Add rock band the National to the list of musical acts canceling concerts in Russia and the Ukraine because of political unrest in the region.
“Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region, we are sad to report that we have decided to cancel our shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev this summer,” the National posted on its Facebook page.
The National was scheduled to play three concerts in the region in late July and early August, including appearances in St. Petersburg (July 31), Moscow (Aug. 1) and Kiev (Aug. 3). Ticket refunds for those shows will be available at the point of purchase.
“We remain hopeful of coming to play for you in the future and we sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way,” the band continued in its Facebook post. “Take care of yourselves and we hope to see you soon.”
The National is currently touring the U.S. through May and from there will head to Europe for summer festival and concert dates. The band is touring in support of its latest album, “Trouble Will Find Me,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 last May.
In late February, Depeche Mode canceled a concert at the International Exhibition Center, located in Ukraine capital Kiev, due to “current civil unrest and instability in Kiev and the whole of Ukraine.”
“The safety and security of the band, crew and fans is the highest priority, and at this time it is not possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable concert experience for everyone involved,” Depeche Mode wrote on its website. “The band’s thoughts are with the Ukrainians during this challenging period and they sincerely look forward to the next time they can perform for the fans in Kiev and Ukraine.”