The techno originator says he has been battling kidney failure caused by diabetes over the past few years.
“Due to life threatening health issues, Juan Atkins of Model 500 is unable to travel to Australia for Unsound Adelaide on Saturday 14 March, 2015,” said festival organisers in a statement. “We are sure that fans everywhere will join us in wishing Juan and his family all the best during this very difficult time.”
Atkins himself offered his apologies via a statement, saying: “I’ve been battling health issues over the past few months which now prevent me from traveling. I’m working to have those issues resolved in the next few months. I’m gutted that I can’t come over to Australia, but I hope to return in the near future.”
These health issues have since been expanded upon in an official press statement published on Atkins’ Facebook page, revealing that Atkins has been suffering from total kidney failure caused by diabetes for the past few years.
“Juan has been traveling with all necessary equipment to carry out ambulatory peritoneal dialysis on the road,” it says. “Until last weekend the procedure had been working fine, but unfortunately that was not the case Friday the 27th of February. During the flight from Detroit to Frankfurt Juan began to feel bad and his condition was so grave that he required emergency medical assistance immediately after the aircraft was landed in Frankfurt due to his life-threatening medical condition.
“At this point many would have chosen to go back home and cancel all three performances of the weekend, Berlin, Thessaloniki and Milano,” the statement continues. “However after the medical treatment at the Frankfurt airport, Juan decided to take the next connection flight and make it to Berlin. Upon arrival in Berlin he was felling better, but after a couple of hours he relapsed again needed medical attention. His condition was so bad that he couldn’t perform at Tresor and had to stay at his hotel to receive medical assistance.”
After being forced to cancel shows in Berlin and Thessaloniki, Atkins has since returned to Detroit and is “out of risk but will need some rest and time to finalize his treatment.”
Atkins had been slated to perform on the Unsound bill alongside Mika Vainio, Dopplereffekt and Hieroglyphic Being. Organisers are arranging a replacement, but are offering refunds to ticket holders from their point of purchase.