Punk legends UK Subs have cancelled the rest of their tour dates for 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak which has brought the live music industry to its knees.

The band should have celebrating the 40th anniversary of their classic 1980 album Brand New Age this year with a string of gigs around Europe and the UK.

They managed the European dates in January and February, but every gig they had planned in the next five months had to be cancelled as the world went into lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It was the longest break from gigging in the band’s 43-year history.

Now, with no signs of restrictions on mass gatherings being lifted, they have reluctantly cancelled all live work for the rest of the year, including dates in Scotland, France, and nine shows in England.

Charlie Harper and Steve Straughan of UK Subs performing at Think Tank? in Newcastle in 2019. Pic: Mick Burgess.

The news will come as little surprise to fans, particularly as frontman Charlie Harper, at 76, is one of punk’s elder statesmen.

The band issued a statement last night which said: “The UK Subs are sorry to announce that all their remaining gigs for 2020 are now cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“All the winter tour dates are in the process of being rescheduled for 2021. If you have already purchased a ticket for any of these shows please contact the promoter for further information. The process of rescheduling dates for gigs can sometimes take a long time, so please be patient.

Charlie Harper of UK Subs performing at Think Tank? in Newcastle. Pic: Mick Burgess.

“Charlie, Alvin, Steve and Jamie are looking forward to seeing you all at some point next year at a Subs gig. Stay safe and well, all…Subs fans are the best, and your continued support means everything to the band.”

As it stands, the UK Subs are due to resume touring the UK in April, before appearing as special guests on Bad Religion’s 40+1 anniversary dates in the UK in June, and at the 25th anniversary Rebellion Festival at Blackpool in August.

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner