Today we are sharing the news with you that Merel has decided to leave Delain and focus on different
musical ambitions. Merel’s performance with us at Graspop will be her last show as a permanent band
member of Delain. We are aware this is very short notice, and this we regret for those of you who wanted to
catch a last show with her as a part of the team. However, this is a friendly departure, and we are respecting
Merel’s wishes in doing so.
We had an amazing ride sharing the stage with this fireball and we are excited to see the results of her new
Merel: "Dear all, I am sorry to inform you that on Graspop I will play my last show with Delain. After almost
five amazing years the time has come for me to focus on my own dreams. Because of my previous band
commitments my attention diverged from my own music and the path I want to follow, and I feel I need to
give myself the time and opportunity to explore my musical ambitions.
This is probably the hardest decision of my life, but in the end it’s important to follow your heart and be
happy. I want to thank my bandmates and crew, I will miss you dearly! Also huge thanks to all the amazing
people I’ve met on the road. And most importantly I want to thank YOU for all those amazing and warm
memories! It’s been a pleasure. (...)"
Although we will miss Merel on the road with us, we realise that our busy schedules require loads of
time and commitment, and we understand and respect her decision to focus on her own path. We will
continue performing live as a five-piece as before, and look forward to finishing the work for our upcoming
studio album, the upcoming festival season, our US tour with Amorphis and Anneke van Giersbergen and
our European Masters Of Destiny Tour. We hope to see you all soon!
Thank you Merel, we wish you nothing but the best!