Babyshambles pulled out of a gig at Middlesbrough’s TFM Soundworks last night (December 20).
A tweet from the venue just hours before the gig was due to start announced the news. TFM Soundworks said they’d received an email from the band informing them of the cancellation, which was down to “illness.”
A statement from the band followed saying: “Babyshambles are very sorry to announce they cannot make tonight’s show in Middlesbrough. They were looking forward to ending the year in the North-east, but due to illness will not be able to perform. They are hoping to come back and play again as soon as possible in the New Year and are deeply sorry for any disappointment.”
According to local paper the Evening Gazette around 1,200 tickets had been sold for the event, with the venue management promising full refunds for all tickets from Monday onwards. Junior Masandi, the venue’s events and marketing manager, told the Gazette: “I thought it was a joke. All the equipment was on stage, they were supposed to soundcheck between 2-3pm.”
The cancellation is the venue’s second in two months, with X Factor stars Little Mix pulling out of a gig at the Soundworks’ Halloween Ball in October. Babyshambles, meanwhile, announced a London show in March 2014 at Camden’s Roundhouse.