Shawn Mendes cancels Charlotte and Raleigh concerts indefinitely
Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes has postponed three weeks of shows – including two in North Carolina – citing the need for a mental health break.
Among the canceled shows, which have yet to be rescheduled, are stops in Charlotte and Raleigh. Mendes was scheduled to play at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and PNC Arena in Raleigh on back-to-back nights, July 22 and 23, respectively.
The star announced on Saturday that those shows and 10 others would be postponed indefinitely.
“It breaks my heart to have to say this, but unfortunately I will have to postpone the next three weeks of shows through Unacsville, CT until further notice,” Mendes said in a post on Instagram. “After speaking with my team and medical professionals, I need to take time to heal and take care of myself and my mental health, first and foremost.”
The Spectrum Center and PNC Arena had updated their websites on Sunday announcing the postponed shows. Those who had tickets were asked to save their tickets for a future catch-up date. Refunds were also offered.
“This event has been postponed,” PNC Arena said on its website regarding the July 23 Shawn Mendes show. “Keep your tickets because they are still valid; You will be notified when a new date is announced. If you prefer a refund, you can do so at your original point of purchase.
In his Instagram post, Mendes, 23, said he’s been on tour since he was 15 and while his COVID-forced hiatus offered a break, his return to touring was “premature.”
Mendes plans to resume touring by the end of July with a show in Toronto. It’s unclear when the star might reschedule the North Carolina dates, as her North American tour is booked through October. An international tour then begins in May 2023.