Indie-psych-punk duo The Lovely Eggs have today announced the cancellation of all scheduled live appearances for the rest of this year.
The band – married couple David Blackwell and Holly Ross – have already had to cancel the UK tour promoting latest album I Am Moron once after the coronavirus pandemic struck, initially moving the dates to July.
Now, with no sign of a relaxation on the Covid-19 restrictions which have brought the live music industry to its knees, they have bitten the bullet and rescheduled again, to February 2021.
They said: “This is an absolute gutter for us, but with little direction from the government, we don’t want to put people’s safety and lives at risk.
“We imagine that even by autumn even if gigs CAN happen, they’ll be very different to the usual Lovely Eggs experience and we don’t want that! We want the normal Egg-shaped chaos that you’ve come to expect from a Lovely Eggs gig.
“So, we’ve taken the decision to postpone our touring until next year. All tickets for the old shows originally scheduled for April and rescheduled for July are now valid for the new shows in February.
“In the cases where we have seen a venue change/upgrade, the tickets for the original show in that city remain valid. Our shows at O2 Ritz in Manchester and Heaven in London have been rescheduled to May.
“We really hope people hang onto their tickets, not get refunds and join us next year. We live to tour and tour to live. This is our life and our livelihood. Once this shitstorm is over. We want a party like no other!! Looking forward to seeing you all next year!”
The Lovely Eggs are willfully independent, repeatedly selling out gigs across the UK without the help of management, a booking agent or record label.
To ease the pain of their tour being pulled again, they will release a new single, Long Stem Carnations, on Friday, July 10, on their own Egg Records.
The track, taken from the indie chart No 1 album I Am Moron, will be released on limited edition coloured 7in vinyl, with a new B-side, The Voyage.
I Am Moron somehow seemed to point towards the unimaginable future we’re now living in, as many of its songs are about isolation and living a new way in a different world.
Its mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness won critical acclaim from many national outlets, which made it even more galling for the band not to be able to play live around the record’s release in April.
Catch The Lovely Eggs live at the following dates in 2021:
Friday 5 Feb – Gorilla MANCHESTER (SOLD OUT)
Wed 10 Feb – The Bullingdon, OXFORD (original show tickets still valid)
Thur 11 Feb – The Loft, SOUTHAMPTON (original show tickets still valid)
Fri 12 Feb – SWX, BRISTOL (venue change. Fleece show tickets still valid)
Sat 13 Feb – Concorde 2, BRIGHTON (venue change. Komedia show tickets still valid)
Sun 14 Feb – The Garage, LONDON (SOLD OUT)
Mon 15 Feb – Junction 2, CAMBRIDGE (venue change. Portland Arms show tickets still valid)
Tues 16 Feb – Castle and Falcon, BIRMINGHAM (SOLD OUT)
Wed 17 Feb – O2 Academy, SHEFFIELD (venue change. Network show tickets still valid)
Thurs 18 Feb – Metronome, NOTTINGHAM (new date announced!)
Fri 19 Feb – Phase One LIVERPOOL (new date announced!)
Sat 20 Feb – The Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS (SOLD OUT)
Thur 25 Feb – The Cluny, NEWCASTLE (original show tickets still valid)
Friday 26 Feb – Stereo, GLASGOW (venue change. CCA show tickets still valid)
Sat 27 Feb – The Mash House, EDINBURGH (original show tickets still valid)
Sun 30 May – O2 Ritz, MANCHESTER Bank Holiday Extravaganza with support from Phill Jupitus (original show tickets still valid)
Fri 4 June – Heaven, LONDON with support from Rob Auton (original show tickets still valid)