Lauv's 2-Day Sold Out Concert In KL Has Been Cancelled & Malaysians Aren't Happy About It
American singer-songwriter Ari Leff, more commonly known as Lauv, was supposed to perform in Kuala Lumpur later this year on 6 and 7 September
This past April, Lauv officially announced the Asian leg of his tour, The Between Albums Tour, which was scheduled to take place between August to September of this year.
Dropping by multiple destinations across Asia, Lauv is scheduled to begin his tour on 19 August in Tokyo, Japan, with the artiste set to visit other locations such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Seoul, Taipei, Jakarta, Singapore, Manila, and of course, Kuala Lumpur.
Initially scheduled for a one-night-only performance, the singer eventually extended his attendance by adding an additional date in KL, bringing his expected performances to be on 6 and 7 September.
Excited and ready to see the American-Latvian performer, both nights were sold out, as the artiste was anticipated to perform at Plenary Hall in KLCC.
Unfortunately for Lauv fans in Malaysia, his two-night sold out concert has been officially cancelled
Multiple Lauv fans from Malaysia shared the news on X — formerly known as Twitter. In their tweets, fans attached a picture of general emails they received from entertainment company, Live Nation Malaysia, informing them that the concert will not be taking place due to "unforeseen circumstances".
"Refunds will be issued to all ticket holders at their point of purchase. Our ticketing partner, GoLive Asia, will be reaching out to you regarding the refunds," read a portion of the email.
In their closing message, the company apologised to the buyers for any inconvenience the cancellation may have caused.
Check out the full email below:
Other fans also shared a subsequent message from GoLive Asia, notifying them that they will receive a refund from the ticket company through their original mode of payment, and that it may take up to 30 business days for it to be processed.
However, GoLive Asia also stated that the refund amount would exclude the ticket fee and booking charges.
Here is the statement by GoLive Asia to the ticket buyers:
Expressing their sheer frustration over the matter, many Malaysian fans of Lauv took to social media to lament their disappointment over the cancellation
However, multiple fans have expressed a varied take on the reason why Lauv's concert may have been cancelled
A matter that was discussed by separate fans at length regarded a recent TikTok Lauv posted, where he revealed he is part of the LGBTQ+ community, as a bisexual man.
"I just wanna be who I am," the singer wrote in the clip.
In response to him coming out, one fan stated that while they were happy for Lauv being able to express himself freely, it did shed light on the future of his ability to perform in Malaysia.
"So, what now? Are artistes in the LGBT community not allowed to perform in Malaysia? If it's because Lauv is bisexual, it's stupid. They should be allowed to perform as long as they don't talk about it on stage in KL," opined one user.
At the time of writing, neither Lauv nor Live Nation Malaysia have commented publicly on the matter.
Here's keeping our fingers crossed that Lauv will one day come and perform in Malaysia.
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