Atlanta pop punk act Cartel have just announced that their upcoming shows in the United Kingdom will be their last shows in the UK – ever. Although the band notes that they will continue to tour elsewhere and that this does not indicate a breakup, they do cite financial concerns when touring in Europe which have contributed to this difficult decision. The band’s official announcement on the matter is as follows:
A note to our UK fans: we’re incredibly excited for the opportunity to play in the UK again this year, both in London for our Chroma show and at the Slam Dunk Festival shows (which are standard Cartel sets). We always have a great time in the UK, we love the energy of the fans and it’s always a great hang. We wanted to mention that while planning this year of Chroma shows, we decided that there is likely not much international touring in the cards left for the band, and these will be the band’s last UK shows. Though we would love to keep traveling the world and playing shows, it’s a wildly expensive endeavor to cart ourselves and our gear around the world, and we aren’t really banging out new tunes left and right which would necessitate us promoting it worldwide. While all this may be a bummer, that’s not to say the band is over by any means, we will still play shows in the US. We’re very grateful and excited that we get another shot at playing for everyone and that we can hang out with our UK fans. All that aside, we hope that you understand and we can’t wait to see you all again!
Cartel latest release was the March 2013 launch of Collider.