Omicron in NZ: Benee cancels Kiwi shows, says 'touring is impossible' in red setting

Benee has apologised to her fans for being the bearer of bad news amid the Omicron outbreak in Aotearoa, announcing she's been forced to cancel the New Zealand leg of her tour. 

"I've been waiting a long time now to come out and perform for you guys but with Omicron now out in our communities, it looks like this red light system is going to be in place for a while, which basically means that touring is impossible," the 'Supalonley' hitmaker said in a clip shared on Instagram. 

"I'm really feeling for all my friends in the music industry and obviously all of you guys who love watching live music, as I do." 

Benee explained that rather than postpone the shows a second time, she and her team felt they had "no other choice right now" but to cancel. 

"Obviously we've already postponed once, and it feels a little bit vague seeing as we don't really know what's going on," she said. 

"But I promise that I will be touring all around NZ as soon as possible. I really didn't want to have to be making this video, and I didn't honestly think that I would be, but it just shows how quickly COVID can hit us all." 

The 21-year-old said the latest Omicron outbreak was a "really serious thing" and she wouldn't want to put anyone at risk who came to her show. 

"That would just be awful. For now, we're going to cancel, we're going to reset. I've got a bunch of new music I'm going to be releasing in the meantime," she said. 

"I'm so sorry to be bringing the bad news, but look after each other and wear a mask - you know the drill. 

"Hopefully it won't be long. This is not nice for any of us, for any of my team, and not for you guys either. I love you guys and thank you for understanding."