Crowded House have announced the postponement of the final four dates of their Australian tour after Neil Finn tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and is now self-isolating.
“I am absolutely crushed to have to postpone the last four shows of our Australian tour as I tested positive yesterday morning for Covid,” Finn shared in a statement. “In these very difficult conditions for touring, we were staying in our bubble and observing very strict protocols but somehow the virus still slipped through.
I am relieved to be only experiencing mild symptoms at this stage and grateful for the protection that my triple boosted vaccination is providing. I am so sorry to disappoint our fans this coming week, but rest assured we will be back to make good.”
The band were scheduled to play Hobart’s Mystate Bank Arena tonight, followed by Canberra’s Royal Theatre on Thursday, April 21st. The other two postponed shows were A Day on the Green dates at Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong on Saturday, April 23rd, and Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley on Sunday, April 24th. Crowded House were set to play with Stella Donnelly and The Waifs at the events.
The remaining four shows on the band’s Dreamers Are Waiting tour will now be rescheduled, with fans being strongly encourages to keep hold of their tickets. When they’re confirmed, existing ticket holders will be notified of the rescheduled dates via the official ticketing agency. Tickets for the A Day on the Green dates will also be valid for the corresponding rescheduled shows without the need for exchange.
Prior to the postponement, the Dreamers Are Waiting tour had received strong reviews. The Guardian hailed it as “a joyous and long-awaited return to Australia,” even noting that for some fans it felt like “a quasi-religious experience”; The Age, meanwhile, wrote that “Crowded House filled the (Sidney Myer) Bowl with love.”