Bon Iver cancels ‘Come Through’ shows with TU Dance after company’s co-founder accused of sexual harassment

The performances were to be staged in Houston, Nashville, and New Orleans at the end of February. Ticket holders have been offered refunds and the band has no plans to reschedule these canceled shows


                            Bon Iver cancels ‘Come Through’ shows with TU Dance after company’s co-founder accused of sexual harassment
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Bon Iver have decided to cancel their upcoming 'Come Through' shows featuring the Minnesota dance group, TU Dance, after the company’s co-founder, Uri Sands, was accused of sexual harassment. The performances were to be staged in Houston, Nashville, and New Orleans at the end of February.

Ticket holders have been offered refunds and the band has no plans to reschedule these canceled shows. However, Bon Iver has clarified that these cancellations will not affect any of their other 2020 tour dates via tweets. 

The band tweeted from their official handle, saying: "Due to circumstances outside our control, all upcoming performances of 'Come Through' have been canceled. These decisions are never taken lightly by the Bon Iver team; our deepest apologies to fans who’ll miss out on these performances. Bon Iver will be back to your area soon. All tickets for these shows will be refunded at point of purchase and these performances will not be rescheduled. This cancellation only affects the 'Come Through' shows originally scheduled in Houston, Nashville, and New Orleans at the end of February. All other remaining Bon Iver tour dates are still scheduled as planned."

Bon Iver had released their most recent album, 'I, I', last August and had earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. It is understandable why they would like to distance themselves from the scandal. The collaboration between TU Dance and Bon Iver for the 'Come Through' show began in 2018.

Since then, the show has been staged in quite a few locations like the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York. 

Uri Sands had already resigned from the company on December 31 after a lawsuit was filed by a former employee accusing him of sexual harassment. An attorney for the accuser, Jeff Anderson, was quoted in a Star Tribune article, saying Sands had “sexually exploited” his client and described the conduct as “non-consensual sexual intercourse.”

While Sands has admitted to being in a sexual relationship with the employee (who was not named in her lawsuit), he has denied the allegations of misconduct via an attorney. Bon Iver's tour dates are available here.

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