Santigold has decided to cancel her upcoming Holified tour, which was intended to support her just-released new album, spiritual. Send a lengthy note to its administrator websiteSantee White apologized for having to cancel the tour and showcased the specific challenges faced by artists touring with inflation and the current post-pandemic scene. “As a touring musician, I don’t think anyone anticipated the new reality that was waiting for us [after COVID]White writes. “After sitting idle (inability to perform) for the past two years, so many of us, like everyone else, earning little or no income during that time, every able musician rushed out immediately when it was safe We’ve been met with soaring inflation – gas prices, tour buses, hotels and flight costs soared – many of our tried-and-true venues are unavailable due to the flooding of the market for artists trying to book shows in the same cities, and positive testing results consistently disrupted schedules with devastating financial consequences. That is in addition to the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional resources that have just been tapped into over the past few years. Some of us find ourselves simply unable to make it work.”
Read White’s full statement below:
I am sad and proud at the same time to announce my decision to cancel the Holified Tour.
I am sad because it breaks my heart to disappoint those of you who constantly go out to show love and support me for what I do, those of you who have bought tickets and planned upcoming trips and see me. When I think about the frustration of all of you, I feel a deep disappointment in my stomach as well. I was excited to finally be back with you in person to celebrate and bring to life the music of this new record. I know that without you I wouldn’t have been able to keep making music all these years, and I’m so grateful.
But over the past several years, we have all experienced enormous challenges, some physical, some mental, some spiritual, and some economic. However, as we began to move forward, a lot of the losses from that experience were left unaddressed as we rush back in, trying to make up for lost time, reconnect, and make up for unpaid bills, to escape the madness that we’re beginning to see. For many of us, the landscapes we re-enter are not the same.
As a touring musician, I don’t think anyone anticipated the new reality that lay ahead. After sitting idle (not being able to do performances) for the past two years, many of us like everyone else, earning little or no income during that time, every musician who could, rush out immediately when it was safe to do shows . We’ve been met with rising inflation – gas prices, tour buses, hotels, and airfare have gone up – many of our tried-and-true venues are unavailable due to a flooded market for artists trying to book shows in the same cities, and positive test results consistently disrupted schedules with devastating financial consequences. All in addition to the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional resources that have just been tapped into over the past few years. Some of us find ourselves simply unable to make it work.
In my case, I tried and tried, I looked at what it might take from every angle, and I simply don’t have it. I can’t make it work. I’m actually going to explain it more later because I think it’s important for people to really know what it’s like here for artists and I don’t think enough of us talk about it publicly. I’ve seen a couple of articles begin to emerge, literally over the past few days, just as I am beginning to write this letter to you, about musicians who have canceled tours, prioritizing themselves over the demands of a relentless industry. But for now, I’d like to tell you, it’s taken a toll on me – through anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, chronic pain, and missing out on critical time with my kids. Where I’m at, where the music works, I feel like I’ve been holding on, trying to get to the far finish line, but my car has been falling apart the whole time – the bumper fell off, the wheels fell off one by one, the steering wheel, and finally the whole bottom fell off. And now I’m thinking, “Should I lift the doors and just run?” And my little heart working out of bounds, my whole body actually and my soul too, yelling at me “There’s no mutafuka! Pull the damn. On!”
I come to you with honesty rooted in my music. How can I release a Spirituals album about honoring yourself, refusing to push your limits, and not taking this opportunity to do it myself? I want you to understand that I am proud to cancel this tour when it means that I declare that I, the person who writes the songs, is as important to me as the songs. I will not continue to sacrifice myself for an industry that has become unsustainable and unconcerned with the welfare of the artists on which it was built.
I love you all. I hope to see you soon.
Note: Your tickets will be refunded. Each of you who has purchased a ticket, when you email your proof of purchase to VIP@santigold.com, will also get a VIP membership. With this membership, you’ll have access to early releases, ads, options to purchase special items, and other exclusive experiences that I’ll create just for this group.
Fellow artists like Lily Allen shared White’s Instagram post, which also contains her tour update. Allen wrote, “He’s so brutal.” “I’m sorry Santi. I loved your post though and I look forward to hearing more about the realities of the music industry, you’re right, we don’t talk about it enough. Send love o.”