The Blackout have been forced to end their Final Party UK tour prematurely after frontman Gavin Butler experienced neurological difficulties. Below is a letter from the band after Butler suffered a hemiplegic migraine during his performance in Manchester on Saturday 26, 2013.
So some of you may already be aware of what’s happened with Gavin, others may not be. Long story short, at our show at Manchester Academy 2 last night (Oct 26th), Gavin suffered a recurrence of a neurological issue known as a hemiplegic migraine, which can affect motor skills, including speech and loss of sensation in certain limbs. As a result, he left the stage two songs from the end of the set.
Having consulted local medical advice, in addition to what Gavin was told in hospital when this issue had occurred earlier this year, it’s become clear that one of the key issues in helping Gav get better is rest.
Unfortunately, that has put us in a difficult position, and it’s with great regret that we have to announce we will not be performing any of the remaining dates on the “Final Party” tour at this time. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we have to put the well being of the members of the band above all else, and we cannot perform to the standards we think you guys deserve without Gavin.
We will be working on a solution to this in the coming days, and will let you know the moment we know when we’ll be able to play again.
We are truly sorry guys, but we hope you understand. Your words of kindness have been humbling and very much appreciated. We will see you soon.