With less than a week to go until the first of two new metal nights in the North East the shows’ promoter has been forced to pull the plug on both gigs.

Toon stars Arcite (pictured) had already informed organisers of the YRadio-backed events of their decision to step down from their North Shields YMCA show on June 1. And last night fellow headliners Reflection In Exile revealed they would not be playing this Friday’s show at the same venue. 

The double withdrawal is a huge blow to promoter and YRadio DJ Wayne Madden who had hoped to set the trend for a series of new early-bird shows aimed at young people with a limited budget.

In a statement he said: “I am sorry to do this but having just got word from Reflection In Exile, and with no other choice, I have been forced to cancel the previously scheduled gig that was meant to occur on May 25 2012 in YMCA North Tyneside.

“This performance is being cancelled with less than a week to go but this cancellation is unavoidable and the headline band have requested this personally.

“It is therefore out of my hands and a massive blow to the entire community on Facebook, Skiddle, Twitter and other Media outlets who supported Y Radio, YMCA North Tyneside and The Graveyard Shift in making this happen

“With the cancellation of the gig on July 1 from Arcite and no other performance scheduled, this is another huge blow and I can only apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“A full refund from Skiddle has been issued to those who bought tickets online and I have recalled all ticket stubs and tickets issued for this gig – anyone who needs a refund and still has their ticket is advised to contact me upon my return to the UK on Tuesday night.”
Although neither band has commented on the decision to pull out of their North Shields shows, County Durham thrashers Reflection In Exile parted company with guitarist Rich ‘Chibs’ Blades on Friday and are seeking a replacement ahead of this summer’s Bloodstock Festival appearance.