Indie pop duo Tegan and Sara have cancelled their Australian and New Zealand tour because of illness.
Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin were to be headliners at the Sydney Mardi Gras Party this weekend, followed by shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and New Zealand.
Tegan broke the news to fans on Facebook, saying she became ill on the last days of their European tour last month.
“Even while taking antibiotics and steroids, I still lost my voice completely,” she wrote on Facebook.
“After a second round of antibiotics and steroids upon returning home last week, I still have not recovered my voice or received a clean bill of health.
“At the recommendation of my GP, I have decided to postpone our Australian/New Zealand tour to continue my recovery and ensure I don’t do longer-term damage to my singing voice and health.
“It is a point of pride that we always follow through with our commitments, and in 17 years of touring I can count on one hand the number of shows we’ve had to cancel.
“I send our deep apologies to our fans, our team in Australia and New Zealand, as well as our promoters.
“To fans who have made travel plans and those who will be disappointed to hear this news, please know that we will be missing you all this coming week and promise to make it up to you soon.”
Sydney Mardi Gras said in a statement: “We wish Tegan a speedy recovery. We are currently in discussions with other artists to join the line-up.”