Julian Casablancas + the Voidz cancel Australian and Asian tour dates

Band pull out of shows 'with heavy hearts'

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz have cancelled their Australian and Asian tour dates, pulling out of the Falls Festival and Southbound with less than two weeks until the events are scheduled to take place.

The Strokes frontman and his new band were scheduled to perform at all three Falls shows, as well as on the second day of Southbound festival in Western Australia, showcasing material from their new album ‘Tyranny’.

A statement from the band has been released “with heavy hearts” by organisers. “Unfortunately, due to unforeseen logistical circumstances, we must cancel our planned trip to Australia and Asia,” it said. “The band is hoping to announce new dates sometime in the New Year and are disappointed that it can’t be right now and are very sorry for all and any inconvenience.”

The Voidz, who were added to the Fall Festival line-up in September, become the second big-name act to exit the festival after headliners Robyn+Royksopp pulled out last month. They will be replaced on the bill with Australian festival favourites Cloud Control.

Earlier this year, Casablancas said new album ‘Tyranny’ was intended to help popularise leftfield music. “I want to make edgier, interesting stuff mainstream. I’m not trying to be weird. I’m trying to make cool things – that are usually underground – popular. A lot of what I do is to try to make cool things popular in their own time. But I’m not trying to be new or different. It’s just the same as ever – creative ideas come into my mind and I try to execute them,” the singer said.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz recently finished a European tour, which saw the band perform a one off UK date at London’s Coronet. Casablancas previously aired his view that touring is “a great way to destroy a band”.