Musician Heartbroken After Merch Stolen During Aussie Tour

19 February 2024 | 12:23 pm | Mary Varvaris

Áine Tyrrell has lost "thousands and thousands of dollars of merch", an iPad, tap-and-go device, business cards and more irreplaceable items.

Áine Tyrrell

Áine Tyrrell (Credit: Renae Saxby)

Irish-Australian artist Áine Tyrrell took to social media to share her heartbreak about having music gear stolen out of a hire vehicle over the weekend.

Sharing a bunch of images of what’s been stolen to Instagram yesterday (18 February), Tyrrell asked residents of the Victorian suburb of Northcote to look out for her “make or break” items.

“I’ll start by saying I am so so so grateful I took my precious precious guitars out of the car, but sadly my merch suitcase, stunning stage outfit of LENNI & Superdry coat were stolen out of my Hertz hire car overnight between 130am and 11am,” she wrote.

“The reason I left these things in car??? Really they are of no value to anyone but me and I got in at 130am last night and thought they’d be grand. To me this is a make or break move.”

Items stolen include “thousands and thousands of dollars of Áine Tyrrell specific merch”, hundreds of dollars in cash from merchandise sales, an iPad, a Square tap-and-go device, all her business cards, Barry’s Tea and other irreplaceable items.

She continued, “I don’t know how they broke into the car. I don’t know why. It’s been reported.”

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If you see a suitcase of t-shirts and other items in the Northcote area, Tyrrell urges you to spread her post and hopes to recover her carry-on to avoid further touring losses.

Writing about the “desperate timing” she faces, Tyrrell added, “I know it’s not THAT important it’s only stuff at the end of the day, but this is just such desperate timing as I head to Perth for Hussy Hicks shows and [a show at] Four5Nine and Nannup Music Festival this next weekend and needed all of that merch case fully stocked to be able to break even and not incur more losses touring at the moment.

“💔💔 Speaking to the ancestors now: asking for help.”

You can view the post below.

In April 2023, Áine Tyrrell penned an op-ed for The Music about subverting listeners’ expectations around traditional Irish music.

“I carry on the great Irish tradition of making art cradling that balance of joy and sorrow, pain and triumph. That’s Irish as fuck,” she wrote. You can read the full feature here.