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Animal Collective cancels European tour over rising costs

Animal Collective

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American rock band Animal Collective has cancelled its forthcoming European concerts due to the rising costs of touring.

The band, which has released 11 studio albums since its 2000 debut, was scheduled to play dates in several European countries including the UK, Germany, France, Austria and Ireland.

However, the group took to social media to explain that economic pressures had made the trip across the Atlantic from their home city of Baltimore unviable.

“Friends, we are absolutely gutted to announce today that we are making the decision to cancel our UK/EU dates for this November. We love playing music for you and truly wish we could be there,” the band said.

“Preparing for this tour we were looking at an economic reality that simply does not work and is not sustainable. From inflation to currency devaluation, to bloated shipping and transportation costs, and much, much more, we simply could not make a budget for this tour that did not lose money even if everything went as well as it could.”

Animal Collective’s tour of North America earlier this year was disrupted by band members catching Covid-19.

The European tour was due to begin in Limerick on November 2 and close in Cologne on November 27. Fans were told to go to their point of purchase to claim ticket refunds.