Sad news to report from Epica, who have been forced to bow out from the remainder of their 2015 North American tour dates. As revealed by the band, vocalist Simone Simons has flown back to the Netherlands to tend to a family emergency.

Epica's co-headlining tour with Eluveitie and the Agonist had just gotten underway when Simons received the unfortunate news. Due to the cancellation, Epica are planning to reschedule for early 2016. For fans excited to See Eluveitie and the Agonist, you'll still get a chance as the tour will continue on without Epica. Refunds, however, are still being offered to ticket holders.

Epica posted via Facebook:

Dear North American Fans,
It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of all remaining shows of our North American tour.
A couple of days ago, Simone had to fly back to the Netherlands to be with her family due to an emergency. Sadly, there has been no major improvement in that situation so it is impossible for Simone to return to the tour at this moment. Therefore, we have no other option than to cancel the remaining dates.
However, the Revolver tour will carry on as scheduled with Eluveitie, The Agonist and Martina Edoff.
We will again be rescheduling the North American tour in support of The Quantum Enigma for the beginning of next year.
If you wish to refund your tickets you can do this through the venue. VIP tickets purchased through Sound Rink will be refunded automatically. Tickets for this tour will not be valid for the rescheduled dates.
We want to thank all our fans and partners for their understanding and support in this difficult situation.

We'd like to send out best wishes to Simone Simons and her family during this difficult time. Stay tuned for Epica's rescheduled tour dates once they are announced.

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