Coronavirus / COVID-19 UK Tour Cancellations & Postponements (A Thread)


In light of the current circumstances with Coronavirus / COVID-19 and obviously understandable need for bands and artists to postpone or cancel tours and shows, we thought it might be helpful to run a thread of rock / metal / alternative music tours we know have been affected for our readers.

Download Festival 2020

Download Festival 2020 has been cancelled as of the 26th of March. More details can be found in a separate news story on the website.

Glastonbury Festival 2020

Glastonbury 2020 was cancelled on the morning of the 18th of March. A full post about that, including tickets rolling over to 2021, is available to read on the site.

Avril Lavigne

Avril has cancelled her UK and European Tour which was due to begin on the 15th of March in Milan before coming to the UK at the start of April for shows in London and Manchester. The UK dates are said to be postponed so we’ll wait to hear more on this.

Machine Head

Machine Head have been forced to cancel the second UK and European Leg of the Burn My Eyes 25 year anniversary tour. Frontman Robb Flynn put out a statement on social media saying that shows were slowly being cancelled by promoters in various countries, eventually hitting the tipping point where they had no choice but to cancel the tour. The UK shows affected were the return to Brixton Academy (following last November’s slightly aborted show) and a show in Birmingham.

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MACHINE HEAD TO POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR. It is with heavy heart that we must announce the postponement of our upcoming EU/UK tour in support of the 25th anniversary of Burn My Eyes. As residents of the Bay Area, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand what has been going on. Public gatherings of more than 1000 have been banned in San Jose, and events in downtown San Francisco including major concerts and conferences have been shut down. We have been watching the situation overseas on a daily basis, in contact with all promoters, and local governments for the status of our concerts there. As of a week ago, we had 6 concert cancelled until the 2nd week of April, due the banning of public gathering over 1,000 people (or in some cases 100 people). Even at that point, we still held out hope that things would be contained, and that the public gathering ordinances would be lifted by the time our tour started. As of today, we now have 14 shows cancelled until the first week of April, with 7 of them cancelled indefinitely. And it appears as of an hour ago, another 3 have been cancelled. Of paramount importance to us is the heath and safety of the Head Cases. We’ve worked hard with all our management, booking agents, and business associates to find other solutions or options, but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level. In addition to that, we also have a unique group of extraordinarily passionate fans who travel from all over the continent to watch our shows. We are eternally humbled by the dedication and devotion of the Head Cases, however in this case, travel is something not recommended. So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this announcements. The Burn My Eyes 25th anniversary tour is to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date, hopefully in the Fall, but possibly later. We look forward to our next concerts with you all, and the ability to publicly gather together and play raging heavy metal for you and vent all of our collective frustration, as a result of this insane moment in history, out in the circle pit. Be safe. – Robb and Machine Head

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The Who

The Who have postponed their UK arena tour, and also their special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall which was part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows. This is a postponement and tickets will be honoured for rescheduled dates later in the year which will be confirmed in due course.

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After serious consideration, it is with much regret that THE WHO have postponed their UK tour, due to start next Monday March 16th in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8th. The fans' safety is paramount and given the developing Coronavirus situation, the band felt that they had no option but to postpone the shows. The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honoured. Singer Roger Daltrey assures fans that the shows will "definitely happen and it may be the last time we do a tour of this type, so keep those tickets, as the shows will be fantastic.” Pete Townshend said the band, ”haven't reached this decision easily, but given the concerns about public gatherings, we couldn’t go ahead.” He added that “if one fan caught Coronavirus at a WHO concert it would be one too many.” Unfortunately, THE WHO will also be unable to appear at the Royal Albert Hall on March 28th as part of the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows, but intend to reschedule that show also, with more news to follow. March 16 – Manchester Arena March 18 – Dublin 3 Arena March 21 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena March 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena March 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena March 28 – London Royal Albert Hall (Teenage Cancer Trust) March 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena April 1 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena April 3 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena April 6 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena April 8 – London SSE Wembley Arena

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Poppy’s UK and European run, which was due to start yesterday (12th March) in Manchester, has been postponed. Tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced in the future.


Palace’s tour, that was due to kick off in Norwich tonight (13th March) and run across the UK until the 28th of March, has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued from ticket issuing outlets.

After The Burial / Make Them Suffer / Polar / Spiritbox

The remaining dates on After The Burial’s UK and European Tour, which also featured Polar among the support bands, has been cancelled. This includes the UK shows in Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Lamb Of God, Kreator and Power Trip

Lamb of God announced at lunchtime on Friday (13th March) that their tour with Kreator and Power Trip will be postponed. The dates will be rescheduled and Lamb of God are working with Kreator and Power Trip to bring the full tour back to the UK and Europe when possible.

The Acacia Strain

The Acacia Strain have cancelled their upcoming UK and European Tour. Currently their US dates are unaffected but this is obviously subject to updates and developments. The band hope to return to this side of the Atlantic when possible.

Car Bomb / Conjurer / Frostbit

Car Bomb, Conjurer and Frostbit have unfortunately had to cancel their tour, which had begun in mainland Europe but still had most of the shows, including the UK leg to come. Car Bomb have stated they hope to reschedule the dates soon.

Portrayal Of Guilt

Portrayal of Guilt have cancelled their upcoming UK and European Tour with the possible exception of Roadburn Festival, depending on the outcome of whether Roadburn goes ahead or not.

Evanescence and Within Temptation

Evanescence and Within Temptation have postponed their upcoming UK and European co-headline run of shows. Dates will be rescheduled as soon as possible.


Whitechapel have cancelled their upcoming UK and European Tour. These dates will not currently be rescheduled and refunds for tickets will be available at the point of purchase.

Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic have postponed the remaining dates of their UK tour including tonight (Friday 13th March) in Cardiff. The dates will be rescheduled when possible.


Tarja has announced the postponement of the remaining dates of her European Tour, including the upcoming UK shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London. Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible.

William Duvall

Alice In Chains frontman William Duvall has postponed his upcoming UK and European Tour. His team are working with promoters across all dates to make sure tickets will be valid for rescheduled shows. Where not possible, refunds will be available.


Emmure have been forced to cancel their UK, Russian and shows in the rest of Europe due to travel restrictions and some shows already been cancelled by promoters. Refunds will be made available in the coming days.

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To those in Europe, UK and Russia

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The Plot In You / Thousand Below / Captives

The Plot In You’s tour, which was to be supported by Thousand Below and Captives, has been cancelled. Refunds will be made available from ticket providers.

Our Hollow, Our Home

Our Hollow, Our Home have been forced to postpone their upcoming UK and EU tour, which featured an assorted cast of support bands including TheCityIsOurs and InVisions. We believe the tour will be rescheduled, but this is not 100% clear at present from the bands’ social media statement.

La Dispute

La Dispute’s upcoming UK and EU tour, featuring Cultdreams as one of the support bands, has sadly been postponed until further notice. Tickets will remain valid, and refunds will be offered to those who can no longer mate the dates when they are rescheduled.

Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers’ shows in Glasgow and Troon have been postponed until July. Original tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled dates.


After originally refusing to cancel their tour, stating “f*** coronavirus”, Magnum have now cancelled their March / April / May UK and EU tour. They have apologised for any offense caused by their original statement.


Scottish rockers Gun have postponed their March and April UK tour. The dates have already been rescheduled for September 2020. All tickets will be valid for the new dates. New dates are as follows:

20 September: Cambridge – Portland Arms
21 September: Cardiff – The Globe
22 September; Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
23 September: Manchester – Nght People
24 September: Newcastle – The Cluny
25 September: Keighley – Studio 5 Live

Broken Witt Rebels

Broken Witt Rebels have postponed their March and April UK album release tour. New dates for the tour will be announced in due course.

Hot Milk

Hot Milk have announced that their London and Manchester headline shows, previously scheduled for April, will now take place in September:

Friday 11th September – London – Camden Assembly
Monday 14th September – Manchester – Deaf Institute

Both shows are sold out, original tickets remain valid. Support on the shows will still come from Zand.

The Subways

The Subways were in the middle of their 15th anniversary tour when the Coronavirus outbreak struck, forcing them to postpone several shows on the tour. These have now been rescheduled for the end of September and the start of October:

24th – Portsmouth Pyramid Centre
25th – London 02 Forum Kentish Town
26th – Birmingham 02 Institute
30th – Norwich Waterfront
01st – Bristol 02 Academy
02nd – Nottingham Rock City

Many shows and tours across the rest of the world have also been heavily affected, including the cancellation of Download Festival Australia, which followed My Chemical Romance’s decision to cancel their Asian shows.

We will keep updating this page as more information becomes available.

For up-to-date information on Coronavirus, best practices on things including hand washing and self-isolation if necessary, please visit The NHS website.


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