Lorde pulls Australian dates to focus on US

The New Zealand born singer's manager says she will play 16 dates stateside

Lorde has pulled an Australian tour in order to focus on the American market.

A representative from the singer’s management told Rip It Up that she cancelled her scheduled appearance at the University of South Australia’s Gear Up festival later this month to focus on a stateside tour.

“Unfortunately due to the fact that Lorde is becoming one of the biggest and buzziest artists in the world right now, she is under a lot of pressure from everywhere in the world and it ultimately leads to timelines and goalposts shifting constantly and very quickly,” the statement reads.

Last month, Lorde was forced to cancel an appearance ar Laneway Festival Auckland after it clashed with the Grammy Awards, where she picked up two gongs. She made it up to fans by playing a standalone rescheduled show at the Laneway festival site at Silo Park at a later date.

Anne-Marie Parsons, a spokesperson for Gear Up festival, said that while organisers are “extremely disappointed” that Lorde will no longer be performing, “it’s been an amazing rise for Lorde and we are extremely happy for her success.”

Lorde will play the Adelaide leg of Laneway festival this Friday (February 7). She will also appear on the Laneway lineup in Fremantle on Saturday. The singer, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, will perform with Disclosure at The Brit Awards in London next month.