Mardi Gras headliners Tegan and Sara cancel tour
Mardi Gras is still to announce a replacement act for electro pop twins, Tegan & Sara, who cancelled their Australian leg of their international tour last night, citing illness.
The lesbian twins who until recently were best known for their indie guitar pop, were on the final leg of their European tour when Tegan was stuck down by illness.
The singer songwriter wrote on the band’s website that it was with a heavy heart they must announce the cancellation of their Australia and New Zealand tour dates.
“I became very ill on the final days of our European tour in February, and even while taking antibiotics and steroids, I still lost my voice completely,” Tegan wrote.
“After a second round of antibiotics and steroids upon returning home last week, I still have not recovered my voice or received a clean bill of health. At the recommendation of my GP, I have decided to postpone our Australian/New Zealand tour to continue my recovery and ensure I don’t do longer-term damage to my singing voice and health.
The singer said the band rarely cancels a gig and she sent heartfelt apologies to their fans.
“It is a point of pride that we always follow through with our commitments, and in 17 years of touring I can count on one hand the number of shows we’ve had to cancel. I send our deep apologies to our fans, our team in Australia and New Zealand, as well as our promoters. To fans who have made travel plans and those who will be disappointed to hear this news, please know that we will be missing you all this coming week and promise to make it up to you soon. For those who already have tickets, you will be able to obtain refunds at your point of purchase.
“To our support acts – Theia, Bec Sandridge, and Montaigne – we are truly sorry to not be able to share the stage with you,” Tegan concluded.
The band was dues to play performances at Mardi Gras, Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo Twilight series as well as a gig at the Tivoli in Brisbane.
Mardi Gras remains tight-lipped about a replacement, but the rumour mill is in overdrive, with some punters suggesting Kylie Minogue, who is currently in town, would be an awesome replacement…