Mental health. Two VERY important words, both in and outside of the world of music. As much as it’s always sad to see some of our favourite bands pull out of a tour, and equally frustrating, end of the day we’re all human beings, and sadly this time round it seems like REAL FRIENDS are the ones to cancel.
Unfortunately we will have to cancel our appearances in Australia, Europe, and the UK in April and May so that I can continue to focus on my treatment of bipolar disorder. The statement is included below pic.twitter.com/9PrzOM8tBV
— Dan Lambton (@donnylumpkins) March 23, 2018
Vocalist Dan Lambton was recently diagnosed with bipolar, and is taking some much needed rest from the touring world to concentrate on learning how to live with the disorder.
“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.”
If this story has affected you or anyone you know then please remember there is always someone to talk to. We wish Dan the best of luck.