Assemblage 23's European Tour Cancelled Due to Coronavirus
I suspect most of you knew this already, but its with a heavy heart that I have to announce that the European tour we had scheduled for next month has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We had been leaning towards cancellation anyway given the fact that we didn't want our fans to be exposed to the possibility of illness or worse, but as you probably know, a few days ago, the European Union put travel restrictions in place that prevent non-essential travel by most travelers from outside the EU. Additionally, yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel put restrictions in place regarding public events, and as it would happen, most of our live dates were in Germany. To say we are disappointed is an understatement, but ultimately, we agree that these restrictions are necessary in order for our country and others to gain control of this serious situation.
As you can imagine, there is a lot of scrambling behind the scenes right now to determine what the next step is. If you already bought tickets, please hang onto them for now. If we are able to reschedule the same gigs later in the year, your tickets will still be valid. If that is not possible, then we will provide instructions on how to obtain a refund. Please just be patient and give us a little time to work this out. Our booking agency just lost multiple tours because of this situation, so their workload is quite heavy. I can't say with any certainty when we'll have that info for you, but everyone is working hard to get a definitive answer as quickly as possible.
It is too early at this point for us to predict whether we'll still be able to come over for our Swedish and Danish dates at the end of June, but we will keep you accessed of that situation. Until we hear otherwise, we'll continue to assume those dates will still be happening.
We're sorry to disappoint our fans, but we would much rather come to visit you under better and safer circumstances. In the meantime, stay healthy, take these restrictions seriously, and be kind to others. We'll have more news soon.
Help Stave Off Cabin Fever During the Coronavirus Crisis With Some Free/Cheap Music
So with all the restrictions on live shows, club nights, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, etc, it's fair to say that a good many of you are going to be looking for something to occupy your time. In light of that, I've made the following releases "name your price" on Bandcamp. It's a good opportunity to pick up some A23 and A23 adjacent releases free or on the cheap and stave off cabin fever a bit. Please share, spread the word, and enjoy!
Assemblage 23 - Early Rare and Unreleased Volume One: https://assemblage23.bandcamp.com/album/early-rare-and-unreleased-1988-1998
Assemblage 23 - Early Rare and Unreleased Volume Two: https://assemblage23.bandcamp.com/album/early-rare-unreleased-volume-two
Nerve Filter - Linear: https://nervefilter.bandcamp.com
Surveillance - Oceania: https://surveillance23.bandcamp.com/album/oceania
Surveillance - Oceania Remixed: https://surveillance23.bandcamp.com/album/oceania-remixed
Helix - Helix Remix: https://helix.bandcamp.com/album/helix-remix
Also be sure to check out "From a Blue Room" by Thy Fearful Symmnetry, the dream-pop project from Assemblage 23's live keyboard player Paul Seegers... only $5: https://carbon12records.bandcamp.com/album/from-a-blue-room