The Weeknd is only a week away from kicking off the highly-anticipated After Hours Til Dawn stadium tour, set to join the worlds of his record-breaking releases After Hours (2020) and Dawn FM (2022). The singer was initially meant to be joined by Doja Cat, but the “Kiss Me More” singer was forced to pull out of the opening slot to undergo tonsil surgery. After weeks of speculation about her replacement act, it has been revealed that The Weeknd will receive support from Kaytranada, Snoh Aalegra, and Mike Dean on select dates.
Mike Dean will join for all 19 dates of the North American tour. Meanwhile, Kaytranada will serve as opener for 15 shows, including stops in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Miami, and more. Snoh Aalegra will perform in Atlanta, Arlington, Seattle, and San Francisco.
“Maybe five percent of our original ‘After Hours’ production still remains for this tour,” The Weeknd’s creative director La Mar Taylor told Variety. “We really went back to the drawing board when we made the decision to switch from arenas to stadiums.”
The original After Hours tour was initially scheduled for arenas before the trek was scrapped in favor of larger stages. If there were any skeptics questioning the switch, The Weeknd’s unforgettable headlining performance at the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime show is proof enough that he’ll be able to pull off a grand scale show night after night on his own tour.
“We definitely took inspiration from the Super Bowl performance — and expanded it,” Taylor added. “There were so many restrictions and constraints around that performance that we could not fully realize the vision we had for it. Now we can.”
The After Hours Til Dawn tour is scheduled to begin on July 8 with a hometown show when The Weeknd takes the stage at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. The North American leg will last through the summer, concluding with two shows at the SoFi Stadium on September 2 and 3. Ticket information can be found on the official The Weeknd website.