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The support acts for The Smith Street Band’s upcoming headlining tour have cancelled their appearances in the wake of allegations of abuse against frontman Wil Wagner.
Last night, it was reported that The Smith Street Band’s frontman, Wil Wagner, had issued a statement responding to allegations of emotional abuse made against him.
The allegations were made public last week when a series of emails allegedly sent to a former girlfriend of Wagner’s were shared via Instagram.
Shortly after Wagner addressed these allegations, Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq came forward to reveal that she was the source of the leaked emails, issuing her own statement in regards to the situation as well.
Now, the fallout has continued, with the support acts for The Smith Street Band’s upcoming tour announcing they will no longer be joining the band on the road.
The tour, which is scheduled to take place next month, was set to feature The Beths and Sweater Curse in the support slots. However, in messages posted to Instagram overnight, both acts revealed they will no longer be playing these shows.
As triple j notes, New Zealand rockers The Beths explained that they “won’t be supporting with the Smith Street Band on their Australian tour,” apologising to fans in the process.
“We don’t want to support this abuser and we stand with the victims involved.”
The group also explained that they will “still be playing headline shows”, but have advised fans to bear with them while they make arrange their new dates.
Likewise, Brisbane’s Sweater Curse also addressed the news, writing “We are sorry to those of you who where planning on coming down early to see us play, but we will be visiting you all soon.”
The Smith Street Band’s ‘I Still Dream About You’ tour is still scheduled to kick off on March 22nd, though no details about replacement support acts have been announced yet.