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The Weeknd Postpones Tour Dates in Australia and New Zealand

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Singer-songwriter The Weeknd has announced that due to "unforeseen circumstances," he will have to postpone his forthcoming Australia and New Zealand 'After Hours Til Dawn' concerts.

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The Weeknd at "The Idol" premiere, Cannes Film Festival, May 23, 2023

According to the singer's rep, fans received an email from the ticketing companies with this statement: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must reschedule the Australia/New Zealand tour. New dates will be announced next year and current tickets will be valid for the new shows." And while it appeared that The Weeknd himself added "Deeply disappointed but can't wait to be there with you," some online fan-based conspiracy theories have now arisen in the hours since the announcement.

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As a previous 20-times winner of the Billboard Music Awards, it's speculated (but not confirmed by Dick Clark Productions) that he will appear at the awards ceremony on November 19 — one day before the antipodean leg of the tour was due to take place in Brisbane. Heightening this conjecture: he's nominated in 13 categories this year, including Top Radio Song "Die For You" with Ariana Grande. Hyperventilating social media enthusiasts went further that the pair will perform the song live. That's not a new thing:

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The Weeknd & Ariana Grande – Save Your Tears (Live on The 2021 iHeart Radio Music Awards)

The After Hours Til Dawn Tour celebrates his 2020 album After Hours and 2022 album Dawn FM, both of which led the Australia Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart. He has four total No. 1 albums in Australia, including 2015’s Beauty Behind The Madness and 2016’s Starboy.

The tour's promoters Live Nation Australia & New Zealand added in a statement: "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."


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