Due to Omicron concerns, Covid: Stereophonics Cardiff concerts postponed

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A sold out show at the Principality Stadium saw Sir Tom Jones support Stereophonics

Amid growing concerns over the Omicron version of Covid, Stereophonics has postponed two Stereophonics gigs scheduled for December.

On 17 and 18 Dec, the band was scheduled to appear at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

The pair will join Sir Tom Jones and Catfish next June.

Promoters of the stadium said that an indoor concert was impossible to hold safely due to the threat from new versions.

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The Omicron variant has been found in five people in Wales. It is expected that a wave of Omicron cases will peak before the end of January.

They also cancelled the Libertines gig in Cardiff, Wales on 9/12. It was scheduled at Cardiff University’s Students Union.

The Stereophonics were set to perform their first Cardiff concert since they sold out shows days prior, right before Wales’s first Covid lockdown.

Cynon Valley’s band was criticised after playing two gigs in the same weekend. Due to fears over the new virus, a Welsh rugby match was cancelled.

The band’s sound engineer stated that it wasn’t their decision to cancel the gig. It was the authority’s call.

The Welsh government at that time stated “clearly public health advice” not to cancel mass gatherings.

However, all mass gatherings in Wales were soon banned after the first Covid lockdown.

On 15 November, the Welsh government issued its latest guidance for concert halls. It highlighted “reasonable steps” that venues should follow.

This includes the use of face covers, which require proof of Covid passes. It also helps to prevent crowding.

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According to the Principality Stadium, it was working closely with Kilimanjaro Live promoters in order to present the Stereophonics shows. It had also sought clarification from Welsh officials following the latest directives.

In a statement they stated that although they regretted the decision to reschedule the show, they took the proactive step in compliance with Welsh law.

The joint statement noted that shows can’t be safely run and comply with Welsh laws and guidelines due to the “unfortunately” threat of new varieties and restrictions as an “indoor venue”.

“We’re making this change now so that fans can make changes as soon as possible.

We apologize to artists and fans for any inconvenience. However, we are looking forward to welcoming you back in June 2019.

Fans were assured that all original tickets will be valid, despite the fact that the gigs have been moved to 17 June and 18 June.

It added that all ticket buyers will receive an email from the point of purchase to confirm ticket transfer.

Customers who are unable to attend new dates should notify their points of purchase.

Stereophonics and Sir Tom Jones will still perform at the June 2022 show. Catfish, The Bottlemen and Catfish are also performing.

Stereophonics stated that they regret having to postpone December’s performances, but look forward to next year.

Source: BBC.com

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