Legendary Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers have cancelled their tour dates for the rest of 2020 due to the continuing uncertainty over Covid-19.
The band had just started their 20/20 Vision tour in March when the coronavirus pandemic took hold, and had played just three dates, in Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham.
They postponed the rest of the dates until later in the year, but with no signs of the live music industry being allowed to reopen, the band has taken the decision to reschedule the dates again, until March 2021.
One of the gigs that bit the dust was their annual St Patrick’s Day gig at Barrowland in Glasgow, which brought to an end a 29-year run of playing the venue on that date.
That sold-out show was initially rearranged for August 1, but that date has now also been scrapped, and will now take place on March 17, 2021.
Last night the band posted on their social media accounts: “Don’t you wish hindsight was 20/20? Right now, we do.
“Obviously, every artist on the planet has had to move shows around, waiting for a vaccine or treatment for coronavirus to appear so we can actually perform again.
“We had hopes that our March 2020 tour could go ahead in September, but sadly that wasn’t to be. Our annual ‘Putting the Fast in Belfast’ shindig has bitten the dust as well.
“So, we’re doing the sensible thing and writing this year off in the hope that scientists and medical folks can get us all back on an even keel for next year.
“These are the rearranged dates, and tickets from 2020 for the shows that DIDN’T happen will be valid for 2021.
“We will also be announcing further shows for 2021, including details of those Belfast and Dublin shows, soon.
“While we wish we’d had 2020 vision this year, we’re hoping we’ll have it in 2021.”
The band have added new Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham dates, with tickets available from 10am on Friday, June 26 HERE.
Special guests on all shows with be The Professionals and TV Smith with the Neville Staple band as special guests in London only.
All tickets bought for this year’s cancelled dates will be valid for the rearranged dates.
Stiff Little Fingers have already confirmed they will be playing at Kubix Festival in Sunderland and Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2021 after both were cancelled this year.