London fourpiece, Bloc Party who were meant to play at NorthSide Festival, have canceled today. Yesterday the band revealed they’re to spend time apart after the end of their current touring schedule – having only recently reunited for their fourth album.
In a press release it says:
“Bloc Party will not show up on the NorthSide in the morning as planned, as their drummer, Matt Tong, can not go to the festival for personal reasons. The band apologize to their fans that they will have to disappoint them.”
Danish Love Shop with Jens Unmack in front takes over the stage as replacement. John Fodge (red. Spokesman for NorthSide) says:
“It’s never easy to find a suitable replacement name on such short notice, so we are very grateful that Love Shop has agreed to jump in, especially as they now are scattered all around. Jens Unmack actually has to be brought home from Berlin, while Mikkel Damgaard to be flown in from Mallorca, so it has clearly been a puzzle. But luckily it’s gone up, and we are very happy.”
The band released the aptly-named Four last year, their first record since 2008 after frontman Kele Okereke pursued his eponymous solo project. Now, it seems the band are going to focus on separate ventures once again, with things coming to a close after festival season.
In interview with Postmedia News, guitarist Russell Lissack said “Definitely after we finish the festivals in the summer we’ll be taking some time off”, continuing that it’ll be for ”at least six months, maybe a year, maybe two years”.
They will, however, release one last EP before then. Expected by the year’s end.
“It’s such a rollercoaster of extreme highs and extreme lows,” Lissack told the publication. “Maybe we’ll play an amazing show and we’ll be on a real high and then the next day some minor thing will happen and everyone hates each other.”
Bloc Party have been together for ten years, releasing debut Silent Alarm in 2005.