Janelle Monae's tour with Kimbra scrapped

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 07:32 21/05/2014
ILL: Janelle Monae.
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ILL: Janelle Monae.

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The rest of Janelle Monae's Golden Electric Tour with Kiwi star Kimbra, including Saturday's Auckland show, has been scrapped.

Tour promoter Live Nation last night confirmed the cancellation - caused by Monae's sudden and unexplained illness - and said it would not be rescheduled.

Monae and Kimbra were due to play at Vector Arena in Auckland on Saturday.

Monae cancelled her tour opener at Challenge Stadium in Perth last Friday due to a "tight touring schedule".

She then failed to appear in Melbourne at the Forum Theatre on Saturday despite Kimbra telling the crowd Monae was about to perform.

Thirty minutes after Kimbra left the stage disappointed fans were told by Monae's band she was unwell and unable to perform.

They were told they could instead use their tickets at a rescheduled show at the Plenary in Melbourne on May 26, although she was reported to be under doctor's orders to remain in Melbourne for assessment.

The Atlanta singer's unspecified ill health saw earlier Australian shows moved to smaller venues, followed by cancellations.

Monae rescheduled her Sydney show on Monday at the Hordern Pavilion to the smaller Sydney Opera House concert hall, before cancelling it.

Live Nation also moved her planned Brisbane Convention Centre show to the smaller Tivoli, before that show and the rescheduled Melbourne gig were canned last night, putting an end to a tour that never really began.

Live Nation added that a statement would be issued today regarding ticket refunds.

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