Lorde Pulls Out Of Australian Shows To Focus On US Shows
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.04.2014
Including the Gear Up festival...
Rip It Up reports that Lorde has pulled out of the Gear Up Festival in February to focus on her US dates. She was set to be a secret headline announced early this month. Lorde was signed for the show back in May 2013 when she was mostly unknown. Since then she sold more than 1.25 million copies of Pure Heroine in the US and hit #1 in the country. She also had a sold out US tour and won two Grammys including Song of the Year for "Royals".
Festival spokesperson Anne Marie Parsons said: "It's been an amazing rise for Lorde and we are extremely happy for her success. Unfortunately, this success has meant that she has had to pull-out of her commitment to appear at Gear Up 2014. Of course we are extremely disappointed Lorde will not perform at Gear Up 2014 – she's a fantastic artist and it would have been amazing to have an artist of that caliber, so early in their career at our festival."
Parsons said that the festivals are "never about one artist". The festival will still feature several names include Alpine and Miami Horror DJs, who are replacing Lorde.
Daniel Sant, who works for Lorde's booking agency, said: "Unfortunately due to the fact that Lorde is becoming one of the biggest & buzziest artists in the world right now, she is under a lot of pressure from everywhere in the world and it ultimately leads to timelines and goalposts shifting constantly and very quickly."
Sant said her US commitments have grown beyond what was expected and she had to cancel some of her bookings. Lorde had to cancel her show at the Auckland Laneway Festival as well, promising to make it up to her home crowd with a headlining concert at a later date for Laneway ticket holders.
Gear up will take place on February 28 from 3-11 PM at UniSA's City West campus. Tickets are available for $15 for UniSA students and $50 for everyone else, along with a booking fee. The lineup includes Alpine, Miami Horror DJs, San Cisco, Pond, Deep Sea Arcade, The Killgirls, Valkyries, Dead End Friends, DJ Faint One and Tkay Maidza.