Balitmore pop-quartet Animal Collective have been forced to scrap their UK & EU tour dates due to economic struggles, the band have announced.
They were due to take their recent LP, ‘Time Skiffs’, on the road, with a tour beginning on November 2nd and including shows in Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and London.
The sad cancellation news came via a social media statement that was shared on Monday, October 10th.
“Friends, we are absolutely gutted to announce today that we are making the decision to cancel our UK/EU dates for this November,” the band began. “We love playing music for you and truly wish we could be there. It has been a wild year for us trying to push through a mountain of touring obstacles related to COVID and the economy.” Three of us got bad cases of Covid. We were forced to cancel shows and lost large amounts of the income that sustains us and our families.”
Animal Collective elaborated that the inevitable decision was one they postponed for as long as possible: “We have always been the kind of people to persevere through the difficult times and get on stage unless our health prevented it. We are choosing not to take the risk to our mental and physical health with the economic reality of what that tour would have been. “
However, the four-piece remain grateful to their fanbase: “The one constant has been that we have had an incredible time playing music in front of our fans at every show. You are all amazing. We chose to push through because we love to do it. But preparing for this tour we were looking at an economic reality that simply does not work and is not sustainable.”
Animal Collective have noted that refunds are available from the point of purchase.
You can read the full statement below: