Well this will come as surprising news to precisely no-one but the tour and festival cancellations are coming in thick and fast in the light of restrictions around travel and public gatherings now in place across the UK and the rest of the world. Jeffrey Foucault & Ry Cavanaugh have announced the “cancellation / indefinite postponement” of all April dates in the UK, as has Eileen Rose & The Holy Wreck who had dates planned for April/May, and Frank Turner for his remaining dates this week.
Meanwhile, Red Rooster Festival which had been due to take place in May this year has been postponed and will now take place 4th-6th September at Euston Hall. The organisers said in a statement: “This has not been an easy decision but we hope that in light of the current situation we are all facing together, you can understand this is the right way forward. Our main headliners Richard Hawley and Asleep at The Wheel have confirmed they are available for the new dates and we’re working with agents and management to move the rest of the bill. A further announcement will follow when this is in place.”
Also cancelled is The Gate to Southwell Festival, one of the highlights of the Midlands’ music calendar. In a press release the organisers said: “Although the annual festival would not have taken place until early June, the festival committee was forced to make the difficult decision now in order to limit further expenditure and offer 100 per cent refunds to all ticket buyers and traders.”
“It’s been an incredibly difficult and painful decision for us,” says GTSF Director Mike Kirrage. “We’ve built this festival from nothing over the past 13 years and its grown into one of the most successful and best-loved music events in the Midlands and contributes hugely to the local economy. But given the government’s health and safety guidelines, we have little choice.”
Please do consider if you get tickets refunded from cancelled gigs to go and buy something direct from the artist’s website as these will be tough times ahead for many. We will keep you up to date with any more cancellations or postponements announced.
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