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Ryan Adams UK and Ireland tour cancelled, following abuse accusations

By | Published on Monday 4 March 2019

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams’ upcoming tour of the UK and Ireland has been cancelled, in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse being made against him.

Six women spoke of their experiences with Adams for a New York Times article last month, which also included claims that he had engaged in sexual communications with an underage fan. The FBI subsequently launched an investigation into that latter allegation.

The article was published ahead of what had been planned as an active year for Adams, with a new album and tour dates scheduled. The album, ‘Big Colors’, was due to be released through the musician’s own Pax-Am label, distributed by Universal’s Caroline International, in April. However, it was withdrawn from those digital platforms already offering pre-orders shortly after the publication of the NYT article.

UK and Ireland shows due to begin at the end of this month had remained on sale. Some ticketholders had complained that, in the light of the abuse allegations, they no longer wanted to attend, but that promoters were not offering refunds while the shows were still going ahead. But now they are not.

Primary ticketing firms announced on Friday that refunds for all tickets will be processed today.