Foxygen blame FYF Fest cancellation on frontman Sam France’s injuries rather than in-band tensions

France was recently admitted to hospital for surgery after sustaining a broken leg at a Minneapolis gig

Foxygen have released a statement blaming singer Sam France’s recently sustained leg injury for their cancellation at this weekend’s FYF Fest.

The cancellation, which comes after a period of inter-band turmoil for the Californian two-piece, says the following:

“Foxygen will be unable to perform at next week’s FYF Festival in Los Angeles. The cancellation is directly related to injuries sustained by Sam France during a Minnesota performance in late July. Sam sustained complete fractures of the tibia and fibula. The breaks were severe enough to require an intramedullar nailing of the tibia (Google Image this phrase) and a metal rod be placed in his leg. Sam is currently unable to walk, and the healing process — while already under way — will require six weeks of physical therapy. That said, the healing process is not so far.”

The duo, completed by Jonathan Rado, were due to perform at the Los Angeles event alongside the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and Deerhunter.


Last month, meanwhile, touring band member Elizabeth Fey took to the internet to reveal the extent of the band’s interpersonal troubles.

As well as stating that she felt that all the problems within the band were being blamed on her, Fey also shed a light on the tensions between core members France and Rado. “[Rado] tried to completely control Foxygen even though Sam wrote 95% of the last album. He came out with a solo album out of nowhere and didn’t even tell Sam about it,” she stated. She then went on to say that her and France are starting their own musical project together: “He was threatened by Sam and I, saying it was, ‘The Sam and Lizzie show’. Well we are going to start our own band (not saying it is replacing Foxygen).”

Back in March, Foxygen also cancelled their UK and European summer tour, claiming that the “creative health” of the band depended on them not playing the gigs. The band’s publicist, however, has confirmed that Foxygen are not splitting up.


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