Arlo Parks Cancels Portion of US Tour Due to Mental Health Concerns: "I Am Broken"

"[I]t's painful to admit that my mental health has deteriorated to a debilitating place, that I'm not okay"

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Sep 19, 2022

Mercury Prize-winning British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks has announced the cancellation of a slew of her upcoming US tour dates, citing the deterioration of her mental health having reached a "debilitating place."

The artist had begun a US trek at the beginning of the month supporting 2021 debut Collapsed in Sunbeams, but has now put the run on pause as she finds herself in a "very dark place," dealing with exhaustion and "dangerously low" mood.

"I've been on the road on and off for the last 18 months, filling every spare second in between and working myself to the bone," Parks wrote on Twitter this past Friday (September 16).

She continued:

It was exciting and I was eager to grind and show everyone what I was capable of, how grateful I was to be where I am today. The people around me started to get worried but I was anxious to deliver and afraid to disappoint my fans and myself. I pushed myself unhealthily, further and harder than I should've. I find myself now in a very dark place, exhausted and dangerously low — it's painful to admit that my mental health has deteriorated to a debilitating place, that I'm not okay, that I'm a human being with limits. With that in mind, I'm having to cancel the shows from Boston to Salt Lake City and recommence the tour in Portland. I don't take decisions like this lightly but I am broken and I really need to step out, go home and take care of myself. I will do everything I can to make this up to you — for now you can get refunds at your point of purchase. I'm forever thankful to everyone who continues to show up for me, what a dream to have fans like you guys — I'll be back — love AP.

Eight shows originally scheduled from September 14 to September 24 have now been cancelled to give the musician a chance to fly home and recover. She plans to recommence the remainder of the tour in Portland on September 26.

See the statement from Parks below.
Parks is the latest in an influx of exhausted artists finding the current touring economy to be physically and mentally unsustainable, with fellow Brits Wet Leg also having recently missed a pair of US shows due to health concerns.

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