Painful problem for The Starlings: Kato Callebaut (30) and Tom Dice (31) have divorced or are performing on Saturday evening. Due to a technical error, the couple heard a huge 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 current 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 the show. Painfully, we always want hard from our audience during performances.” The Starlings hope to make up for their canceled concert in advance.
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. The audience suddenly 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 tuut in their ears. It got worse on the way home. It hurt a lot that they went to the emergency room. There they were advised by the doctor to rest – don’t expose your ears to new and stimuli now. It soon became clear that today’s performance in Herent would not be possible.”
Not sure about tinnitus. Do Kato and Tom have to visit a specialist on Monday? The dull feeling in the ears may also go away in a few more days, but that remains to be seen.
It is 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 of ignorance, we don’t want to throw mud. What absolutely takes precedence now is the health of Tom and Kato. Keep your fingers crossed for the scenario where it will pass by itself.”
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