North East punk legends The Toy Dolls have had to reschedule next month’s long-awaited 40th anniversary dates in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Toy Dolls have had to reschedule the UK dates of their 40th anniversary tour.

The band were due to play four dates, starting in Edinburgh on April 15, followed by gigs in Olga’s hometown of South Shields and then Manchester, before ending in London three days later, where the Angelic Upstarts were to be their very special guests.

A statement released by the band said: “Unfortunately we have now been forced into a situation where we have had to reschedule the UK shows.

“Following the government’s advice and reading your comments on social media, we believe it would be irresponsible to do the shows on the dates originally planned.

“We could wait another three weeks to see what happens, but the situation is so volatile it would be unfair to let everyone down at the last minute.

The Toy Dolls released their 13th studio album, Episode XIII, on Secret Records last year.

“Health and hygiene being paramount, this is not our only problem. Tommy (our bass player) and the crew (with all the props/equipment etc) are based all over Europe in isolation zones, and with severe travel restrictions, which are becoming increasingly tighter. It’s just all too risky, in more ways than one.

“Postponing the shows is the last thing we want to do, and we are sincerely sorry to have to let you down, though under these dreadful circumstances, we feel it’s the best way forward and hope that you will understand and agree with this reluctant decision.”

The Toy Dolls have rescheduled their UK dates as follows:

It has been confirmed that the support bands for the rescheduled gigs will be the same; Billy Liar in Edinburgh, Crashed Out in South Shields, Vomit in Manchester, and the Angelic Upstarts in London.

Frontman Olga posted on the band’s Facebook page: “We are delighted to confirm the Angelic Upstarts will still be our special guests at the rescheduled Kentish Town Forum in London on 9th January.

“The Angelic Upstarts remain one of the most relevant punk bands today, with some of the greatest punk tunes; Never ‘Ad Nothin’, Woman In Disguise, and probably one of the best songs ever, Last Night Another Soldier – a classic, still sends shivers down me spine when I hear it now.

“Mensi has always been passionate and took great pride in the Angelic Upstarts, and the invaluable advice and pointers I got from him on tour together 40 years ago will never be forgotten. It’s a pleasure to be performing together again four decades later!”

All existing tickets are valid for the rearranged UK shows and limited tickets are still available here for the Edinburgh and London dates.

Gary Welford owner