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Doves cancel all upcoming tour dates due to mental health issues

The band have told fans they are currently unable to commit to the dates

By Jen Thomas

The band Doves pose against a brick wall
Doves have sadly cancelled their tour dates (Pic: Press/Jon Shard)

Doves have confirmed all forthcoming tour dates have been cancelled due to the impact on the mental health of singer Jimi Goodwin.

The band posted two statements on Instagram to confirm the cancellation.

A post from Doves reads: “We are gutted to have to say that all upcoming Doves live dates have to be cancelled. Our sincere apologies go out to everyone who has bought tickets, it’s news that we are finding incredibly difficult to put into words, knowing none will lessen your disappointment.”

They continued: “Honestly, we feel it too. We have to take each other’s welfare as seriously as the music and, sadly, mental health issues simply mean that performing live isn’t possible for us at this time or for the immediate future.”

The band also shared a statement from frontman Jimi Goodwin: “I am unfortunately unable to commit to forthcoming Doves live dates, meaning they have to be cancelled. My decision to bow out, is believe me, not something I’ve taken lightly.”

He added: “One should never apologise for having issued with their mental health, but I do want to say ‘sorry’ to all that have bought tickets. I’m truly grateful for the patience, love, and understanding of my brothers Andy, Jez and Rebelski.

“I’m also incredibly grateful for the support, love and appreciation folks have shown for Doves’ music over the years. The reception ‘The Universal Want’ received, our first LP in eleven years, left us immensely proud. What fantastic affirmation of Jez, Andy and I.”

He signed off: “Sunshine in these tumultuous times. Thank you.”

They captioned the post with: “Statements from the band and Jimi. Refunds will be available from point of purchase.”

The Manchester trio took a break after 2009’s ‘Kingdom of Rust’, before reuniting in 2019 for a Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall.

The band then released an album, ‘The Universal Want’, which went straight to number one in the UK album chart.

After reuniting, Jimi told SPIN: “We needed a break. We are a band that doesn’t really argue and throw things around. We each keep our own counsel. Looking back, maybe we should have had more rows. No one expected it to take that long.”