The Canadian hitmaker has postponed his highly anticipated Australian tour.
The Weeknd has postponed his Australia After Hours Til Dawn tour, with dates now delayed for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. It was due to be the first time he touched down in the country in six years. The initial announcement of these shows sent shockwaves through the music world, with additional performances added to meet the overwhelming demand.
The Weeknd, known by his real name Abel Tesfaye, decided to postpone his highly anticipated Australian tour, citing “unforeseen circumstances.” This unexpected move comes just three weeks before the tour was set to kick off.
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Now, ticket holders for the November tour dates will need to mark their calendars for 2024 when the rescheduled dates will be announced.
In a message to his Australian and New Zealand fans, The Weeknd said, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must reschedule the Australia/New Zealand tour. New dates will be announced next year and current tickets will be valid for the new shows. Refunds will be available for those unable to attend the new dates. Deeply disappointed but can’t wait to be there with you!”
Live Nation also released a statement today: “We regret to advise that The Weeknd ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour is being rescheduled for Australia & New Zealand 2023.
“We understand fans will be disappointed, and Live Nation is focused on working with The Weeknd to secure a new tour schedule. We will make a further announcement as soon as possible.”
The tour was originally set to kick off at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Monday, November 20, and Tuesday, November 21. This would have been followed by a triumphant return to Sydney’s Accor Stadium, where he was slated to perform three shows on November 24, 25, and 27. Melbourne was also on the itinerary with four (yes four!!) concerts lined up at Marvel Stadium in early December on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th. The Weeknd’s special guests for all these shows were set to be Chxrry22 and Mike Dean.
Hailing from Toronto, The Weeknd rose to underground fame via anonymous YouTube videos and a series of mixtapes released on his record label XO. Touted for his contemporary brand of dark, sexy R&B, he took a firm step into the public eye in 2013 with his debut album, Kiss Land, which came out at number two on the US Billboard 200.
Today, he’s among the world’s best-selling music artists, with over 75 million records sold across the world. His discography is laden with genre-defining gems including I Can’t Feel My Face, Blinding Lights, The Hills, Starboy, Save Your Tears and Die For You. On his most recent release, he partnered with Travis Scott and Bad Bunny on the reggaeton-trap banger K-Pop.
He was labelled the 2023″world’s most popular artist” by Guinness World Records. He holds the top spot with 111.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify and he was also the first artist to reach 100 million all-time listeners.
All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows without the need for exchange. All ticket holders will be contacted with new show dates in due course. Patrons unable to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase. Keep up with updates here.