Heavy Seas man will now perform two shows consecutively on Tuesday night
Damon Albarn has postponed his Monday night (December 15) appearance at the iconic Sydney Opera House due to security alerts and an ongoing siege in the Australian city.
The waterfront venue was evacuated at 10am local time following reports of a suspicious package being discovered. Meanwhile, across town, a gunman held staff and customers hostage at The Lindt Café in central Sydney’s Martin Place hostage. With the siege still ongoing at the time of writing, five people have been seen fleeing the building but it is unclear how many remain inside.
Representatives for Sydney Opera House say reports relating to a suspicious package are unfounded, and that tonight’s events at the venue have been cancelled in order to minimise pressure on transport networks, reports The Australian.
Albarn, currently touring Australia in support of 2014 debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’, was due to perform the first of two gigs at Sydney Opera House. Following the events, Albarn will instead play two shows at the same venue tomorrow (December 16), with the first beginning at 7pm and the second at 9.30pm.
A message on Albarn’s Facebook page relayed a message from Sydney Opera House but made no comment on the hostage situation. It read: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, tonight’s Sydney Opera House performance has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Tuesday 16th Dec at 7:00pm. The original start time of 8:00pm for the Tuesday 16 Dec 2014 performance has been rescheduled to 9:30pm, to accommodate the additional performance.”
Albarn’s Australian dates began in Melbourne on December 12, where local rapper Remi guested on a performance of ‘Clint Eastwood’ and the Southern Gospel Choir of Tasmania appeared for ‘Mr Tembo’ and ‘Heavy Seas’.