Street-punk legends Cock Sparrer have postponed their entire 2020 UK tour until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The band, regarded as the forerunners of the whole Oi! scene, were due to play two dates on the Not The Albert Hall tour in March, and eight more in September and October.
The March dates in Bilston and Norwich bit the dust as the UK went into lockdown in a bid to stop Covid-19 spreading.
Today, the band issued a statement on their Facebook page which confirmed that those dates and all remaining shows have been rescheduled to 2021.
It said: “We’ve taken the decision to move all our UK club shows to next year.
“We’re really gutted not to be playing this year, but gigs and gatherings of that size still don’t appear to be in any lockdown easing plans.
“We could wait and see if they’ll happen, but the problem is loads of bands are rescheduling shows to next year, and dates and venues are disappearing fast – meaning if these can’t go ahead we could end up with no shows at all.
“So we’ve taken the difficult decision to postopne the gigs until 2021. We’ve managed to get the venues booked, so we’re safe.
“All tickets remain valid, so please keep them. Those that want a refund please go back to your point of purchase.”
Tickets for what is now called the 2021 Still Not Playing The Albert Hall tour are available from www.gigbox.co.uk
Cock Sparrer’s only UK show this year was as special guests to the Dropkick Murphys at Alexandra Palace in London in February. They last toured the UK in 2017.