Catfish And The Bottlemen cancel tour of Australia and Japan

Illness curtails band's upcoming live dates

Catfish and the Bottlemen have pulled out of their Australian and Japanese tour just days before they were due to head east, citing illness amongst the band and the crew.

The Welsh act announced their withdrawal from the tour and apologised to fans via their Facebook page this morning (July 22), posting the following update:

“It is with huge regret that, due to illness in the band and crew, Catfish and the Bottlemen will not be playing their planned shows this week in Australia and Japan; including Splendour in the Grass and Fuji Rocks festivals.”

“The band are obviously absolutely devastated not to be making the trip and hope fans will understand.”

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The short tour had been due to feature four shows in just three days, from July 22 to July 24, including two festival shows and stand-alone gigs in Melbourne and Sydney. The first show, in Melbourne, had been due to take place tonight.

Australian festival Splendour In The Grass were expecting Catfish And The Bottlemen on Friday afternoon, but the festival have moved swiftly to replace the Welsh act with Brisbane dance-punk actDZ Deathrays“>DZ Deathrays.

While the nature of the illness that’s hit the Catfish And The Bottlemen crew remains a mystery, a band spokesman has confirmed to NME that no further dates will be impacted, suggesting that they’ll be back in action for Canadian and American tour dates planned for the end of this month.

Reading and Leeds Festival organisers have also moved to confirmed that the band are still scheduled to play the August bank holiday festival.