The Pizza Underground cancel UK tour and Primavera Sound appearance

Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground covers band have said it has nothing to do with "the beer tossers"

Macaulay Culkin’s pizza themed Velvet Underground covers band, The Pizza Underground, have cancelled their remaining UK tour dates as well as today’s appearance at Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain.

The band were due to appear on the Heineken Hidden Stage at the event today (May 31), but a tweet from festival organisers informed fans that they would no longer be appearing and that the band Manel would be replacing them. The band have also cancelled the remaining dates on the UK tour, with shows at Hull Adelphi (June 1), Gloucester Guildhall (4), Southampton Joiners (5) and Bedford Esquires (7) all pulled.

The band tweeted their apologies to fans, writing: “sad that we had to cancel UK shows. Believe it or not we had fun! But all good things must end, and sometimes suddenly and w/o explanation.” In a response to a fan question, the band said the cancellations “had nothing to do with the beer tossers”. Instead they said they had to “deal with a cheesemergency.”

The Pizza Underground recently had pints of beer thrown at them before leaving the stage before the end of their performance at the Nottingham leg of the Dot To Dot festival. On May 25 the band were performing at the Rock City venue as part of the multi-venue festival. The Nottingham Post reported that Home Alone actor Culkin “stormed off” after just 15 minutes following a negative crowd reaction.

According to the local newspaper report, the booing began after just one song. Full pints of beer were then thrown over the band with Culkin responding for the first time to say: “Why are you throwing those? I’d rather drink them!” However, his ability to endure the soaking ended shortly afterwards and the band left the stage after just three songs. One fan who didn’t want to be named said: “It just sounds awful. I can’t believe he is doing this. Why bother? It must go down well in America or something.”

The National headlined last night (May 30) at Primvera Sound bringing Justin Vernon of Bon Iver onstage with them. Pixies, Haim and Jagwar Ma also played. The festival concludes tonight (May 31) with sets from Foals, Black Lips, Ty Segall and Connan Mockasin among others.