Santigold Cancels North American Tour Citing Changing Industry and Artist Welfare

Santigold-by-Frank-Ockenfels-Shake - Credit: Frank Ockenfels

Santigold-by-Frank-Ockenfels-Shake – Credit: Frank Ockenfels

Santigold has rejected His upcoming North American tour. In a lengthy note to fans posted on her website, the singer explained that the reality of being on the road post-pandemic isn’t sustainable for musicians, noting that “the landscapes we’re re-entering are the same. are not.”

“As a touring musician, I don’t think anyone anticipated the new reality that awaited us,” Santigold wrote. “After sitting idle (not being able to do shows) for the past two years, with most of us making little or no income during that time, like most of us, every musician who could, jumped right back in when it came down to it. It was considered safe to do. shows We faced the height of inflation — prices for gas, tour buses, hotels and flights skyrocketed — with many of our tried-and-true venues available due to a flooded market of artists trying to book shows in the same cities. There are not, and positive test results consistently delay the schedule with disastrous financial consequences.”

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He added, “All this is on top of the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional resources already tapped into making it through the last few years. Some of us find ourselves unable to make it work. “

The musician noted that he had looked at “every angle”, but concluded, “I just don’t have it. I can’t make it work.” He added that it was important for him to be honest about the situation as it is happening to many artists around the world.

“I want to let you know that this has taken a toll on me — through anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, chronic pain, and losing valuable time with my children,” Santigold explained. “The place I’m in, the place the music business is, it feels like I’m hanging on, trying to make it to the ever-distant finish line, but my vehicle is completely breaking down. Time — the bumper fell off, the wheels one by one, the steering wheel, and finally the whole thing. And here I am thinking, ‘Should I grab the door and run?’ And my little heart that is working beyond its limits, in fact my whole body and my soul too, is screaming at me ‘No Muthafuka! pull. the fuck More!’”

She concluded the letter affirming, “I will not continue to sacrifice myself for an industry that has become so unstable, and have no interest in the welfare of artists.”

Santigold’s most recent LP. spiritual, arriving on September 9 via his own label Little Jerk. His Hallowed Tour was scheduled to begin on October 9 in Atlanta. All tickets for the tour will be refunded.

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