Tears For Fears postpone first UK tour in 12 years until 2019 following "unforeseen health concerns"

The band still hope to release their first studio album in over a decade this Autumn.

Tears For Fears' first tour of the UK & Ireland in 12 years has been postponed.

The legendary pop duo of Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal were due to begin the first leg of their Rule The World tour in just nine days time on April 27 in Leeds, but the ten-show jaunt has been put on hold until the new year.

In a statement issued today (April 18), the band explained the situation, citing "unforeseen health concerns".

The 2019 rescheduled dates will now begin in Dublin's 3Arena in Ireland, before hitting UK cities such as Brighton, Cardiff and London, culminating at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena. Fans unable to attend the rescheduled dates can contact their point of purchase for a refund by Sunday 13th May 2018.

It was also confirmed that despite the tour postponement, the group still hope to release their first new studio album in the Autumn, their first for 14 years. Look back at Tears For Fears' full UK chart history, including the successful 2017 Greatest Hits release Rule The World.

Last year completed several live shows, including a slot at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, and a US tour with Hall & Oates.