The Avalanches just released their 15-years-in-the-making second album Wildflower, which debuted at #1 in their native Australia, and are set to play Aussie festival Splendour in the Grass this weekend, one of many festival dates the group had scheduled. That performance, unfortunately, may be their last fest this summer as health issues with founding member Tony Di Blasi have caused most to be canceled. From The Avalanches' Facebook:
Thanks to everyone who has supported The Avalanches this year, we are so pleased you are enjoying Wildflower.
Preparations for our live show at Splendour are going well but unfortunately due to a medical condition requiring treatment in Australia, Tony has been advised against international travel for the next few months, so with great disappointment we have had to postpone some forthcoming festival appearances in Europe.
Thanks to everyone worldwide who has made Wildflower such a success, and stay tuned for rescheduled and new live dates soon. Big Love,
All European dates, including Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands, and Sweden’s Way Out West Festival — have been canceled or postponed. We may now never know whether The Avalanches were in fact, one of the blurred out names on the poster for this fall's The Meadows festival in Queens.
Get well, Tony!