Tom Jones forced to cancel gig due to UK lightning storms

Furnace Friday had no mercy.

Tom Jones cancelled his comeback concert in York last night (July 27) due to the extreme weather and lightning storms.

The veteran singer had scheduled the comeback show due to a bout of illness which unfortunately was cancelled “given the atrocious weather conditions”.

York Racecourse apologised a released a statement saying that storms: “blocked the route of both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft between his London home and Yorkshire.”


“Customers in the general admission areas (County Stand, Grandstand & Paddock, and Clocktower Enclosure) are all eligible for a 50% refund of their admission”, more information and York Racecourse’s full statement can be found here.

Fans took to Twitter to voice their outrage. One user wrote: “Absolutely shocking! Waiting until the last race to announce that it’s been cancelled! Come all the way from Newcastle today on the train for this.”

Another pointed to the unpredictable weather: “It’s not even raining anymore!!! So many people have battled public transport after the earlier lightening strike debacle to get to York to see Tom. So disappointing”

Last year, Tom Jones spoke out about how the alleged abuse taking place in Hollywood exists in the music industry too, even for men.

Jones said: “Things have always happened in the music industry as well. There’s been people complaining about publicists and different things they’ve been expected to do to get a record contract, just like a film contract.”


“There were a few things like that. But you avoid it. You just walk out… But what’s tried on women is tried on men as well.”