on Tuesday 12th December due to illness. All ticket holders should obtain refunds at point of purchase."

The Driving Home For Christmas singer had been performing at the New Theatre in Oxford when he fell to the stage mid-song, with one audience member describing him “falling into a clump”.

He cancelled his concert in Brighton on Sunday.

Shortly after the incident on Saturday night, Rea was thought to be in a “stable” condition.

Darren Fewins, who had been watching the show with his wife, said the musician had been on stage for 40 to 45 minutes before he fell backwards.

“He was standing by the microphone and he had the guitar in his hand and he kept shaking his left hand as if there was something not quite right with it,” the 46-year-old said.

“He walked forward to the microphone and he was trying to grab the microphone with his left hand, and it was swinging from side-to-side.

“I thought at first there was something wrong with it and he was trying to keep it steady. He then took three or four steps backwards.Then he just collapsed on the stage backwards. There was no-one there to catch him, he just fell into a clump.”

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said on Saturday night: “We were called at 9.30pm to attend to an incident in George Street in Oxford.

“We had an ambulance crew on scene and one patient has now been taken to hospital.”

When asked about the condition of the person, she said they were “stable”.

The Middlesbrough-born musician was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had his pancreas removed in 2001, and in 2016 he suffered a stroke.

Rea told BBC Breakfast in August: “I had a stroke exactly this time last year, and I stopped smoking this time last year.”

He said he is still feeling the effects of the stroke, and added: “I’m fine when I’m sitting down, I’ve just got a little bit of balance - it’s a bit dodgy, just in case anyone thinks I’m drunk on-stage.”