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Dropkick Murphys will stream St. Patrick's Day gig after coronavirus cancellation


One traditional music event will not go down this year. The iconic Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day show has been cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak—but the band will not be stopped.

The punks, who are inherently connected with the Patron Saint of Ireland’s annual holiday, have decided that a show will go on after all.

The group have announced that they will play a full show and stream it all online, with fans able to watch on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook Live tomorrow on St. Patrick’s Day.

“For the first time in 24 years, we are not playing on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The current world situation is the ONLY thing that would ever stop us from doing so…,” the band wrote.

“So we came up with an idea we’re going to pull off this Tuesday – the night of St. Patrick’s Day… We’re going to bring a DKM LIVESTREAM CONCERT to EVERYONE – ALL OVER THE WORLD!!

“You’ll be able to watch it on our YouTube, Instagram and Facebook Live…”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of 16 March, more than 173,000 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 6,600 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.