AVICII Cancels May 17 Reliant Arena Date

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According to an announcement by Houston promoters Nightculture, Tim Berg, the enormously popular Swedish house DJ known as AVICII, has been forced to cancel the early dates of his upcoming LE7ELS tour, including a stop at Reliant Arena May 17, because changes in the tour's production introduced at the recent Coachella festival in California are not yet ready to bring on the road.

"The production is a reinvention of modern technology in an unexplored area of application, seeing the 3-D mapping is done on an organic surface and mixed in real time," Mark Ward of AVICII's production team says in Nightculture's statement. "In its complexity, we discovered some technical issues at Coachella that could compromise the quality of the experience for the fans, which is why we are recommending we move the tour starting date up to a month later."

That is certainly one of the cooler reasons for a show being canceled or postponed Rocks Off has heard in a while; it's certainly better than "slow ticket sales" or "rehab" or "scheduling conflicts" (which usually means "slow ticket sales").

Slow ticket sales is almost certainly not the case here. AVICII will be back -- if not in Houston, then definitely in Texas. The show at Reliant Arena would have probably been the biggest EDM event in Houston to date; Reliant Arena is two or three times as big as where most DJ shows go, Rich's or Stereo Live.

Nightculture did not announce a rescheduled Houston date, but said several shows on the LE7ELS tour will be replaced by headlining slots at upcoming festivals. In (possibly) related news, earlier this afternoon a publicist for the Austin City Limits Music Festival said it will announce its 2012 lineup next week.

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