Northern Ireland

General Fiasco 'put band on hold' and cancel UK tour

General Fiasco
Image caption General Fiasco have announced they are putting "the band on hold."

Northern Irish band General Fiasco have announced that they are cancelling their upcoming tour and are putting "the band on hold".

The band made the announcement on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The statement continued: "We don't make this decision lightly and we hope you understand."

General Fiasco were due to begin a tour of the UK and Ireland at the end of January and had scheduled gigs in Manchester, Glasgow and London.

The band formed in 2007 and have released two albums as well as a number of singles and EPs.

They regularly performed on BBC Introducing and received regular airplay on Radio1 from DJs Zane Lowe, Sara Cox, Phil Taggart and Colin Murray.

'Hundreds of live shows'

Image caption The band have played at Glastonbury and T in the Park.

The band have also performed at Glastonbury, T in the Park and the Reading and Leeds festival.

Band members Owen Strathern, Enda Strathern, Stephen Leacock and Stuart Bell are from Bellaghy in County Londonderry.

In the summer of 2012 General Fiasco performed at each of the Olympic Torch relay celebrations across Northern Ireland.

Their statement continued: "We are very sorry to announce that we must cancel the upcoming Jan / Feb tour.

"We have decided to put the band on hold while we take some time out after more than six years and hundreds of live shows.

"We would like to thank and apologise to everyone who had bought a ticket or had planned to come to one of the shows, as well as to those involved with organising them.

"We don't make this decision lightly and we hope you understand.

There are currently no plans to reschedule the dates.

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