Stereophonics scrap gigs in Wales over Covid-19

Stereophonics are postponing their gigs in Wales over the Covid-19 pandemic, with the venue and promoters saying they would be ‘impossible to run safely’.

Following the emergence of the Omicron variant, the band are postponing their shows until next June.

The band said in a statement: ‘Our top priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of fans and all staff working at these shows, as well as the ability to deliver an outstanding fan experience.

‘In light of the evolving public health situation, Principality Stadium and Kilimanjaro Live have taken the proactive but difficult decision to postpone the shows to next year on June 17th and 18th.

‘We are taking the decision now to ensure fans have the maximum time possible to alter their plans accordingly. We apologise to all fans, artists and their crews for any inconvenience caused but we look forward to being back with We’ll Keep A Welcome in June next year.’

Principality Stadium and promoter Kilimanjaro added that they have sought clarification from the Welsh government and that ‘the shows are impossible to run safely and ensure compliance with government guidelines and Welsh law.’

Following the announcement today made by the Principality Stadium & Kilimanjaro Live, unfortunately the shows in Cardiff on the 17th and 18th December have had to be been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and they will now take place on the 17th & 18th June 2022…

All tickets will still be valid for the new shows.

Five cases of Omicron have been found in Wales, but health officials are expecting that to rise.

Stereophonics were previously criticised for not cancelling their Cardiff concert in March last year when the virus was initially spreading across the UK.

The band aren’t the only ones to be postponing shows, with Foo Fighters recently scrapping a show in Minneapolis due to the venue’s Covid policy.

Meanwhile, Steps were forced to cancel the rest of their tour after members of their touring party testing positive for Covid-19.

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