Sweedish indie rockers First Aid Kit have had to cancel all their summer tour dates due to unforeseen medical circumstances. The duo had been due to play gigs across Europe & The US including All Points East in London on the 2nd of June and SWG3 in Glasgow on the 31st of May.
We’re devastated to have to cancel the planned summer dates this year. We were super excited to play, but because of unforeseen medical circumstances we simply cannot do the shows. All will be okay and we look forward to seeing you soon again.
Lots of love and magic,
K & J pic.twitter.com/HUyTb7gZ77
— First Aid Kit (@FirstAidKitBand) 18 May 2019
Writing on Twitter they said “We’re devastated to have to cancel the planned summer dates this year. We were super excited to play, but because of unforeseen medical circumstances we simply cannot do the shows. All will be okay and we look forward to seeing you soon again. Lots of love and magic, K & J” Fans are understandably devastated at the news.
first aid kit cancelled the gig i’m going to and i just cried in finns living room i am heart broken
— cat (@citcatkerr) 18 May 2019
— DIY (@diymagazine) 20 May 2019
The band were due to play their 2018 album “Ruins” on their summer tour. The NME described the album as “There’s something endearing about First Aid Kit’s dedication to their sound. ‘Distant Star’ is a classic country ballad imbued with both bounce and the blues, while the album’s title track pays more tribute to Fleet Foxes with its almost medieval melody, and ‘Hem Of Her Dress’ provides a Leonard-Cohen-meets-mariachi coda”.
The band are famous for their outspoken and critical views of the patriarchal nature of the music industry, as well as their anthemic indie music. Speaking to The NME at the red carpet of the 2019 Brits festival the band said “We live in a patriarchy. It’s so engrained, There’s a long way to go. Also, not just the actual artists that play but behind the stages as well – there are hardly any women anywhere. In our industry, we don’t really see women a lot unless we employ them; which we try to do as much as possible. I just wish it was more diverse on stage and behind the stage as well”
Despite the absence of First Aid Kit at All Points East the festival still displays an incredible line up consisting of The Chemical Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Hot Chip, Primal Scream and Peggy Gou. Whilst SWG3 has a range of shows from artists including Orbital, Skream & Under One Roof.