NORTH-EAST guitarist Gem Archer has left hospital after being treated for "severe head trauma".

The Beady Eye member, born in Hunwick, near Bishop Auckland, was in hospital for several days, but has now been discharged and is recovering at home.

Beady Eye, fronted by Liam Gallagher, have pulled out of their performance at V Festival this month to allow Archer to recover.

The band - formed from the ashes of Oasis minus Liam's brother Noel - have already cancelled shows in Belgium and Japan following the accident on Thursday. No details about the incident have been released.

They were due to play the 4Music Stage at the twin-site festival next weekend, on August 17 and 18.

By coincidence, the group had to pull out of the Chelmsford leg of V in 2009 as part of Oasis when Liam became ill. It meant their Staffordshire V show the night before was their last ever performance.

A statement posted by the band on their website said: "Beady Eye regret to announce that they are cancelling their performance at V Festival and their remaining scheduled shows and promotional commitments in August due to guitarist Gem Archer suffering severe head trauma after an accident on August 1st.

"The band apologise to fans but under the circumstances feel they cannot perform without Gem and want to focus on supporting him throughout his recovery.

"Gem was released from hospital yesterday evening and is recovering at home, though remains under observation."

Beady Eye's bass player Andy Bell posted a message online earlier this week wishing Archer "a speedy recovery".