Stereophonics axe gigs over Covid fears after ‘superspreading’ at start of pandemic

The Stereophonics have cancelled their gigs because of Covid

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The Stereophonics have cancelled their Christmas gigs because of Covid after been accused of 'superspreading' the virus last year.

The Welsh rockers allowed their concert to go ahead in Cardiff in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic, which lead to widespread criticism.

One fan fumed: "OMG. How incredibly irresponsible! It takes just one corona infected person to be there and the spread will be tremendous."

While another wrote: "Let's hope there wasn't a super spreader there. Madness."

This year the band, which is fronted by singer Kelly Jones, were supposed to perform at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on December 17th and 18th, which included a set from music legend Sir Tom Jones.

However a statement released today read: “The Principality Stadium and promoters Kilimanjaro Live are regretfully announcing the postponement of the Stereophonics shows scheduled at the stadium for December 17th and 18th.

Stereophonics' singer Kelly Jones

“We have been working collaboratively throughout to deliver these shows and have sought clarification from Welsh Government following the latest review on current guidelines and legal requirements around face coverings.

“Unfortunately, as the threat of new variants emerge and the restrictions in place as an ‘indoor venue’, the shows are impossible to run safely and ensure compliance with Government guidelines and Welsh law."

On 17 September the Welsh Government announced that people attending large events and nightclubs (or similar premises) will have to prove they are either fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID test.

Sir Tom Jones was supposed to perform with the Stereophonics

The Stereophonics' shows have been postponed to June 17th and 18th next year.

Despite the nation's best efforts, the coronavirus is still very much part of our lives and has put paid to several music gigs being cancelled.

Phil Collins and Genesis cancelled their gig in October in Glasgow and the three dates in London's O2 Arena after several band members tested positive from Covid-19.

In a statement shared by Phil, Genesis said: "Following guidance and advice from the Government, it is with huge regret that the final four shows of Genesis’ Last Domino? Tour (this evening (8/10) at Glasgow SSE Hydro and 11, 12, 13 October at The O2 in London) have had to be postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the band."

Phil Collins had to cancel his concert because of Covid
(Image: Redferns)

Meanwhile Jam frontman Paul Weller has cancelled his remaining UK tour dates “due to a band member testing positive for COVID-19”.

His rep said: “We are very sorry to announce that due to a band member testing positive for Covid-19, the remaining tour dates (Norwich 3rd Dec / Lincoln 4th Dec / Cambridge 5th Dec) will not be able to take place on their scheduled dates."

Dua Lipa also had to reschedule her Future Nostalgia UK and European tour to Spring 2022.

In a post on social media the singer said she was "utterly heartbroken" the tour couldn't go ahead this year due to social distancing restrictions still in place.