Following the cancellation of their European tour, Anathema are one of the few groups who revealed they can no longer perform any shows until the COVID-19 outbreak has passed.
The group issued the following statement:
“Dear Anathema family
We of course can’t play further shows until this crisis has passed. As Jurgen Klopp has said; if even one person is helped by our postponement, then its worth it, absolutely.
Health and well being of all comes first. We will come back in the coming months and complete these concerts for you.
Thank all of you very much for your patience and understanding.
Daniel Cavanagh, Anathema”
Similar to many acts, the band are currently left in a lot of debt as they reached out to fans asking for help:
“Dear Anathema family,
We will beat this.
This virus has no chance against the human spirit. Every day I hear heartwarming stories of people coming together in one way or another for the benefit of the for the greater good. I can feel it in the air.
To our beloved health care professionals across the world, we send our most sincere thanks. And to all who are on the front line.
We are very sorry that our “We’re here because we’re here” 10-year anniversary tour was postponed. Today is actually the exact 10 year anniversary of its release.
Of course, like many others, our finances and prospects for the summer were devastated by the virus. Cancelling the tour has left us in a lot of debt.
I was asked by our management to talk to you about how difficult this cancellation has been for us.
We don’t have money anymore.
Not to pay the road crew, the bus company, the merchandise costs. It was all broken by this cancellation.
If you can stay with us this summer, we will have exclusive context of unreleased songs, versions from WHBWH, a podcast, and anything else we can think of to help us all get through this together.
We cannot get summer jobs in this lockdown period. Therefore We are broke. We all have rent to pay. None of us own homes.
The best thing we can do is interact with our fans and give you exclusive new content and ask, only if you can spare it then please make a donation via GoFundMe.
This would be amazing and very welcomed by all of us. We realise that this is already having a massive financial impact on everyone, so if you can’t afford to, then don’t worry, just stay in touch on our social media and enjoy the stuff we will be putting out over the coming weeks.
There are also our tour shirts which are available via the Omerch WebStore. These cost so much money to make and we are looking at a big debt. The excess tour merch has now been made live on our official webstore here: www.omerch.com/shop/anathema
If you can help us, we can help you.
Together we will all beat this thing and look back on this one day, knowing we triumphed over a difficult and at time’s tragic situation.
To our family in Italy in particular, we are sending you our best thoughts and will make a donation back to the relief effort there, if we can make a success of Go FundMe.
Our first gift to you will be an ambient and beautiful remix by my brother Vincent, of “Summernight horizon”. It will be our first update via the GFM campaign page.
Please be safe, be strong, and love one another.
Daniel Cavanagh on behalf of the Anathema family and management.”