Charli XCX Cancels Remaining Tour Dates with Bleachers

By Philip Cosores

Bad news Charli XCX fans: the pop star has canceled the remaining leg of her “Charli and Jack Do America Tour” for this coming fall. Charli XCX and Bleachers (led, of course, by Jack Antonoff ) just finished their first run of dates, with the next series set to begin on September 14 in Boston, Massachusetts. She will still perform at Antonoff’s “Shadow of the City” festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey on September 19.

Charli cites personal reasons for not being able to continue the tour, but then goes on to list the reasons, defeating the typical use of saying “personal reasons” as an excuse for not having to actually give reasons.

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Charli’s reasons are essentially that she wants to be creative and feels like the endless touring is not allowing her to write songs, thus making her unhappy. And if she is unhappy, she worries she cannot put on a show that people deserve.

Check out the full letter to fans below, in which Charli notes she will still perform at the Shadow Of The City Festival on September 19.

Dear angels, friends and fans.

I have some bad news. Regrettably I will not be continuing my spot on the “Charli and Jack Do America Tour” this coming autumn. For personal reasons I will not be able to continue this tour. These personal reasons include the fact that I need to be creative. Artists tour for a really really long time and I have been on the road for a while now, probably not as long as some, but for me it feels like an eternity. I am struggling to create whilst I’m on the road and that is making me unhappy.

As an artist I need to move quickly and write a lot to not feel restless. Sometimes touring really puts me in this isolated world where I feel down and sad but primarily I struggle to multitask and write songs at the same time which is what I need to do to feel OK. I never want to do a show where I just feel like I’m going through the motions. I want to perform and feel alive and like I want to be there and if I force myself to do this, I will not perform a great show for you.

I had a really wonderful and amazing time touring throughout the first leg with Bleachers, one of the most incredible, energetic and kind bands (and crew) I’ve ever been on the road with. Jack is a star and his show is truly amazing. I will still be joining him for the Shadow Of The City Festival, his own festival, in New Jersey on September 19th.

I am so sorry to all of the angels I am bailing on last minute. Please know this was not an easy decision. I feel terrible letting you down like this and I really I hope I haven’t messed up your plans too much. I’ve been honest and even though some of you will be understandably angry, I hope you can respect my telling the truth in this matter. Once again sorry.

Lots of love Charli xxxxx

Read the follow-up note about her friendship with Jack Antonoff on


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