Guided By Voices have cancelled their European 2012 Festival shows ‘due to personal reasons’.
In a statement from their label Fire Records the band have announced that they will no longer be appearing at the Primavera and ATP/I’ll Be Your Mirror festivals. ATP have confirmed that Afghan Whigs will replace Guided By Voices for the I’ll Be Your Mirror date.
The statement says: “Unfortunately Guided By Voices are canceling their appearances at Primavera and ATP/I’ll Be Your Mirror, due to personal reasons. The band apologizes for any inconvenience and disappointment, and thanks Primavera, ATP and the fans for their longterm support.”
It adds that contrary to reports earlier today the band have not split up and plan to release, not one, but two albums next year. Frontman Robert Pollard will also prove he is the busiest man in indie rock by releasing a solo album early next year as well.
The statement adds: “Guided by Voices have not split up and continue to work on new material together. In addition to the album release of Let’s Go Eat the Factory for January, the band are at work on another album, Class Clown Spots A UFO, which will be released in in May. Robert Pollard will also be releasing a solo album, Mouseman Cloud in March.”
A statement from ATP says: “The band apologizes for any inconvenience and disappointment, and thanks the fans for their longterm support. Those of you who bought Sunday Day tickets for this event are invited to claim a refund if you no longer want to attend. Please contact your ticket agency before the end of January to do so. Once again we’re very sorry to be the bearers of this bad news and sorry to those of you who it has inconvenienced.”
This is just the latest setback for ATP, which without explanation postponed its Jeff Mangum Festival at Minehead, rearranging the date from this month to March 2012. ATP is still yet to give an explanation for the postponement, which left many festival goers that had booked flights out of pocket.
by Joe Lepper