Wet Wet Wet cancel their first gig in 30 years after Marti Pellow is taken ill

Tonight's show in Cardiff will no longer go ahead and won't be rescheduled

Wet Wet Wet have cancelled their first gig in 30 years this evening after lead singer Marti Pellow was taken ill (March 9).

The Scottish band – who famously sang Number One hit ‘Love Is All Around’ – were due to perform at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena but have been forced to scrap the sold-out show just hours before taking to the stage.

In message posted on the group’s Facebook page, they stated: “It is with massive regret that due to Marti being taken ill, tonight’s performance at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff has been cancelled.

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“This is the first show in our 30-year history that has been cancelled due to ill health, and unfortunately it will not be possible to reschedule this particular show.”

They concluded: ”This decision was not taken lightly and we understand that fans will be left disappointed. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by this sudden bout of unforeseen illness.”

Little else in known about Pellow’s illness, with Wet Wet Wet adding that other shows on their tour would not be affected.

A spokesperson for Motorpoint Arena Cardiff also posted: “We’re sorry to announce that Marti has been taken ill. Ticket holders will receive refunds – please go back to your point of purchase.”

The band’s next gig will now be in Newcastle on Friday (March 11), before hitting Glasgow on Sunday (March 13).

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