After commencing CRASH: The Live Tour in celebration of her fifth studio album, Charli XCX has announced on Twitter that she is “devastated” to have to cancel both the Brussels (27 May) and Utrecht (28 May) dates and an appearance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend
The pop powerhouse explained: “I have completely lost my voice and despite trying many techniques to revive it, it is not returning. I am under doctors [sic] orders to go on both vocal and physical rest in the hope that my voice will come back as soon as possible.”
She shared further details about her condition: “[…] singing is literally impossible right now and the show is too physical to tackle whilst my glands are flared up and in pain. I’m sorry to let you down, I really am.”
angels coming to the Brussels & Utrecht shows please read. i am so sorry and i’m really disappointed 💔 pic.twitter.com/iv6GCVxuBg— Charli (@charli_xcx) May 27, 2022
Charli rounded off her statement to fans with the announcement that ticket providers for the two affected dates will be reaching out about refunds, with no further information about whether these dates will be rescheduled.
Her fans, who the artist calls her “angels”, reacted with a sense of disappointment to the cancellations, with one fan travelling from Italy expressly for the Brussels show, and another hearing the news as they were driving 7 hours to Utrecht as part of their birthday celebrations. But ultimately, the announcement was met with an outpouring of sympathy and get-well wishes:
Driving almost 7 hours to Utrecht, on my birthday, … yay— 👁 iris 👁 (@itsaandree) May 27, 2022
😭😭😭 travelled from italy just for the show in Brussels 😭😭😭😭 I’m so sad but I hope you can get well soon ily 😭😭😭💗💗💗💗— 🪰 fede 🪰 (@heartlessfred) May 27, 2022
Take care of yourself and rest love, we’re sad but we’ll have a CHARLI LISTENING PARTY to cheer us up and we can’t wait for you to come back to Belgium! 💛— Naud (@Naudb) May 27, 2022
The Brussels and Utrecht shows belong to the second of the four-leg tour, spanning North America, South America and Europe. Kicking off 26 March in Oakland, the English singer-songwriter is set to continue her continent-crossing performances until her date in Santiago on 13 November.
Charli XCX has been supported by a spectrum of artists who complement her future-facing pop ambition, including PC Music’s founding father A. G. Cook and electro-pop outfit Magdalena Bay in North America, with the otherworldly, genre-defying Yeule and past collaborator ELIO taking over for the second phase of the tour in Europe. Until further comment, the tour will continue on 29 May in Coventry.
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