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The Avalanches postpone shows over health concerns

The Australian group have had to pull a number of festival appearances as a result

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The Avalanches have been forced to postpone their overseas festival shows due to a health concern.

The Australian electronic group, who have just returned after a 16-year absence with second album 'Wilfdlower', have had to alter their touring plans after member Tony Di Blasi was advised against travelling abroad due "to a medical condition requiring treatment in Australia."

Posting on their official Facebook page, the statement reveals that the group will still make their scheduled appearance at this weekend's Splendour in the Grass festival in New South Wales, but that future gigs overseas have had to be postponed.

Read the full statement below.



The band haven't yet specificed which festival dates they've had to postpone, although they were set to play La Route Du Rock festival in St Malo, France in August.

This isn't the first bout of ill health to strike the band: earlier this month, Robbie Chater revealed that, during the band's lengthy period of inactivity, he'd been diagnosed with an automimmune disease. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Chater confirmed that being diagnosed with the condition in the mid-2000s left him unable to produce new music for a number of years.

Chater said, “There were three years in the mid-2000s when I was really unwell. I was diagnosed with a couple of separate autoimmune diseases, so I was out of action.”

The Avalanches man also revealed that perfectionism and sample clearance had a lot to do with the 16-year wait, adding, “As far as samples, they started clearing stuff years ago, but then there would be some hold-up and they’d have to go back and renegotiate.

“People would give permission for us to use the sample, and then a certain amount of time would elapse and they would Google who the band is and be like, ‘Oh shit, I can ask for more money.’ That sort of thing took forever.”

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