Dan Sultan apologises for 'disrespectful' Cairns show, postpones remaining dates
Dan Sultan's management have announced the singer will postpone all remaining tour dates following a widely criticised performance in Cairns on Saturday night that Sultan himself admitted was 'inexcusable and disrespectful'.
In the statement, management say that Sultan's health and wellbeing are the highest priority and that ticketholders can either use their current tickets when the shows are rescheduled, or obtain a refund.
"In light of current circumstances we have decided to postpone the remainder of Dan’s Killer Solo Tour," the statement reads.
"We apologise to Dan’s fans for any inconvenience this may cause. Dan’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority at this time and we thank you for your ongoing understanding and support.
"We hope to reschedule the postponed dates once Dan makes a full recovery. While we encourage fans to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for entry to the rescheduled shows, the option to secure a refund is also available via the ticketing outlet or venue from which tickets were purchased."
EARLIER: Dan Sultan has issued an apology for his show in Cairns on Saturday night, saying it was ‘inexcusable and disrespectful’.
Fans flocked to Sultan’s Facebook page to admonish the singer after his performance at the Tanks Arts Centre, many saying they walked out of the show long before its conclusion.
“I want to apologise to all of my fans, particularly those who were at the Cairns show on Saturday night,” Sultan said in a statement this afternoon. “My behaviour was inexcusable and disrespectful.
“I’d also like to extend an apology to the staff at Tanks Arts Centre for what occurred. I am taking stock of my personal situation and am seeking professional help.”
Most complaints suggested Sultan was too inebriated to perform the show, slamming his voice and erratic behaviour, which included falling off a stool on stage.
“You were too drunk to deliver the performance your audience paid to see,” one fan said.
“It was a profoundly sad spectacle,” said another. “No one wants to pay to listen to drunks waffle on or watch them fall over. We could get that for free in Lake Street.”
“Your last gig here was one of the best gigs we’ve ever seen, but tonight was like watching a train wreck,” lamented another fan. "Don’t know what’s going on in your life, but to watch you fall off your stool, sing way off and clearly have no idea about how terrible your performance was, is just so profoundly disappointing and disrespectful to us as an audience and to your own professionalism and talent.”
It wasn’t all negative, one punter praised the unique performance and said that she wasn’t alone in loving Sultan’s performance.
“It wasn't what the audience was expecting but everyone that was around me loved your close connection with the audience, some misunderstood it,” she said.
Sultan, who was one of our highlights of this year’s Bluesfest, was reportedly back on his game the following day with his show at the Townsville Eco Fiesta.
Patrons who wish to seek a refund for their ticket for Saturday night’s Cairns show can call Ticketlink on 1300 855 835.