MEDUZA’s Mattia Vitale opened up about health issues that nearly prevented him from finishing his Tomorrowland set.
It’s common enough for career musicians to open up about the rigors of tour life. Few of them know the struggle of performing at one of the world’s biggest festivals soon after an internal injury, however.
Mattia Vitale of MEDUZA is among that infinitesimally small pool of artists. During the Italian dance music trio’s Friday set on the first weekend of the 2023 edition of Tomorrowland in Belgium, the after effects of a recent surgery nearly forced him to call it quits 30 minutes before the end.
“Yesterday was tough,” Vitale tweeted on Sunday. “Was playing Tomorrowland with stitches to my spleen and I almost stopped the set 30 min before the end, but I decided it was too important to stop for the people there in the crowd and for the people watching from home. I completely collapsed backstage, but I’m feeling good now, heading to Germany to play another show.”
Yesterday was tough, was playing Tomorrowland with stitches to my spleen and i almost stopped the set 30 min before the end, but i decided it was too important to stop for the ppl there in the crowd, and for the ppl watching from home, completely collapsed backstage, but I’m… pic.twitter.com/TfFvwgkEue
— Meduza (@meduzamusic) July 22, 2023
He continued: “This is a picture of when I collapsed at the end of the set backstage. Fun story, but this is tour life, it’s not only good news and five-star hotels or jets. It’s a stressful job and you spend most of the time far from the family, but when you have a great team around and fans like you guys everything it’s easier and this makes me happy for what I have.”
Accompanying Vitale as members of MEDUZA are Luca De Gregorio and Simone Giani. Despite all living in Milan, the three met in a London studio in 2018 while working on various projects as producers, writers and engineers. They debuted in 2019 with “Piece of Your Heart,” which catapulted them into the worldwide orbit and earned them a GRAMMY nomination in the category of “Best Dance Recording.” Toward the end of the pandemic, they released another hit in the form of “Paradise” featuring Dermot Kennedy.
Up to now, Mattia Vitale has not publicly discussed suffering from any health issues. As recently as June, the group participated in an interview with DJ Mag, and he made no mention of any recent afflictions.
Following a tour stop at Hï Ibiza on July 28, MEDUZA returns to Boom, Belgium for the second week of Tomorrowland on the same day.