Chromeo have scrapped their upcoming tour Australia citing health reasons.
The Canadian electro-funk duo was slated to play three shows, starting with a July 20 slot on the Splendour In The Grass festival in Byron Bay and kicking on with headline sjhows at Max Watt's in Melbourne (July 21) and Metro Theatre in Sydney (July 22).
Those performances have been scrapped for reasons which aren’t entirely clear. A statement issued Monday suggests the duo are battling with exhaustion due to the “rigors” their touring commitments. “To our funkateers & chromettes in Australia,” write Chromeo’s David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel in an open letter. “We are truly sorry to announce that our upcoming July shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Splendour In The Grass have been canceled. It's been so long since we’ve visited you last and we were so excited to play for you. Unfortunately, the rigors our touring schedule have caught up with us and we need to prioritize our health and well being. We're being told that this period would be best served as a time to rest. This was not an easy call to make. We hope you understand. Please know that we're doing everything we can to reschedule our time in Australia. We will see you all soon.”
Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring Company was producing Chromeo’s Australian headline shows, for which Alice Ivy and Sam Bluer were billed as special guests. “We sincerely apologize to those impacted by this cancelation,” Frontier Touring notes. Aussie electronic duo The Presets will replace the hip-hoppers on the Splendour bill.
Chromeo’s fifth studio album Head Over Heels (Warner Music) dropped last month and peaked at No. 91 on the Billboard 200.