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DIIV cancel European live, festival dates

By | Published on Wednesday 17 April 2013


DIIV have cancelled each and every date on their European tour, which means they won’t be playing at this year’s Great Escape or Primavera festivals, or that UK date at London’s Heaven on 15 May.

Talking to NME, the band’s lead singer, beau-of-Sky-Ferreira Zachary Cole Smith said he was tired of playing incessant shows, and wanted free time to “write and create”.

Smith, who back in March shared jaded views on the “bureaucracy” and “branding, branding, branding” he’d seen at SXSW festival, added this of his reasoning in wanting a break: “It’s an unspoken thing, it’s not really articulated, [but the] pressure to constantly tour, I do feel it. And everyone wants you to play in their city, so there’s a pressure from fans”.

He continued: “Management make these plans, like, ‘January, February, you’ll do this tour, then March, go to SXSW, April to Coachella and back, then May do Europe’. There’s just this constant barrage of stuff. As an artist, the biggest, most important reason for me to do this is to write and create. That then becomes the thing that falls by the wayside because you have to keep all this other stuff going”.

Smith et al are collaborating with Girls’ Chet ‘JR’ White on a new LP, the sequel to last year’s ‘Oshin’.