Last night, Sam Smith started the Cape Town leg of his ‘The Thrill Of It All Tour’. The city is the final stop on his world tour which has seen the singer perform over 100 shows over the past year and selling over one million tickets worldwide. However, 45 minutes into the show, Sam pulled the plug due to his ‘strained voice’.

The show was the first of three Sam was expected to perform in Cape Town during the course of this week. “Sam Smith’s CPT concert tonight has been cancelled. Unfortunately, Sam Smith took strain to his voice & had to stop his performance. Ticket holders will be contacted directly. We will keep you posted with more info for the other CPT performances as it becomes available,” Big Concerts said in a statement shortly after the show was cancelled.

Justin Van Wyk, Big Concerts CEO, however, has confirmed that Sam is being treated for his vocal strain and that the final two shows happening on the 17th and 18th of April will still take place. “This is purely about his voice. For those who were there, he was on fire, he was really owning that room, hitting the right notes and suddenly he just felt it,” Justin says adding that the shows will still go on as planned and any changes will be communicated later in the day.

Sam explained that stopping the show was an incredibly difficult decision and that he’s determined to give fans the best performance he can and, unfortunately, the strain on his vocal chords was holding him back.

Earlier this week, Sam also opened up about the heightened level of anxiety he has been feeling over the past few weeks. “I wanna be more open and honest and I think we should all be more honest about our life experiences on this platform because I think it’s healthy and honest and good for us all,” Sam said in a series of Instagram stories. “The last week, or so I’ve been doing these incredible shows, and from my pics, I look super happy and calm and collected. And I am happy, and sometimes I am calm. But the last few weeks my anxiety has been so f**king intense! I can’t even begin to explain.”

Big Concerts will be engaging with Smith’s team to look at options to compensate the fans.

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