Grunge-punks Hands Off Gretel have announced that all remaining dates on their Don’t Touch UK tour have been postponed until later in the year, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause havoc in the music industry.

Hands Off Gretel. Pic by Neil Chapman.

Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible, but the band have released a statement which said: “In light of the latest government advice in relation to coronavirus (Covid-19) we feel we have no alternative but to reschedule our entire spring tour.

“We know how disappointing this is for so many of you that have bought tickets, booked accommodation and made travel plans to come and see us.

“We are extremely sorry to have to do this, as we have planned and looked forward to this tour for many months and it is the last thing any of us want to do.

“We feel that to continue with our tour would be irresponsible of us and the last thing we want to do is risk the health of our fans.

The Don’t Touch tour was Hands Off Gretel’s biggest to date. Pic: Neil Chapman.

“We also have two members of the band (Sam and Sean) that both have underlying medical conditions (diabetes) which puts both of them in a higher risk category in terms of complications from the virus, bringing its own risks and uncertainties for us too, if we were to continue touring.

“We are working behind the scenes with our agent, promoters and venues to secure new dates as soon as we can.

“Tickets will remain valid for our rescheduled dates, which we hope to announce very soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding and stay safe everyone. We are truly sorry.”

Hands Off Gretel are Lauren Tate (vocals and guitar), Becky Baldwin (bass), Sean McAvinue (guitar) and Sam Hobbins (drums).

They recall the white-hot rage of riot grrrl and grunge mixed with punk and bubblegum pop, and released their highly acclaimed second album, I Want The World, last year.

The white vinyl version of The Angry EP by Hands Off Gretel.

Their latest release, The Angry EP, is available on CD and limited edition 10in white vinyl from, as well as digitally from all major download and streaming platforms.

Gary Welford owner