‘Doesn’t seem right to gather’ – The Charlatans axe Scots shows

The rockers were due to play Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen over the next few nights.

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Two members of their crew tested positive for the virus.

Rock band The Charlatans have postponed their Scottish tour dates in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen after two crew members tested positive for Covid-19.

Lead singer Tim Burgess said “it doesn’t seem right” to be performing to large crowds with the Omicron variant is spreading so quickly.

The group cancelled last night’s show in Nottingham and were due to play at Glasgow’s O2 Academy tomorrow night, followed by the Music Hall in Aberdeen on December 20 and Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on December 21.

It follows a string of cancellations of high-profile gigs in Scotland this week, after Amy Macdonald, Deacon Blue and Del Amitri postponed their performances.

A statement posted by frontman Tim Burgess on Twitter said: “It’s the news we really didn’t want but have absolutely no choice.

“Two more of our crew have tested positive and it doesn’t seem right to gather people to together with current numbers of infections around the UK. With that in mind we are postponing the rest of the tour with immediate effect.

“We know our fans will understand as safety is our number one priority.”

A band statement added: “In light of the current, rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the advice from the chief medical officer not to “mix with people you don’t have to” we feel it is unfair for our audience to have to choose between exposure to the virus or to avoid the show.”

“We are also aware with every extra day, the band and crew are further exposed so have decided it is in the best interests of all to postpone.

“Details of rescheduled dates will follow as soon as availability is confirmed.”