Arlo Parks cancels US dates; "I'm broken"

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

We've been a big fan of Arlo Parks ever since her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams dropped last February, giving us the sweet tones and soothing melodies to get through a particularly dreary lockdown winter. Since then, she's gone from career strength to strength, grabbing a BRIT Award for best new artist, winning the Mercury Prize and opening for the likes of Harry Styles, Florence and the Machine and Billie Eilish on tour. Nbd!

Now, the artist is taking a major step to preserve her own mental health after 18 months on tour. Over the past week, she's been kicking off her US tour with dates in Canada and New York City but has since taken to social media to let her fans know about the difficult decision she has taken to cancel certain dates on the tour, citing exhaustion and mental health struggles and explaining that she will be heading back to the UK to recuperate.

As a result, fans who bought tickets to shows in Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver and Salt Lake City will be able to ask for a refund and her tour will be recommencing on 26 September in Portland.

“I’ve been on the road on and off for the last 18 months, filling every spare second in between and working myself to the bone," she wrote in a statement posted on her social media. "The people around me started to get worried but I was anxious to deliver and afraid to disappoint my fans and myself. I pushed myself unhealthily, further and harder than I should’ve.”

Then going on to announce the cancellation of a series of live dates, she wrote; “I don’t take decisions like this lightly but I am broken and I really need to step out, go home and take care of myself. I will do everything I can to make this up to you – for now you can get refunds at your point of purchase.

“I’m forever thankful to everyone who continues to show up for me, what a dream to have fans like you guys – I’ll be back – love AP.”

Best of luck to Arlo on her mental health journey, we're sending restorative energy while she recuperates.

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