Californian punk legends Bad Religion have decided to cancel – and not reschedule – all their live dates for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The band were due to tour extensively through North America, Japan, and Europe, including a nearly sold-out co-headlining tour with Alkaline Trio.

They were due to play five dates in the UK in June, in Manchester, Newcastle, London, Nottingham and Bristol, with the UK Subs as special guests, as well as a headline set at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool on August 6.

However, the band have released the following statement: “We are grateful and humbled by the unwavering support from all our fans, every venue and festival that invited us to play, and especially those who have invested resources to see us perform live all over the world this year.

“As everyone is well aware, the ongoing hazard of Covid-19 has made it unsafe to gather in large groups. Therefore, to maintain the health of our fans, crew, and ourselves, Bad Religion will not be playing any shows in 2020.

“You may claim refunds or vouchers depending on the market; please check in with your local promoter and point of purchase.

“We will carefully monitor how this pandemic progresses; when it is safe for all of us to gather together, we will return. Until then, be safe, and take care of each other.”

Bad Religion formed in Los Angeles in 1980, and have released 17 studio albums, the most recent being last year’s Age Of Unreason. The live dates were meant to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.

Gary Welford owner