Monday, July 24, 2006

This just in: Lead Singer Victoria Bergsman Leaves The Concretes

The official word is:

"The Concretes have announced that lead singer Victoria Bergsman is departing the band to pursue a solo career. The band performed without Bergsman at last weekend's Summercase Festival in Spain but have cancelled their forthcoming V Festival appearances in the UK next month, as well as performances at the Hultsfred, Popoganda and Storsjoyran Festivals in Sweden. They apologise to fans who were hoping to see them perform together at these events and will have more news on the future of the band very soon.

Victoria Bergsman was an original member of the The Concretes, forming the band with Lisa Milberg (drums / vocals) and Maria Eriksson (guitar / vocals) in Stockholm in 1995. Since that time the band have released two albums, the eponymous debut from 2004 featuring the singles "You Can't Hurry Love", "Say Something New" and "Warm Night"; and this year's "In Colour". The Concretes' performance of recent single "On The Radio" on the last series of the Jonathan Ross TV Show is the last time the band will have played together prior to Bergsman's departure. "