'It is a disorder that always lurks in the shadows'
Fever Ray has cancelled her upcoming tour dates to “restore her health” amid a battle with anxiety and panic attacks.
Former The Knife vocalist Karin Dreijer, who released one of the best albums of 2017 with ‘Plunge’, was due to play a headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton in November as well as calling at Manchester International Festival, Iceland Airwaves and Pitchfork Paris.
Now however, she has issued a statement to fans to discuss her mental health.
“Many of you know already that I’ve been struggling with general anxiety and panic attacks for a long time,” wrote Dreijer. “For seven years I did not enter the stage, for five years I did not enter an airplane. It is a disorder that always lurks in the shadows that I have had to work carefully with and around, and that I never really know when it will strike or how much it will affect me.
“I am very thankful for the past seven months, that I have been able to tour and to meet you wonderful and amazing people. The last month though has been rough and my anxiety has started to escalate. I will now have to take a break from touring to take care of myself and restore my health. We are canceling the forthcoming shows this autumn.”
She added: “It is a difficult decision because I love my band and my crew, and I am so grateful for the love we have received from all of you while when doing this show. Hope to see you soon.”
Fever Rey’s recent tour included an acclaimed set at Melt! Festival.
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