September 2, 2013 8:49

Passion Pit forced to play emergency DJ set after their instruments are destroyed in Chicago storm

Band apologise after their instruments are "completely annihilated" by the weather

Passion Pit forced to play emergency DJ set after their instruments are destroyed in Chicago storm

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Passion Pit were forced to put on an impromptu DJ set over the weekend after the gear was destroyed in a storm

The band were due to headline the North Coast festival in Chicago on Friday (August 30) but were left with no choice but to DJ for the audience after their instruments were "completely annihilated" during a weather storm in the city. The band issued a statement via their official website, apologising for the lack of a full performance at the festival and explaining what happened prior to the event, which saw organisers temporarily evacuate music fans during the worst points of the storm.

"Our gear was completely annihilated by weather," reads the statement. "70mph winds blew tarps and covers off of our equipment, allowing enormous amounts of rain to destroy a large portion of what we now know, as of today, to be approximately 75% of our gear. As a touring band that is proud to actually perform electro-pop as opposed to just pressing play, using many keyboards, both analog and digital, this is a nightmare we’ve had for quite some time. It’s almost incredible that it hasn’t happened already. Well, it happened, and now we’re doing our best to recover."

Passion Pit subsequently performed similar DJ sets in Edmonton and Calgary on Saturday (August 31) and Sunday (September 1) respectively. However, the band plan to return to a full-band set up for a live performance on David Letterman's US chat show this week (September 4).

Speaking to NME in August before this year's Reading And Leeds Festivals, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos suggested he was intimidated by British audiences.

In an interview with NME Radio this week, however, he cleared up the comment, saying what he really meant was that British crowds were just more used to seeing good bands perform than fans elsewhere in the world, and were therefore harder to impress. He said: "You Brits are the cool kids who know what's up and coming, that's what I meant. I wasn't saying we're actually scared of English crowds, just that it can be intimidating," he said. "Particularly in London."

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