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Maribou State cancel shows as Chris Davids issues statement on rare brain condition

Maribou State have announced that they are cancelling all upcoming live shows, while Chris Davids continues to recover following brain surgery.

The electronic duo have also confirmed that they have decided to postpone the release of their third studio album, as the artist allows himself time to return to full strength.

They had been due to make a number of festival appearances over the summer, including at Stowaway Festival in Buckinghamshire in August, followed by Lost Village in Lincolnshire, and Forwards Bristol to round out the month.

But as confirmed in a personal message on Instagram, they are putting all official public engagements on hold.

“Over the past few years Liam and I have hidden ourselves away to write our third album, a process which has not been an easy one,” Davids wrote. “In 2022 I was diagnosed with a rare brain condition called Chiari malformation. It had been the cause of a mix of symptoms including; debilitating headaches, insomnia and bad mental health, which have been hugely impacting my life and productivity in the studio.”

“After trying a variety of conservative treatments, I made the difficult decision to undergo brain surgery in November last year. The surgery, for the most part, was successful and the symptoms have now either been resolved or are in remission, however there were multiple complications that have since slowed down my recovery and presented me with new challenges, that five months on, are still ongoing.”

“As a result, we’ve had to make the hard decision of pressing pause on the project for the time being. We are therefore very sad to say we are cancelling all our live shows this year and postponing the release of any new music.”

“We know this will come as very disappointing news for those who have purchased tickets and have been patiently waiting on new music. We’re incredibly frustrated but touring requires so much more love and energy than I’m currently able to give. We hope you understand our reasoning for making this decision.”

He continued: “On a more positive note, I AM making progress, Liam [Ivory] IS in good health and able to continue DJ’ing, we DO have a finished third album; one we’re both incredibly proud of and excited to share with you all, and the live band WILL be getting back together as soon as the albums released.”

“Thank you all so much for your patience. It’s been a long journey since the last album but we’re both so grateful for the all the love and support you’ve continued to show, and we both truly can’t wait to send some of that back your way once I’m out the other side. Love, Chris x”

Maribou State’s last full-length studio album was 2018’s ‘Kingdoms In Colour’, which NME gave a four-star review. “Take a deep breath, lay back and soak in the technicolour empire Maribou State have crafted on this album – you’ll feel at one with our world for it,” concluded the review.

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