Belle & Sebastian have postponed their UK tour.
In a statement posted to Twitter, the Scottish indie septet cited a health issue for the delay to the tour, which was scheduled to kick off in Cardiff on Sunday (November 13). The band promised fans that “we’ll be back with further news as soon as we can”.
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“In these uncertain times we appreciate everyone who bought tickets for these shows and extend our thanks to those who have sent well wishes this week,” they wrote.
“We’ll follow up with more information but can tell you that all tickets remain valid, we are in the process of rescheduling, and will have the new dates confirmed in [the] coming days.”
See the full statement below:
* UK Tour Postponed *
We’ll be back with further news as soon as we can pic.twitter.com/Bp2ULT9yz6
— belle & sebastian (@bellesglasgow) November 11, 2022
The shows, which were initially meant to be Belle & Sebastian’s first live gigs since 2019, were initially scheduled for January and February this year, before being moved to November.
“Although the Covid-19 pandemic is showing some signs of abating in the UK, some band members have been personally affected to the extent that we have been unable to rehearse or perform,” the band said at the time in a statement published on their website. A show in Leicester that was unable to be rescheduled was cancelled altogether.
The postponed tour dates are as follows:
Sunday 13 – Cardiff, Great Hall – Student’s Union
Monday 14, Tuesday 15 – London, The Roundhouse
Thursday 17 – Sheffield, O2 Academy
Friday 18 – Liverpool, Olympia
Saturday 19 – Hull, Asylum, Hull University Union
Monday 21 – Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
Wednesday 23 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Thursday 24 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 City Hall
Friday 25 – Manchester, Academy
Sunday 27 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Monday 28 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
Tuesday 29 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
Wednesday 30 – Brighton, Dome
Elsewhere, the band’s lead singer and songwriter Stuart Murdoch recently appeared as a panelist on BBC’s Question Time, on which he said that the Conservative Party “don’t care about people”.
“I feel like we’re living on a completely different planet,” he said. “They’re tone-deaf to the needs of ordinary people.”