Sam Gellaitry Drops Off Joji Tour, Australian Headline Date

15 November 2023 | 9:25 am | Mary Varvaris

At the end of his statement, posted to social media yesterday, Sam Gellaitry promised to return to Australia.

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Scottish record producer and DJ Sam Gellaitry has pulled out of his appearances in Australia, which were due to begin tomorrow at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena.

Gellaitry was on the bill to open for Joji on his first-ever headline tour of Australia and New Zealand. In addition to those dates, Gellaitry was due to play a headline show at Sydney’s Civic Underground on Friday, 17 November.

Explaining that he’s “physically and mentally drained” following months of touring and travelling, Gellaitry said that he couldn’t “deliver the performances you all deserve”. At the end of his statement, posted to social media yesterday, he promised to return to Australia. You can read his complete statement below.

I am very sad to say that unfortunately I have to cancel my upcoming Australia shows including my dates with Joji. After the last few months of traveling/touring I am both physically and mentally drained and I just can't deliver the performances you all deserve. I was really looking forward to this especially since it's been so long since I've played in Australia. Your support and understanding mean everything to me and I promise to be back. Thank you.

What his cancellation of the Australian dates means for New Zealand fans is uncertain – the Joji headline date at Auckland’s Spark Arena is scheduled for Wednesday, 22 November. However, on the Frontier Touring website, Gellaitry is no longer mentioned as a special guest, with SavageRealm the only support act listed.

In late September, Gellaitry released his new EP, Under The Illusion, and signed with Warner Records’ dance label, Major Recordings.

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“For this project, I decided to make an EP focused solely on dance music, which actually feels like returning home after a long time away for me,” Gellaitry said in a press release. “I started making music due to my fascination with Daft Punk and French House when I was ten, so it’s almost bizarre that I haven't officially dropped a project dedicated to the genre that got me started off in the first place! These tracks are intended for nighttime usage.”

Check out the EP below.