Animal Collective Cancel Shows After Avey Tare and Deakin Test Positive for COVID-19

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Animal Collective Cancel Shows After Avey Tare and Deakin Test Positive for COVID-19

The band was touring with Spirit of the Beehive. “Wear your masks, take care of each other, and we’ll see you as soon as we can.”

Animal Collective at Washington DCs 930 Club in March 2022

Animal Collective at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club in March 2022 (Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Animal Collective announced tonight (May 24) that their remaining dates with Spirit of the Beehive in May and June have been canceled after Avey Tare and Deakin tested positive for COVID-19. The band had just scrapped three recent West Coast shows after noting that an unnamed member of the touring party had Covid. Tonight, they shared a longer statement explaining the situation.

Hey everyone. It happened. Covid hit us and hit us hard. It sucks.

Both Dave [Portner, aka Avey Tare] and Josh [Dibb, aka Deakin] (each vaccinated and boosted) got very sick and are unable to play shows right now. Continuing to tour at this moment would be harmful to their health and could contribute to longer term difficulties. We will have to cancel the remaining dates of our May-June tour.

Know that this is not a decision we make lightly; we were looking forward to playing for you in all of these cities, and we are working on making it up to you as soon as possible. We will see you in August.

We were also looking forward to sharing a stage with Spirit of the Beehive—now is the time to support SOTB if you can; buy records and merch, as our loss now becomes theirs as well.

Wear your masks, take care of each other, and we’ll see you as soon as we can.

The band have been touring behind their new album Time Skiffs. Read “Musicians Are Begging Fans to Mask Up at Concerts. Here’s Why.”

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Animal Collective:

05-26 Bellevue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre ^
05-27 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre ^
05-28 Kansas City, MO – The Truman ^
05-30 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall ^
05-31 Austin, TX – Emo’s ^
06-01 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater ^
06-03 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant ^
06-04 Madison, WI – TBA ^
08-12-14 Seattle, WA – Day In Day Out Fest
07-09 Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Fest
11-02 Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s
11-03 Dublin, Ireland – National Concert Hall
11-06 Bristol, England – SWX
11-07 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
11-09 Glasgow, Scotland – Saint Luke’s
11-12 Tourcoing, France – Le Grand Mix
11-15 Hamburg, Germany – Übel & Gefährlich
11-16 Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
11-17 Prague, Czech Republic – MeetFactory
11-19 Vienna, Austria – Arena
11-20 Munich, Germany – Freiheiz
11-21 Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son
11-23 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Atelier
11-24 Paris, France – Trabendo
11-27 Cologne, Germany – Luxor

^ with Spirit of the Beehive

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