Painful problem for The Starlings: Kato Callebaut (30) and Tom Dice (31) both have sore ears after a performance on Saturday night. Due to a technical error, the couple heard a very loud whistle in their ears during a performance. On doctor’s advice, they cancel their Sunday concert.
“It went wrong on Saturday during a private performance,” let the musical couple know. “As a result, we got huge feedback – a loud and high-pitched whistle – in our ears. A human error, unfortunately with a major impact.”
This also has consequences for the show that was planned in Herent on Sunday. “We have to rest our ears on doctor’s orders. So, with a heavy heart, we have to cancel today’s show. Painful because we always enjoy our audience during performances.” The Starlings hope to make up for their canceled concert soon.
Their manager tells the story. The couple themselves can’t get on the line – the ears really need to rest. “After their performance at the Bollekesfeesten in Antwerp, they had a private performance at people’s homes in Oud-Turnhout, with the two of them and the regular technicians,” says Henk Vermeulen. “As with every performance, they have a transmitter in their ears to hear their own mix. It was an intimate performance on a caravan-like stage. After their performance, a cover band would perform on the stage next door.”
When that cover band’s sound system was turned on, things went wrong. “There must have been an interference with the frequency of our transmitting equipment. Suddenly the audience heard a loud, rustling whiz through the boxes. And it was very loud in the ears of The Starlings.”
Two songs later, the performance was over. “When they came off the stage, they both complained about a tute in their ears. It got worse on the way home. It hurt to such an extent that they had to go to the emergency room. There they were advised by the doctor to rest – don’t expose your ears to new sounds and stimuli. It soon became clear that today’s performance in Herent would not be possible.”
Not sure if it’s tinnitus. For that, Kato and Tom have to visit a specialist on Monday. The dull feeling in the ears can also go away on its own after a few days, but that remains to be seen.
It’s a human error. “Our crew has done nothing wrong. At festivals, the frequencies are often discussed, but that did not happen here. Whether it was inattention or ignorance, we don’t want to throw mud. What absolutely takes precedence now is Tom and Kato’s health. Keep your fingers crossed for the scenario where it will pass by itself.”
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