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Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Featured, Music | 6 comments

Kings of Leon South Africa & Australia Tour Postponed

===Post Update: 01 Feb 2011 @ 12:15===
KINGS OF LEON NEW SA TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

Big Concerts today confirmed that the Kings of Leon tour to South Africa, which was postponed due to surgery on drummer Nathan Followill’s torn right labrum and bicep, has been officially moved to October 2011. The new tour dates, presented by Nokia and 5fm, are scheduled for Cape Town Stadium (on the 26th October 2011) and FNB Stadium (on the 29th October 2011).

Fans with tickets to the original March 2011 tour dates are advised to simply hold on to their tickets, which will be valid upon presentation at the venues for the October shows. In cases where the ticketholder is unable to attend the October dates (for whatever reason), a full refund is available upon exchanging the ticket at any Computicket outlet nationwide (this must be done before 31st March 2011).

Tickets for the two concerts now scheduled for October 2011 are available to purchase through Computicket and prices range from R215 – R590 (subject to availability).

===Post Update Ends===

A quiet tweet by Kings of Leon member Nathan Followill suggests that their scheduled March tour dates for Johannesburg and Cape Town (as well as dates in Australia) will be postponed:

nathan followill@doctorfollowill nathan followill

Sorry to all the fans in Australia and South Africa. My bum wing needs more time to heal but we’ll be back later this year. Sorry again.

http://twitter.com/#!/doctorfollowill/status/31168262809067520

It is known that Nathan is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained whilst on vacation late last year. The drummer tore his right labrum while trying to reel in a catamaran sail.

Whilst there is no official word on either the bands’ web site or on their Facebook page, the tweet was made via Nathans’ verified Twitter account.

A further tweet from Jared Followill settles the discussion:

jared followill@youngfollowill jared followill

Well, I now have March off. Any ideas for fun? I could always fly down to Australia and party anyway. I need some sun.

http://twitter.com/youngfollowill/status/31179358802550784

Press Release sent out to Aussie Media from Frontier Touring, the KoL tour company there:

The Frontier Touring Company regret to advise that the Kings Of Leon tour has been postponed from March 2011 to November 2011 to allow drummer Nathan Followill to recover from surgery for a torn right labrum and bicep. Doctors have advised that at least three months will be required for Nathan to recover post surgery to ensure the injury doesn’t reoccur.

KOL ticket-holders should hold onto their tickets until further details are released. A new itinerary is currently being worked up for November and more news will be circulated to fans next week.

Both the Australian and South African tour dates have been affected.

Frontier Touring and the Kings Of Leon apologise to fans for any inconveniences caused by this news.

(src: NovaFM)

More news as it comes to hand.

6 Comments

  1. There’s been a fair amount of muttering about their postponment here as well. Sounds like a good number of people have made flight and hotel bookings that they won’t get refunds for…

    • Thanks for the link Mandy. You’re right: it may be a little redundant since we broke the news early on Saturday morning already, but it is nice to have something official from local SA sources.

  2. Further confirmation now from Big Concerts: http://on.fb.me/fXMKza

    We’ll monitor the situation for updates as to rescheduled dates and ticket refunds, but at this stage is seems that “Fans who have already purchased tickets for the tour should hold onto their tickets until further details are released. A new itinerary is currently being discussed for November and more news will be circulated to fans next week once venue availability can be established.”

  3. Well… i got a SMS from computicket today… and this has been out since Saturday… what a bummer i cant believe we’ll have to wait until October, it almost seems impossible

    • Hi Sistahface – awesomest BlaBla commenter name ever!

      Yeah, have to agree that the reaction time from Computicket & Big Concerts was a little bad. In their defence though, it was weekend and they were waiting for official notification from the bands’ management.

      As for waiting until October, I guess that it is better than them cancelling entirely.

      I guess we’ll just have to be happy with U2 and Rammstein (and maybe Bon Jovi?) until then…

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