The Who postpones entire UK tour because of coronavirus outbreak

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English rock band The Who has announced they have postponed their UK shows amid concerns over the coronavirus.

The ten-date tour was due to begin in Manchester on March 16 and continue until mid-April.

A Cardiff gig was planned for the Motorpoint Arena on March 30.

The band said they felt they had “no option” but to postpone the shows for the safety of their fans, but stressed that all dates will be rescheduled.

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According to their official Facebook page: “After serious consideration, it is with much regret that THE WHO have postponed their UK tour, due to start next Monday March 16th in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8th.

“The fans’ safety is paramount and given the developing Coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows.

“The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honoured.”

Singer Roger Daltrey has assured fans that the shows will “definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.”

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The cancellation is just one of many as coronavirus cases continue to increase.

Miley Cyrus cancelled a trip to Australia for the country’s bushfire relief concert in Melbourne, while Madonna cancelled a number of shows planned across France.

California’s Coachella music festival was pushed back to October.

Organisers said: “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously.

“We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”

And Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has also tweeted that he’s cancelled his show in Dublin tomorrow night.

Following the Irish government’s heightened crackdown in order to limit the spread of coronavirus, he wrote, “Hope to see you all when the time is right – meanwhile, isolating hard and working on touring hologram in attic laboratory.”

Stereophonics are also due to play two shows at the Motorpoint Arena this weekend. The band has not made any announcement yet.



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