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Real Friends Have Cancelled Their Upcoming International Touring To Focus On Mental Health

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 30 March 2018 at 10.05

We wish Dan and his bandmates all the very best.

Real Friends have cancelled their upcoming shows in Australia, Europe and the UK to focus on mental health.

"Hello everybody, Dan here. I wanted to let you all know that Real Friends will be cancelling our upcoming international appearances in Australia, Europe, and the UK," wrote frontman Dan Lambton.

"This has come recommended by both the band and my psychiatrist so I can have time to continue learning to live and deal with my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Since coming home from recording, I am sober, on new medication, and undergoing an intensive outpatient group therapy program per the recommendation of my therapist."

"I am continuing to better myself so that Warped Tour this summer will be a fresh start for not only me, but for Real Friends as a whole. We all want to be the best possible versions of ourselves as individuals and in turn be the best possible version of Real Friends."

"We appreciate your support and understanding, and we want to note that this conversation about mental health will continue, but for now I’ll be continuing my treatment, and we’ll make Warped Tour something so special for you all. Thank you all for your love and support."


Dan then tweeted the below:
 

 

 


We wish Dan and his bandmates all the very best. 

For more information about mental health and how to access support, check out Mind's resources here, and the National Institute Of Mental Health here.

UPDATE: Slam Dunk have confirmed on Twitter that Real Friends will no longer be a part of the Slam Dunk 2018 line-up. They are in the process of securing a suitable replacement, and will make an announcement on who that will be shortly.
See Slam Dunk's full statement below:

 

 

A little while back, we spoke to the frontman about an upcoming third album.

Here's an excerpt:

SO THIS ALBUM IS THE REAL REAL FRIENDS?
“It’s just us, that’s the record. It’s fucking heart-on-our-sleeve bullshit, but it’s our heart on our sleeve and maybe it’ll end up on yours someday. And that’s the thing, we don’t need to worry about what we can do, we need to worry about what we can’t do and how we can remedy that, because by now we know what we can do really well so to figure out what we can’t do, we find people that can help us do it or we see who would like to figure out how to do it on their own terms, like you want to be more involved with something? Fucking step up buddy, say something and we’re all doing that now.”

IS THIS THE DEFINING STATEMENT FOR REAL FRIENDS?
“I think yes and I think we’ll at least be able to have LP four after this! And then we’ll see where we go from there..."

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