The National have announced that their upcoming Australian and New Zealand shows will be postponed to mid-December 2020.
The band were scheduled to commence their tour this weekend in Fremantle, before shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
A statement from Handsome Tours today (March 17) confirmed the postponement after Australia’s ban on mass gatherings came into effect yesterday (March 16). The band themselves added a personal statement in a post to their social media accounts.
“We have a responsibility to our dedicated audiences, to our amazing crew, to our families at home, and to ourselves to take precautions in the interest of health and safety”, they said.
“For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Australia and New Zealand performances with Phoebe Bridgers until December. We look forward to seeing you all at the end of the year.” Check out the full post below.
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The COVID-19 outbreak has led to a challenging few weeks for everyone. We have been monitoring the situation daily with our management & promoter partners. The recent rulings on international travel, the need to self-isolate and to cancel events of over 500 people have unfortunately made postponement of the shows the best present outcome. We have a responsibility to our dedicated audiences, to our amazing crew, to our families at home, and to ourselves to take precautions in the interest of health and safety. For these reasons we are moving our New Zealand and Australian performances with Phoebe Bridgers into December. We look forward very much to seeing you all at the end of the year. Monday December 7th – Auckland, NZ – Civic Theatre Tuesday December 8th – Auckland, NZ – Civic Theatre Thursday December 10th – Sydney, AU – First State Super Theatre at ICC Saturday December 12th – Brisbane, AU – Fortitude Music Hall Sunday December 13th – Brisbane, AU – Fortitude Music Hall Tuesday December 15th – Melbourne, AU – Palais Theatre Wednesday December 16th – Melbourne, AU – Palais Theatre Thursday December 17th – Melbourne, AU – Palais Theatre Saturday December 19th – Perth, AU – Fremantle Arts Centre Sunday December 20th – Perth, AU – Fremantle Arts Centre Australia: All previously purchased tickets will be honoured on the corresponding new rescheduled date. If you are unable to attend the new date, please contact the ticketing company from which you originally purchased. Refund and exchange requests must be received no later than Friday 27 March 2020 at 11:59PM. More info at handsometours.com. New Zealand: Ticket holders will hear from Ticketmaster with updates and information. Remaining shows on our calendar are being evaluated at this time.
All purchased tickets will be valid on their new corresponding dates. Refunds and exchange requests must be directly sent to your ticketing company before Friday, March 27.
An entire swathe of festivals and tours have recently been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, including Australia’s Download Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest. Keep up to date with the latest news on concert/festival cancellations here.