Kia ora friends,
In unfortunate news, DIIV have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel - instead of postpone - their upcoming Australian and New Zealand tours. The band, and us, and our friends in Australia (Mistletone), tried our best to make this happen for later in the year, but unfortunately the future of international tours is entirely uncertain due to Covid-19, and the risks in attempting to forge ahead with this were just far too great.
As such, Banished Music and Strange News Touring - in association with Undertheradar.co.nz and 95bFM - have decided to cancel Strange Universe #001, and revisit the concept when the dust has settled.
We were so excited to bring you these incredible line-ups, and want to thank Cut Off Your Hands, Wax Chattels, Imugi 이무기, Womb, and DJ Mealy Worm for jumping on board.
We, Reuben Bonner from Banished, and Matthew Crawley from Strange News, are still dreaming big, and when the time is right, you can be sure Strange Universe will ride again, with a cool leather jacket and flames down the side.
Refunds for the Auckland show will be made automatically via Ticketmaster, and Banished Music will contact all Wellington ticket holders in the next 24 hours to arrange refunds.
Which is this email, here.
a) Please let us know if you would like us to process your refund.
b) If you are in a position to forgo your refund please let us know in response to this email as you can use the proceeds from your ticket (or part thereof) to donate to organisers to help offset significant tour losses.
c) If you would like to support us in an awesome way to win an incredible prize, please go and purchase as many raffle ticket as you can afford from Banished 4 Life!
We have a very special ticket set up there for proceeds going towards covering the significant costs incurred from the Strange Universe cancellation.
By buying one (or more) of these, you will support us to stay in the fight to bring live music to town, but also, you will go in the draw to win a double pass to every Banished Music promoted show for the rest of time, AND a double pass to every Strange News promoted show for the rest of time too! In case you didn't know Strange News has promoted the likes of Moon Duo, Kurt Vile, The National, Wire, and Beirut, and a squillion more.
What a prize!
Those forgoing their whole refunds, will automatically go into the draw with these, with three tickets each with the winner being drawn on September the 1st.
Once again, we are sorry to be the bearers of bad news. We're really disappointed and know you will be too.
Thanks for your understanding.
Stay safe friends, and see you soon
Banished Music & Strange News