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Lightning storm curtails Lady Gaga concert

A lightning storm brought an early end to the closing show of Lady Gaga’s The Chromatica Ball world tour.

Gaga was nearing the end of her performance at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in Florida on 17 September when the adverse weather forced her to halt proceedings.

The BBC reports the star had about six songs left in her set when she announced the cancellation to the 65,000-strong crowd, saying: “I don’t want to put your life in danger.”

She later told fans on Instagram: “I’m sorry I couldn’t finish the show, it was too dangerous the lightning was being unpredictable and changing moment by moment.

“This was the greatest tour of my life and I will cherish this moment forever”

“Thank you for believing in me,” she added. “This was the greatest tour of my life and I will cherish this moment forever – it took a long time for me to heal, but I did.”

The Live Nation-promoted summer stadium tour kicked off earlier this summer with a sold-out show in Düsseldorf, Germany and went on to make stops in Stockholm, Paris, Arnhem, London, Toronto, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Hershey, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston.

Last month’s tour date at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania smashed the record for the highest-grossing show in the venue’s history, previously set by the Rolling Stones in 2005. Her 19 August show at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts broke the venue’s record for the highest single show, with over 37,200 fans in attendance.

“The show is incredible and everyone was blown away”

More than 280,000 tickets were sold for the six-date European leg earlier this summer, which wrapped up in late July with two sold-out shows at Tottenham Hotspur stadium (cap. 62,850) in London.

Solo’s John Giddings, who worked as the European tour coordinator for Live Nation, told IQ at the time: “The show is incredible and everyone was blown away. She’s proved herself to be a world-class superstar and this is her coming of age.

“Selling 280,000 tickets is fantastic. After the pandemic, you’re a) worried about selling tickets and b) worried that the people who have bought tickets either won’t come or will ask for a refund because they’ve got Covid. So it was a fantastic success to have all these people turn up.”

 


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Coldplay world tour ticket sales hit 5.4 million

Ticket sales for Coldplay’s Music Of The Spheres World Tour have hit 5.4 million after the band’s 2023 UK and European stadium dates went on sale.

A total of 1.4 million tickets have already been sold for next year’s shows in Portugal, Spain, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, including a host of extra dates added due to demand.

The group wrapped up the 2022 European leg at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on Wednesday (24 August). The global jaunt, which began in March, switches to Latin America in September.

The tour has also been heralded for its groundbreaking sustainability initiatives, which include a show powered by 100% renewable energy in almost all locations; the world’s first tourable battery system (made from 40 BMW electric car batteries); power bikes and kinetic dancefloors allowing fans to help power the show.

It has also included solar panels and wind turbines at every venue; a pledge to cut tour emissions by 50%; incentives to encourage fans to travel by green transport; and one tree planted for every ticket sold.

“The band is a juggernaut, a true powerhouse”

Costa Rica – where the band became the first artist to sell out two nights at Estadio Nacional – marked the starting point in March, prior to a stop in the Dominican Republic. A record-breaking visit to Mexico then followed, which saw them crowned as the first international act to play four sold-out concerts at Foro Sol in Mexico City and the only act to sell out two nights at Estadio BBVA in Monterrey, as well as Estadio Akron in Guadalajara.

“It’s the most spectacular run through Latin America ever,” Live Nation LA president Bruce Moran told IQ earlier this year. “Our expectations were high and we were aggressive in terms of the routing, but it has surpassed any expectations. It’s truly remarkable. The band is a juggernaut, a true powerhouse and we’re really excited to be involved.”

The group’s previous A Head Full Of Dreams tour of 2016/17 was attended by 5.38m people across 122 shows for a total gross of $523 million.

The next issue of IQ features an in-depth look at the groundbreaking Music Of The Spheres tour. Issue 113 of IQ is out next week.

 


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Coldplay tour tops 4m ticket sales, extends to ’23

Coldplay have announced UK and European stadium dates for 2023 after their Music Of The Spheres world tour surpassed four million ticket sales.

The band, who completed their six-night sold-out run at Wembley Stadium last night (21 August), have now confirmed the tour will extend into next year with new concerts added in Portugal, Spain, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The global trek, which began in Costa Rica in March, heads to Glasgow’s Hampden Park in Scotland later this week for two shows before switching to Latin America in September.

“It’s such a groundbreaking tour in such a challenging market”

“We had no doubt it was going to be massive, but to be able to pull off what they’ve done is a very unique thing that would be tough to beat,” the band’s agent Josh Javor of X-ray Touring told IQ earlier this summer. “We’ve broken a bunch of records already.

“It’s not very easy to define a specific window of how long this tour will run. There are lots more places they still want to play, so we will continue as long as they want to. It’s such a groundbreaking tour in such a challenging market. A lot of other things in the world are just not selling at the moment, but it’s completely bucked the trend.”

The tour has also been heralded for its groundbreaking sustainability initiatives, including a show powered by 100% renewable energy in almost all locations; the world’s first tourable battery system (made from 40 BMW electric car batteries); power bikes and kinetic dancefloors allowing fans to help power the show; solar panels and wind turbines at every venue; a pledge to cut tour emissions by 50%; incentives to encourage fans to travel by green transport; and one tree planted for every ticket sold.

The group’s previous A Head Full Of Dreams tour was attended by 5.28m people

A report by Bloomberg says Coldplay have been charging an average of US$77.80 per ticket.

The group’s previous A Head Full Of Dreams tour of 2016/17 was attended by 5.38m people across 122 shows for a total gross of $523 million.

The full list of new Music Of The Spheres tour dates is as follows:

Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal (17 May)

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Spain (24-25 May)

Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK (31 May-1 June)

Principality Stadium, Cardiff, UK (6 June)

Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy (21 June)

Stadio San Siro, Milan, Italy (25-26 June)

Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland (1 July)

Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark (5-6 July)

Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden (8-9 July)

Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands (15-16 July)

The next issue of IQ features an in-depth look at the groundbreaking Music Of The Spheres tour. Issue 113 of IQ is out next week.

 


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Bieber postpones concerts due to medical condition

Justin Bieber has postponed a series of North American tour dates after being diagnosed with a rare medical condition.

The 28-year-old Canadian singer took to Instagram to reveal he was being treated for Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which had resulted in complete paralysis of the right side of his face.

Bieber updated fans on the social platform today, saying “each day has gotten better”.

His 2022/23 Justice global tour, which launched at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena in February, is due to cover six continents, with additional shows recently announced in Dubai, Bahrain, Sydney, New Delhi, Manila, Amsterdam, London and Dublin.

Ticket sales for the 130-date world tour have surpassed 1.5m outside North America

Last week’s dates at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, have been pulled for the time being, along with one night at Washington DC’s Capitol One Arena and two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The tour is currently scheduled to land in Europe next month with a stop at Italy’s Lucca Summer Festival before continuing on to Scandinavia for shows in August. Bieber then heads to South America, South Africa and the Middle East in September and October, closing out the year in Asia, Australia and New Zealand before moving to the UK in early 2023.

Speaking to IQ earlier this month, AEG Presents promoter Simon Jones said ticket sales for the 130-date world tour had surpassed 1.5 million outside North America.

The Justice run is Bieber’s first global outing since 2016/2017’s Purpose world tour, which grossed $257 million, attracting 2,805,481 fans across 141 shows, according to Pollstar.

 


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Springsteen tour ticket sales top one million

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have already sold more than one million tickets for their recently announced 2023 European tour dates, it has been revealed.

The European leg kicks off at the 60,000-cap Estadi Olímpic in Barcelona on 28 April and winds up on 25 July in Italy at Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza.

Spanish promoter Neo Sala at Doctor Music reveals that demand for the shows helped set a new sales record in the country. “We went on sale on Wednesday (8 June) with one Estadi Olímpic, but it sold so fast that in less than an hour we had to add a second show which continued selling equally well,” says Sala, explaining that Doctor Music exclusively used the entradas.com-Eventim ticketing system for the onsale. “By 12 noon on Wednesday we had sold more than 100,000 tickets which is an absolute record in Spain. No other act in the history of Spanish concerts has sold so many tickets that fast.”

The concerts mark the band’s first run since 2016/17’s The River Tour

Due to demand, extra shows have now also been added in Dublin, Oslo, Gothenburg, Paris, Amsterdam and Hockenheim. The tour currently comprises 26 dates, with additional cities and shows in the UK and Belgium set to be announced at a later date.

The tour kicks off in February 2023 with a series of still-to-be-announced US arena dates, with a second North American tour leg scheduled for August.

The concerts mark the band’s first run since 2016/17’s The River Tour, which was the highest grossing worldwide tour of 2016, earning $268.3m over 76 shows.

Springsteen, who is represented by CAA, reprised his 2017/18 Springsteen On Broadway residency last summer to help reopen New York City theatres. Broadway World reports the acclaimed residency generated $113,058,952 from 236 shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre) and 31 at St James Theatre.

 


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Panic! At The Disco announce 40-date world tour

Panic! At The Disco have announced details of their Viva Las Vengeance 2022/23 global arena tour.

Kicking off on 8 September at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, the run will see the US band return to venues such as Madison Square Garden, Kia Forum in Los Angeles and London’s The O2. Special guests include Marina, Jake Wesley Rogers and Beach Bunny.

The Live Nation-promoted tour is being staged in support of the Brandon Urie-fronted project’s seventh album Viva Las Vengeance, which is released on 19 August, with $1 from each ticket sold in North America, and €1/£1 in Europe and the UK going to the band’s Highest Hopes Foundation. The fund supports organisations that advocate support for human rights for all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Booked by CAA, Panic! At The Disco’s previous Pray For The Wicked tour featured in Pollstar‘s Top 100 tours of 2019, clocking in at No.66 with a gross of $28.5 million from 40 shows.

The full 2022/23 tour dates are as follows.

8 September, 2022 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center

10 September – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

11 September – Fort Worth, TX @ Dickies Arena

13 September – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center

14 September – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

16 September – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum

17 September – Chicago, IL @ United Center

20 September – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

21 September – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena

23 September – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

25 September – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena

27 September – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

28 September – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

30 September – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

1 October – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

2 October – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena

4 October – Sunrise, FL @ FLA Live Arena

5 October – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

7 October – Duluth, GA @ Gas South Arena

8 October – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

9 October – Saint Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center

11 October – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena

13 October – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

15 October – Portland, OR @ Moda Center

16 October – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena

19 October – Inglewood, CA @ Kia Forum

21 October – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

23 October – Phoenix, AZ @ Footprint Center

25 October – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center

20 February 2023 – Vienna, AT @ Wiener Stadthalle

21 February – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle

23 February – Hamburg, DE @ Barclays Arena

24 February – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena

25 February – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotterdam Ahoy

28 February – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis

1 March – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena

3 March – Glasgow, UK @ OVO Hydro

4 March – Birmingham, UK @ Utility Arena

6 March – London, UK @ The O2

10 March – Manchester, UK @ AO Arena

 


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Kendrick Lamar unveils mammoth worldwide tour

Kendrick Lamar has announced an extensive worldwide tour for 2022 which comprises arena shows in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The news comes after Lamar, one of the world’s most critically and commercially acclaimed rappers, released ‘Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers’, his fifth album and first in five years.

Lamar’s last album, ‘DAMN’, famously became the first non-jazz or classical recording to win the Pulitzer Prize and to win five Grammys.

The rapper’s newly announced tour, dubbed ‘The Big Steppers Tour’, will kick off in the US on 19 July and culminate in New Zealand on 16 December.

The worldwide run is promoted by Live Nation and sponsored by Amazon Music, Rotation and Cash App

Support comes from American rapper Baby Keem (all dates) and Tanna Leonne (select dates), both of which are signed to Lamar’s record label, pgLang.

The worldwide run is promoted by Live Nation and sponsored by Amazon Music, Rotation and Cash App – customers of which can bag the first tickets to the tour.

Lamar’s last headlining tour came in 2017 in support of DAMN, and similarly toured the US, Europe, Oceana and Asia.

According to Pollstar Boxoffice reports, the DAMN Tour grossed $41.4 million with 452,387 tickets sold in 36 shows in North America.

Lamar averaged 9,789 tickets per show and $790,018 gross, which this new run is expected to easily surpass.

See dates for The Big Steppers Tour below.

Tue Jul 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

Thu Jul 21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center

Fri Jul 22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

Sat Jul 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

Sun Jul 24 – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud

Wed Jul 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Fri Jul 29 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center

Sat Jul 30 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

Sun Jul 31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Tue Aug 02 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

Thu Aug 04 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena

Fri Aug 05 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Sat Aug 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Sun Aug 07 – Long Island, NY – UBS Arena

Tue Aug 09 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

Wed Aug 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

Fri Aug 12 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

Sat Aug 13 – Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

Sun Aug 14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Tue Aug 16 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

Thu Aug 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

Fri Aug 19 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Sat Aug 20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

Sun Aug 21 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center

Tue Aug 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Wed Aug 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena

Fri Aug 26 – Portland, OR – Moda Center

Sat Aug 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena

Sun Aug 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Tue Aug 30 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

Wed Aug 31 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

Thu Sep 01 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

Tue Sep 06 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at San Diego State University

Wed Sep 07 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

Fri Sep 09 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

Sat Sep 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center

Tue Sep 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

Wed Sep 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

Fri Oct 07 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome

Mon Oct 10 – Prague, CZ – O2 Arena

Tue Oct 11 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena

Thu Oct 13 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena

Sat Oct 15 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena

Mon Oct 17 – Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena

Wed Oct 19 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena

Fri Oct 21 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena

Mon Oct 24 – Stuttgart, DE – Scheleyerhalle

Tue Oct 25 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion

Wed Oct 26 – Laussane, CH – Vaudoise Aréna

Fri Oct 28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis

Sun Oct 30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena

Mon Oct 31 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle

Wed Nov 02– Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro

Thu Nov 03 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena

Fri Nov 04 – Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena

Sat Nov 05 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena

Mon Nov 07 – London, UK – The O2

Tue-Nov 08 – London, UK – The O2

Sun Nov 13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena

Wed Nov 16 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

Thu Dec 01 – Perth, AUS – RAC Arena

Sun Dec 04 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena

Thu Dec 08 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena

Mon Dec 12 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Center

Fri Dec 16 – Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena

 


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The Rolling Stones announce European stadium tour

The Rolling Stones have announced a 60th-anniversary tour of Europe, including two dates at AEG’s American Express Presents BST Hyde Park.

The ‘Sixty’ tour will commence on 1 June, visiting stadiums in Munich, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Bern, Milan, London, Brussels, Vienna, Lyon, Paris, Gelsenkirchen and Stockholm.

The 14-date run will see the band performing at the home of Liverpool FC, Anfield, for the Stones’ first Liverpool show in more than 50 years.

The tour will also mark the band’s return to London’s BST Hyde Park for the first time since 2013 when they played two sold-out shows to 130,000 fans.

The rock legends have a storied history with Hyde Park, with their 1969 Stones In the Park show becoming one of the most famous concerts of all time.

“Nobody brings it like the Stones when they’re on home turf in London”

Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, says: “Whenever Hyde Park is mentioned, it’s impossible not to think of the Rolling Stones.

“Two nights on 25 June and 3 July cap off an incredible lineup for BST Hyde Park 2022 but nobody brings it like the Stones when they’re on home turf in London.”

The London and Liverpool dates are the first UK shows that the Stones have announced since the death of their drummer Charlie Watts last year.

As with their ‘No Filter’ US dates last year, Watts will be replaced by Steve Jordan, a session musician who has played with the band since the 1980s.

Watts, who joined the band in 1963, died of an unspecified illness last August at the age of 80.

See tour dates for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sixty’ tour below.

JUNE
01 – Wanda Metropolitano Stadium – MADRID, SPAIN
05 – Olympic Stadium – MUNICH, GERMANY
09 – Anfield Stadium – LIVERPOOL, UK
13 – Johan Cruijff ArenA – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
17 – Wankdorf Stadium – BERN, SWITZERLAND
21 – San Siro Stadium – MILAN, ITALY
25 – American Express Presents BST Hyde Park – LONDON, UK

JULY
03 – American Express Presents BST Hyde Park – LONDON, UK
11 – King Baudouin Stadium – BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
15 – Ernst Happel Stadium – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
19 – Groupama Stadium – LYON, FRANCE
23 – Hippodrome ParisLongchamp – PARIS, FRANCE
27 – Veltins-Arena – GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY
31 – Friends Arena – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

 


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FKP’s Ed Sheeran tour ends with 750,000 tickets sold

As Ed Sheeran closed the latest European leg of his ÷ tour at the PGE Narodowy Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, organisers FKP Scorpio celebrated their most successful tour to date. Across shows in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Poland, a total of 750,000 tickets were sold, numbers which only go further to cementing Sheeran’s place as the most successful musician in the world today.

Among the list of successful sell-out shows was his July performance at Hamburg’s Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld stadium which attracted 80,000 people, Sheeran’s biggest crowd in mainland Europe this year. Following in the footsteps of rock legends like the Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters, who have both played the venue in the last year, Sheeran’s one-man show impressed fans, organisers and local officials alike.

“An artist who can capture a giant stadium all on his own, while creating such a relaxed and indeed magical atmosphere, demonstrates true art.”

Speaking of the unprecedented success of the ÷ tour, FKP managing director Folkert Koopmans says: “The huge crowds of fans that Ed Sheeran now attracts speak for themselves.

“An artist who can capture a giant stadium all on his own, while creating such a relaxed and indeed magical atmosphere, demonstrates true art. His tour is the largest that we, as his promoter, have organised in recent months – even bigger than the Rolling Stones.”

2018 has been Sheeran’s most successful to date. Alongside some 750,000 ticket sales in Europe alone and record-smashing runs in Australasia, the ÷ tour’s performance worldwide has earned him the top spot on Pollstar’s mid-year Top 100 Tours chart. With 2,624,148 tickets sold globally – equalling profits of $213.9 million –  in the first half of the year, the rest of 2018 is projected to be just as fruitful for the Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter.

 


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Glass Animals drummer seriously injured in bike accident

English indie rock band Glass Animals have cancelled the remainder of their 2018 tour dates, as well as support shows with Beck, after drummer Joe Seaward was seriously injured in a road accident.

In a statement on the band’s Instagram page, frontman Dave Bayley explained Seaward had been hit by a truck whilst on his bike in Dublin. After breaking his leg on impact, Seaward then became tangled in the truck’s trailer, where he sustained a complex fracture to his skull.

“Miraculously and thankfully, he is alive,” the statement reads. Seaward has since been operated on twice, once to help his leg and the other to reshape his fractured skull. The operation to corrected his skull initially left him unable to speak properly. Bayley writes: “The operation was successful, but the collapsed skull had bruised and damaged the area of the brain responsible for speech.

“Miraculously and thankfully, he is alive”

“Initially Joe was only able to get out one word… ‘I’… but each day he is finding more.”

Since the two operations, Bayley says the drummer is making good progress. Trying to soften the blow to fans and lighten the news, Bayley jokes that the pins now holding the two halves of Seawards femur together means, “basically he is now Wolverine.”

The band have apologised for not being able to make the shows, with the statement saying that Seaward’s injuries are not likely to heal in time to make any shows before the end of the year.

Glass Animals shows that have been cancelled include a sold-out show in Tampa, Florida, as well as shows in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and France and festival appearances at Mad Cool and Velorama. All tickets for shows will be refunded at the point of purchase.

 


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