The Weeknd has abruptly postponed his Australian stadium tour just two weeks out from its start date.
The Canadian singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – was due to kick off his ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour in Brisbane on November 20, but has pulled the pin citing “unforeseen circumstances”.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must reschedule the Australia/New Zealand tour,” The Weeknd said in a statement.
“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!”
Local entertainment company Live Nation, which is looking after The Weeknd for the Australian leg of his tour, added, “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.”
Ticketek has updated The Weeknd’s ticketing page on its website, saying ticket holders would be contacted with new dates “in due course”.
“Patrons unable to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase,” the website added.
The Weeknd announced six Australian dates at the end of August much to the excitement of his local fans.
He was due to perform at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on November 20 and 21, before back-to-back shows at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on November 24 and 25.
His final shows in Australia were at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on December 1 and 2, before the star was headed to New Zealand for two shows at Auckland’s Eden Park on December 8 and 9.
The tour is in support of his fourth and fifth studio albums, After Hours (2020) and Dawn FM (2022).
The Weeknd wrapped the European leg of the tour in August, before performing in Latin America in September.
The Blinding Lights hit maker last performed in Australia in 2017.
Variety reported the ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour made over $US350 million in sales as of July, making it the highest grossing tour by a black artist, surpassing Michael Jackson’s HIStory World Tour in the late ‘90s.
That same month, The Weeknd broke London Stadium’s attendance record with 160,000 concertgoers across two nights.