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Foxygen cancel European tour after onstage SXSW meltdown

Band cite their 'creative health' as the reason

 

Foxygen cancel European tour after onstage SXSW meltdown

Photo: Foxygen

Foxygen's upcoming European tour - including five dates in the UK - has been cancelled due to the 'creative health' of the band.

The American indie rock duo were set to play a concert in Scotland and four in England, including a show at the Scala in London. However, they have now cancelled it, and the news comes very close to singer Sam France's onstage meltdown at SXSW.

In a statement, the band said, "We have some unfortunate news. We have to cancel our upcoming EU dates for May/June and upcoming EU summer festival dates. We'd like apologize to all our European fans and supporters. We know this causes frustration and headaches for ticket buyers and promoters alike.

"We assure you this is ultimately for the creative health of the band. We will back in EU soon and promise to make this up to all of you. Please understand. Thank you again, all of you. Your time, attention and support mean the world to us. Love, Foxygen."

According to Pitchfork, the band's set at SXSW was labelled as 'unhinged', after France verbally confronted a fan and told the audience that he was 'exhausted'.

France said to the crowd that he was running on fumes, adding "I am empty," and that his voice was shot. When some people in the audience told France to stop whining and that this is his job, he responded, "Come on stage and talk to me about it, you f**king coward. Come on, get on the f**king stage."

Watch part of Foxygen's onstage meltdown below:

He then performed 'In the Darkness' before saying goodbye and walking off stage, only to return later and offer an apology. France told the audience, "I'm sorry about what I said earlier to that guy. I wasn't even talking to him-- I was talking to myself."

Foxygen then finished their set as planned. The cancelled dates are as follows:

24th April – London Calling at Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland
25th April - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
29th April - Beaches Brew Festival, Ravenna, Italy
1st June - Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal
3rd June - Stereo, Glasgow, Scotland
4th June - The Cluny, Newcastle, England
5th June - Deaf Institute, Manchester, England
6th June - Scala, London, England
7th June - Green Door Store, Brighton, England
7th July - Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
6th August - Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
8th August - Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden

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