Internet outage derails The Weeknd Tour opener at the last minute

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A massive internet outage in Canada caused the postponement of the first show of The Weeknd’s long-awaited tour, which was announced just hours before it was due to kick off in Toronto over the weekend. Initial hopes of simply letting fans print their tickets before heading to the venue proved impossible given only mobile ticketing systems in place, with no venue staff or consumers able to access the tickets they bought for the show had bought.

The Weeknd was reportedly already at the venue and ready to perform when the final decision was made to cancel the show.

“I’m devastated and heartbroken,” The Weeknd wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been at the venue all day, but because of the Rogers failure, it’s out of my hands. Operations and safety are compromised and I did my best. This one hurts the most and we’re going to make this show happen, but unfortunately not tonight. I know how long you’ve waited and how hard many of you worked to make it to the show and share this special moment with me. I can’t wait to see you all.”

Tickets for the Toronto show will be redeemed on the rescheduled date when it is announced. The postponement means Thursday’s concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will be the first on the tour, which replaces touring plans that had been long postponed by the pandemic. Shifting to the stadiums while maintaining sky-high prices appears to have backfired on the singer, as most stops appear to still have huge amounts of tickets available in the primary market. The tour had already had to change direction due to the departure of the first opening at Doja Cat.

Many fans expressed dismay at the last-minute cancellation of the show as many had already traveled to Toronto for the performance and would not be paying for their accommodation and gas/airfare expenses and would be forced to make the decision of whether or not to make it back for the new show (or try to sell their tickets in a flooded market).

The full After Hours Til Dawn World Tour (US Leg) schedule is below, along with links to ticket marketplaces.

The Weeknd Ticket Links

Tickets at the Event Ticket Center
Tickets at game time
Cards at ScoreBig
Maps at SeatGeek
Maps at StubHub
Tickets in the ticket club | Free membership offer
Tickets at TicketNetwork
Tickets at TicketSmarter
Tickets at Vivid Seats

The Weeknd After Hours Til Dawn World tour dates

Fri, July 8 – Rogers Center | Toronto, Canada (POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBD)
Thu, July 14 – Lincoln Financial Field | Philly, PA, USA
Sat, July 16 – Metlife | New York, New York, United States
Thu, July 21 – Gillette Stadium | Boston, MA, USA
Sun, July 24 – Soldiers’ Field | Chicago, Illinois, USA
Wed, July 27 – Ford Field | Detroit, MI, USA
Sat, July 30 – Fedex Field | Washington, D.C., USA
Thu, Aug 4 – Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, FL, USA
Sat, Aug 6 – Hard Rock Stadium | Miami, FL, USA
Thursday, 08/11 – Mercedes Benz Stadium | Atlanta, GA, USA
Sun, Aug. 14 – AT&T Stadium | Arlington, TX, USA
Thu, Aug 18 – Empower Field At Mile High | Denver, CO, USA
Sat, Aug 20 – Allegiant Stadium | Las Vegas, NV, USA
Tue, Aug 23 – BC Place | Vancouver, Canada
Thu, August 25 – Lumenfeld | Seattle, WA, USA
Sat, Aug 27 – Levi’s Stadium | San Francisco, California, United States
Tue, Aug 30 – State Farm Stadium | Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Fri, 2.9. – SoFi Stadium | Los Angeles, California, United States

Last updated on July 12, 2022 by Dave Clark

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