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The Spike Island 30th anniversary gig has postponed amid coronavirus


The 30th anniversary of The Stone Roses’ legendary Spike Island show has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The special show was set to take place on May 16th and was set to include performances by tribute bands of The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Smiths, New Order as well as DJ sets from Inspiral Carpets man Clint Boon and Bez from Happy Mondays. However; the event has now been rescheduled to take place this September instead.

The festival organisers statement reads: “In light of the uncertainty and concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, our team have been working non stop whilst constantly monitoring the developments and guidance from the UK government. We have coordinated with our artists, suppliers and local authorities and after careful consideration, we have made the decision to reschedule Spike Island – The Resurrection to Saturday 12th September.

“Our team have liaised directly with local hotels and train companies who have advised that they are being flexible in offering rescheduled bookings. We hope you can all join us on the rescheduled date in September to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original Spike Island show. If you have tickets to our event that was planned to take place on 16th May, your ticket will still be valid for our revised date of 12th September. However, if you are unable to attend this date please contact your point of purchase regarding refunds.”

The team behind the festival then poignantly added: “The safety & welfare of our customers & staff is our highest priority and we believe that moving our event to September is the most sensible approach in the current climate. We know that this is an incredibly challenging time for everyone, and certainly, those people working in the events, travel & tourism sectors and we’d like to thank you for being patient and understanding of the circumstances around this difficult decision. We hope you can all join us in September, but in the meantime – stay safe & look after each other, we’re all in this together.”

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 1st, more than 860,184 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 42,345 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.