Drummer Stuart Cable thinks the gigs are in jeopardy, but singer Kelly Jones immediately plays the fears down...

Despite comments by STEREOPHONICS drummer STUART CABLE yesterday that a shadow has been cast over their ‘DAY AT THE RACES’ gigs this summer due to the foot and mouth epidemic, promoters have insisted that the shows WILL go ahead as planned.

The band have major gigs lined up at Donington Racetrack on July 14 and Chepstow Racecourse on July 21.

But speaking on ‘Top Of The Pops Plus’ on BBC 2 in the UK yesterday (April 1), the band joked that they had dubbed the two dates “the foot and mouth tour”. Additionally, Cable commented: “It’s quite difficult because it’s all up in the air at the moment with foot and mouth, because they’re both greenfield sites.”

Singer Kelly Jones immediately played down the threat to the shows, adding: “But I’m sure it will be okay.”

And the show promoters have confirmed this morning (April 2) that they are not under threat, despite horse racing at Chepstow having been cancelled. A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM that because there had not been cattle or sheep grazing on the land, it was not considered a threat to events such as the concert and the shows are going ahead as planned.

Supports for the gigs are The Black Crowes, Ash and Proud Mary.

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Sporting events in the UK – including the high-profile Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race at Chepstow – have been cancelled because of the foot and mouth outbreak, and the Bishopstock Blues Festival which was scheduled to take place in Devon on May 26 – 29 has been postponed until August Bank Holiday weekend (August 25 – 27). At present, no other festivals have been postponed.

Meanwhile, Stereophonics are gearing up for the release of their new album, ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’ next Monday (April 9) in the UK (April 17 in North America) with a low-key gig for 400 competition winners at a Radio 1 gig at London Scala on April 8, an in-store signing session at midnight that night at HMV in London Oxford Street and at 4pm on April 9 at Virgin Megastore in Cardiff.

The Welsh rockers are also lined up to appear at several festivals this summer, including Fujirock in Japan on July 27 – 29, Pinkpop in Holland (June 2-4) and T In The Park in Scotland on July 7.