An outbreak of foot and mouth just a mile from the site of their proposed Chepstow gig puts the event in jeopardy...
STEREOPHONICS‘ massive CHEPSTOW gig was thrown into deeper jeopardy
today (April 2), with a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease just a mile from the site.
A thousand ewes and 600 cattle have been slaughtered at a farm in Bayfield, Chepstow – just a mile from the racecourse where the ‘Phonics are due to
play to an estimated 80,000 fans on July 21.
Under Government regulations, anything within a 10km radius of where a diseased animal has been discovered is designated an infected area.
Gig promoter Stuart Galbraith of SFX told reporters in Wales: “Of course we are concerned with the foot and mouth crisis, but there is nothing we can do about it.
“We do have contingency plans but we are not willing to go into detail.
“We have been told the warmer weather and coming sunshine will eradicate the disease.”
Stereophonics‘ manager John Brand was putting on a brave front.
He said: “I am aware there has been a lot of speculation. But as far as I’m concerned it’s going ahead. The organisers at Chepstow seem very confident everything will be OK.
“I have talked to the venue over the last week and everything looks good for the concert.”
A spokesperson for Stereophonics also insisted that the gig would go ahead, adding: “I’ve spoken with the event promoter and they say there’s no problem.
“It’s all systems go – and tickets are selling fast.”
This echoes the comments of the event’s spokesperson to NME.COM earlier today, after drummer Stuart Cable cast doubts on the event during a TV interview at the weekend, saying it was “all up in the air” because of the foot and mouth crisis. To read the earlier story, click here.
Horse racing at Chepstow has been suspended since last month.