Paramore fans worry band have split after festival cancellation and social media blackout

5 January 2024, 11:33 | Updated: 8 January 2024, 14:45

Paramore record This Is Why in the studio

By Sam Prance

Paramore's decision to pull out of ALTer EGO Festival comes after they have now fulfilled all their label obligations as a band.

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UPDATE: Hallelujah! Paramore are not breaking up and a new era is on the way, Variety reports (Jan 5 2024).

After cancelling their headline show at iHeart’s ALTer EGO festival, and deleting all the posts on their social channels, fans began to worry that the band had called it quits.

But in the new Variety report, they claim that, "the iHeart cancellation was truly a case of scheduling conflict issues for key participants."

The report continues: "Atlantic reps referred inquiries about the band to Paramore’s rep, who had no official comment."

It is now thought that the social media clear out was to make way for their next era, given that they appear to have parted way with their former label of 20 years, Atlantic Records.

Original story:

Parafamily, gather round. Paramore have just pulled out of ALTer EGO Festival and fans are scared that they might break up.

Last month (Dec 14), Paramore sent fans into meltdown after they told Uproxx that they were no longer obliged to release or do anything as a band. The piece read: "They’ve now fulfilled all label obligations and are effectively free agents. As for the future of Paramore, all three members agreed that there’s a level of uncertainty."

In the same interview, Hayley Williams said: "The only thing that matters is we will still get to be each other's community." Weeks later, Paramore cleared all of their social media pages, leading people to suspect that a breakup or hiatus could happen now that the This Is Why era is over.

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Adding to the concern, it's now been announced that Paramore will no longer headline the ALTer EGO Festival this month.

Are Paramore still together?

Are Paramore still together? Here's why people think the band are breaking up
Are Paramore still together? Here's why people think the band are breaking up. Picture: Nina Westervelt/WWD via Getty Images, Anna Webber/Getty Images for On Location

In an Instagram story yesterday (Jan 4), Paramore wrote: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Paramore can no longer attend and perform at iHeartRadio ALTer EGO on January 13. The band apologises for any inconvenience caused." Instead, Fall Out Boy will now replace Paramore as headliners of the festival.

Of course, unforeseen circumstances could mean anything, and Paramore are still scheduled to support Taylor Swift on the European leg of her Eras Tour between May and August this year. However, fans are concerned that this means they could be splitting up for good.

Reacting, one fan tweeted: "i simply cannot think about paramore potentially disbanding."

Whether or not there's actually anything to worry about is yet to be seen. In their original Uproxx interview, Zac Farro said: "I just hope we can keep building the Paramore empire and then rule the world."

It's possible that they are simply looking for a new label deal as a band and still have plans for the future.

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