Why Solange Canceled Her Australian Shows

While Beyonce is lauded as one of the greatest live performers, her baby sister Solange has become famed in her own right. Loved for her artistic expression and fiery attitude, Solange is one of the most in-demand artists.

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She’s been performing to sold-out arenas since the release of her last two albums and critics enjoy her individuality. She scored big time when she announced a residency in Sydney, Australia but stunned fans when she canceled two of the shows during the residency’s run. 

Why Solange canceled shows for her 2020 performances in Australia?

Australian mates were excited when Solange announced a residency at the famed Sydney Oprah House. The singer’s residency was set to include a run of four shows starting on Jan.  27. Unfortunately, her health caused a roadblock, causing her to cancel two shows. An official statement was released on the venue’s website, as reported by Bossip.

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“Solange has made the difficult decision, for health reasons, to shorten her time in Sydney this month. Due to the physical demands of the shows and having sought medical advice, the artist has decided to reduce the number of performances at the Opera House. As a result, the shows on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January 2020 will no longer take place, and will not be rescheduled.”

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Ticketholders were also sent the communication via email, that read in part, “Solange apologizes for any disappointment and looks forward to putting on the best show possible for her Australian fans on the two remaining dates.” 

This isn’t the first time Solange has canceled shows for health reasons

Rolling Stone reported in Dec. 2017 that the Seat At the Table singer canceled a New Year’s Eve date for health issues. The show was set to take place during the Afropunk Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Solange revealed she canceled her appearance under doctor’s orders and had been battling autoimmune issues for several months. 

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“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an autonomic disorder. It’s been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me,” she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post. “Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all,” she explained of her symptoms. “It’s a complicated diagnoses, and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after.”

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There are several different forms of autonomic disorders. They normally involve a breakdown of the nervous system that controls involuntary bodily functions. Solange is not alone in her battle. Singer Toni Braxton also battles an autoimmune disorder, Lupus, which affects her ability to perform at times. 

At the time, Solange promised to make up the date at a later time.

Solange gives killer performances in remaining Australian shows 

Luckily, Solange delivered with the other two performances and received rave reviews. The Sydney Morning Herald praised Solange and all of her blackness that was showcased throughout the show. The band, background singers and dancers were all African-American and donned all-black attire throughout the performance. 

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“Solange’s performance piece Witness! felt like being plugged into a synesthetic dream-world: one where black identity, black female expression and black hair took centre-stage,” the reviewer wrote.

Fans have more of Solange to look forward to this year. She was recently added to the line up as one of the performers at the 2020 Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City. The festival will run June 5-7.