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Batushka (Bart’s version) cancel North American tour, issue statement

Batushka
photo by Ellie Mitchell

As you may know, there is a lot of controversy in the world of Polish black metal band Batushka, who splintered off into two competing bands, one led by Kryzstof “Derph” Drabikowski who released a new album this year that many consider the “true” second Batushka album, and one led by Bartłomiej “Bart” Krysiuk that released an album on Metal Blade and had announced a North American tour for this fall. Bart’s version — considered the “fake” version by some fans — have now had to cancel all tour dates outside of Europe, “until a time where the dispute between Derph and myself is resolved,” Bart says. Here’s his full statement:

As has been reported, we have cancelled all up and coming international touring until a time where the dispute between Derph and myself is resolved.

Massive financial and bureaucratic undertakings are required to make international touring at this scale work, coupled with the daily firefighting of Batushka’s day-to-day business, it has taken it’s toll and we have reached our limit.

There is plenty to be positive about with regards to the legal situation surrounding Batushka – however, we expect a lengthy process and despite mediation with Derph and I, we are no closer to resolving our differences.

We plan to reconvene and carry on preparing new music. Our European dates will continue on – naturally a lot less stressful. We apologise to our international fans but we hope you understand!

As MetalSucks points out, the cancellation also follows rumors that the tour was not selling well, and the cancellation of Australian dates (which would have taken place this week).

The North American leg of the tour was supposed to hit NYC on 12/3 at Gramercy Theatre (which did kind of seem like a big venue for them). All affected dates are listed below. Stay tuned for any further updates.

Batushka (Bart’s version) — 2019 Cancelled North American Tour Dates
11/29 — Toronto, ON — Opera House
11/30 — Montreal, QC — Corona Theatre
12/1 — Cambridge, MA — Sinclair
12/3 — New York, NY — Gramercy Theatre
12/4 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
12/5 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Sound Stage,
12/6 — Millvale, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
12/7 — Detroit, MI — St. Andrews Hall
12/9 — St. Louis, MO — Delmar Hall
12/10 — Chicago, IL — Metro
12/11 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre
12/13 — Denver, CO — Oriental Theater
12/14 — Salt Lake City, UT — In The Venue
12/16 — Portland, OR — Wonder Ballroom
12/17 — Vancouver, BC — Richshaw
12/18 — Seattle, WA — Neumos
12/20 — San Francisco, CA — The Regency Ballroom
12/21 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda

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