Salt Lake Twilight concert series opening show canceled after headliner pulls out

North Carolina-based band Rainbow Kitten Surprise was scheduled to headline the first show of the 2022 Twilight Concert Series in Salt Lake City on Thursday, but the band canceled the show Thursday and its other scheduled shows in July and August. (Twilight Concert Series)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Thursday night was supposed to be the start of the 35th annual Salt Lake City Twilight series, but the season will have to wait a few more weeks after the first main performer abruptly pulled out hours before the show.

The Salt Lake City Arts Council sent out an email Thursday morning announcing that the show, featuring indie rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise, has been canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances” and will not be rescheduled. All single show tickets will be refunded.

Around the same time, the North Carolina-based band took to Twitter to announce he also canceled the rest of his scheduled shows in July and August, citing mental health issues related to touring.

According to their website, Rainbow Kitten Surprise started a small tour in April. After a short hiatus, the band played a few shows in May and their current tour began in late June, according to the band’s website. The band last performed at the Red Rock Amphitheater in Colorado on Tuesday.

“After being away for the past two years due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to get started with touring. As amazing as it has been to sing and dance with you every night, the toll of life on the road has finally reached its breaking point,” lead singer Ela Melo said in a statement. “I decided it was in my best interests and ours to take this time to regroup and focus on my mental health.”

At least half a dozen shows have also been canceled in addition to Salt Lake City’s Twilight Series event scheduled for Thursday.

The series’ 35th season will launch on August 6 with The Wild Hearts Tour, featuring singer-songwriters Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen and Julien Baker. Quinn Christopherson, the 2019 winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk competition, is set to open.

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