Muse have responded to fans left disappointed by the apparent scrapping of a show in Bristol, teasing fans that they may play a show near their native Devon.
As part of their 2019 UK tour plans in support of their latest album ‘Simulation Theory‘, the band initially listed Bristol among the cities that they were planning to visit when they hit the road next year:
Pre-order Simulation Theory from the Official Store for early access to 2019 headline tour tickets. More cities will be announced! Stay tuned for more details… pic.twitter.com/1fKsvsP93S
— muse (@muse) September 27, 2018
However, those plans seem to have changed after only shows in London and Manchester were announced. A number of fans took to Twitter to respond, concerned that they had pre-ordered the album as requested but were still in the dark about a show in Bristol.
I take it part of the not selling out is the entire populous west of Swindon is waiting to get an answer on a Bristol show. As I said many times already there is no benefit in the silence just saying yes or no #tellus
— Steve Dunn (@Sorrowharvest) November 16, 2018
@MattBellamy @Dominic_Howard @CTWolstenholme can you please confirm if the Bristol gig will happen or not. Don't have to tell us the date just if it will happen. Then I will know whether to try for another show or wait. I can't afford to do both.
— Paul (@somersetpaul) November 16, 2018
So, tomorrow I can preorder @muse world tour tickets. They had Bristol as a location and now it’s disappeared. My options are try and get tickets to London. Or wait it out and hope they announce an Ashton Gate show. What do I do?
— Brandon Baker (@BrandonRBaker97) November 13, 2018
So the presale code for @muse arrives and still no word on Bristol will there be a fan to fan ticket selling site if I buy London then Bristol gets added? please clarify this is really not a good way to treat fans just a yes or no would do #whynotbristol
— Steve Dunn (@Sorrowharvest) November 12, 2018
Where’s the Bristol date – signed up for pre-sale & then it wasn’t there ? Better have new early access when it is announced ??
— Deb ? (@Deb9902) November 16, 2018
Please announce Bristol! ?
— Emma ?missing the 12th Doctor & PCap? (@emmajgination) November 16, 2018
So are @muse playing Bristol? Id really like to know. Manchester and London Stadium are like 5 hr trips for me and I don’t know if I can afford to travel that far ?? devastated if there isn’t pic.twitter.com/p0IgMTHQrC
— Tea Lord (@elleddie) November 11, 2018
Now after sharing a photo taken exclusively for this week’s NME Big Read with Muse, one fan asked frontman Matt Bellamy when Bristol gig details were likely to be announced. In response, he appeared to suggest that the show would not be happening, but they’d be performing elsewhere nearby instead.
“We want to do a West Country show for sure,” he replied. “[We’re] investigating Devon options.”
As Somerset Live reports, other suitable venues in the area for the scale of Muse’s live show include Bristol’s 27,000 seater Ashton Gate, Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park, Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park, and Exeter Racecourse.
The band famously played two huge homecoming concerts at The Den in Teignmouth in 2009. The gigs were documented and filmed by the BBC.
Muse’s upcoming UK tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more information.
Monday December 3, 2018 – LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Saturday June 1, 2019 – LONDON Stadium
Saturday June 8, 2019 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium
Announcing the gigs, the band said: “The ‘Simulation Theory’ World Tour will feature an exciting new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party, powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from Simulation Theory.
“Additional Enhanced Experience perks include a premium concert ticket, show specific poster, interactive photo experience with props and memorabilia from the band’s latest videos and more.”