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Spoon cancel Des Moines show following Iowa Covid laws

American indie rock band Spoon have cancelled an upcoming US show in Iowa due to the state’s lack of a vaccine mandate. The quintet were due to perform at Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place on September 9 but announced that the show has now been cancelled on their Instagram yesterday (August 22). Iowa is one of 20 Republican governed states in the US that banned proof of Covid-19 vaccination by either businesses or government bodies.

Spoon’s Instagram statement explained: “In just two weeks we’ll be heading out for our first run of shows in quite a while. It’s one of the greatest parts of being in a band – getting out there and getting to play real music with real instruments in front of real people. We are stoked. Times being what they are, we’ve been working with local promoters to try to provide a safer experience for everyone at our shows by requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test 48 hours prior to entry.”

It continued: “Due to Iowa’s limitations of vaccine mandates, we’re regrettably cancelling the (September) 9 Des Moines show. We’re now replacing that gig with a show at the Slowdown in Omaha, NE, on the same date. We sincerely apologise to ticket holders in Des Moines.”

Spoon also made it clear that all ticket holders would receive a full refund. The indie band’s decision follows a string of prominent artists making vaccine provisions for audiences for upcoming dates. Bleachers, Jason Isbell and Japanese Breakfast have all made headlines recently by issuing vaccine mandates.

Frontman of Bleachers, Jack Antonoff took to Twitter to declare that fans attending his shows will have to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative Covid-19 test. He wrote, “We’re not messing around”. He continued. “Every show will be as safe as possible without any weirdo bullshit.”

Listen to Spoon ‘Inside Out’, below.