Passion Pit pull tour over singer's 'mental health'


Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos

Indie-pop band Passion Pit have cancelled a number of gigs on their forthcoming US tour, with lead singer Michael Angelakos saying he's suffering from mental health problems.

He apologised to fans but confirmed five shows have been called off.

He said: "To ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health."

The band's UK shows at August's Reading and Leeds festivals remain unaffected.

Tour dates in Knoxville, Charlotte, Norfolk, Dover and New York have been cancelled. The tour will resume on 2 August in Chicago.

The band, fronted by Angelakos, featured in the BBC's Sound Of 2009 list and released their debut album Manners in 2009.

In the message on their website the singer continued: "I'd like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light."

Passion Pit release their second album Gossamer on 23 July.