Singer Noah Kahan apologises for ‘Dublin, UK’ label on concert merch


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American singer and songwriter Noah Kahan apologised for his controversial concert patches. The patch for his Irish show was labelled “Dublin, UK” instead of “Dublin, Ireland,” triggering Irish fans’ rage.

The controversy started on January 18, when Kahan shared on social media platform X the release of “2024 Tour Patch Adventure.” Kahan and his team designed these patches, and fans could buy them at each stop of the “We’ll All Be Here Forever Tour.” Each patch displays his name, the show’s date, and location.

Purchasing these patches will make fans part of the “Noah Kahan Patch Club,” encouraging them to collect, trade, and wear these exclusive patches as unique souvenirs from each show. However, the mishap happened for the Dublin patch.

Social media platforms soon filled with fans expressing confusion and disappointment over the apparent error.

“This one needs to be changed. Dublin is NOT in the UK,” said one fan.

“I’m so excited to get one at the Dublin show, but Ireland isn’t in the UK,” another Kahan’s dedicated fan said.

Noah, we love you but this has to change. Dublin is in Ireland, not the UK.

Irish fan

Meanwhile, one fan was trying to inform Kahan about the merch design error on social media. “Love this but ummm you might want to change the Dublin one to Dublin, Ireland and not UK,” said a fan on X with an attached picture of the promotional patch.

Kahan noticed the fan’s post and said that he would let his team know to solve this issue.

Kahan addressed the issue immediately through a TikTok story. The 27-year-old acknowledged that he had made a “terrible mistake” in not double-checking the details before the promotional materials were finalised and distributed.

He apologised for any inconvenience or confusion caused by the error, assuring fans that steps would be taken to correct it moving forward. “To all my Irish fans, I am terribly sorry about the mistake, which you have every right to be offended by,” he said.

Kahan emphasised his deep connection to Ireland, saying that he felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Hozier ⏤ a famous Irish musician⏤ on the track “Northern Attitudes.”

The 27-year-old expressed his love for fans, saying he will soon meet them at his concert on February 8. The tickets for his concert at the 3Arena are currently sold out and will now include the corrected patch with “Dublin. I.E.” as the location. The new patches will be sold in limited supply.

Rise of the TikTok indie singer

With his upcoming tour and multiple sold-out shows, Kahan is starting 2024 with a promising career ahead. He has been making waves in the music industry since the release of the deluxe edition of his album “Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever)” on June 9, 2023.

Coming from a small New England town, Kahan’s songs delve into themes of claustrophobia, emotional introspection, and the challenges of self-discovery.

His breakthrough came via TikTok, where he strategically teased snippets of the track “Stick Season” for over two years, building anticipation among fans. Upon release, the album secured the 14th spot on the U.S. Billboard 200, marking Kahan’s first charting album.

The journey continued as Kahan collaborated with renowned artists like Gracie Abrams, Hozier, and Post Malone. Kahan was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 2024 Grammys, a huge achievement for a once-small indie pop artist.

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