Band take break after 22 months of whirlwind success...

Catatonia have cancelled all their remaining UK shows – the five arena shows slated to start in Glasgow on December 5 – claiming that they are overworked and haven’t had time to put a new show together.

In a statement issued today, they said:

“Dear All,

After much soul searching and thought we have unfortunately decided to cancel our forthcoming UK tour. We don’t want to use the usual excuses – production problems, visa problems, etc., etc.

The simple truth is that after 22 months of whirlwind success, we need a break and as a band haven’t been able to put together a new show we’d be proud of. By charging ahead with the tour we feel we wouldn’t be doing justice to ourselves or to our magnificent fans, who have supported us through thick and thin.

We know many people will be disappointed – for this we apologise, but feel in our hearts that this is the best course of action for all of us.

We will be back better and stronger next year.

Diolch am y cefnogaeth a phopeth arall efo cariad mawr (Thank you for everyone’s support and lots of love)

Aled, Cerys, Mark, Owen and Paul”

This will not, apparently, affect the band’s overseas dates – they play Japan in November – and means that their NetAid performance on Saturday night was their final UK show of the millennium.

Refunds are available from point of purchase.

The band’s new single ‘Karaoke Queen’ is released on November 1.