Covid forces Chemical Brothers to cancel Glastonbury appearance in wake of Cork gig

After cancelling the concert at Musgrave Park on Thursday, the Chemical Brothers have also announced they won't be able to play a planned DJ set at Glastonbury on Friday 
Covid forces Chemical Brothers to cancel Glastonbury appearance in wake of Cork gig

The Chemical Brothers were due to play Musgrave Park in Cork on Thursday, and Glastonbury on Friday. 

The Chemical Brothers had cancelled their gig at Musgrave Park in Cork on Thursday due to "multiple cases" of Covid in their camp, and on Friday confirmed they wouldn't make it to Glastonbury either. Among those suffering from the virus is Tom Rowlands, one half of the UK electronic music duo, alongside Ed Simons. 

A statement from organisers MCD and the group themselves on social media on Wednesday evening confirmed that the Cork gig would not go ahead.  On Thursday, the band released another statement apologising for the cancellation and confirming that Covid was the cause. 

“Unfortunately, at short notice we have just had to reschedule our Cork show (once again) due to multiple cases of Covid-19 within the band and crew, despite taking every precaution we possibly could.”

They added that it was the first show they had missed in 30 years on the road. 

The Chemical Brothers were to kick off the second batch of summer gigs at the Cork rugby stadium, followed by Lewis Capaldi on Friday, and Dermot Kennedy on Saturday.

The Chemical Brothers' announcement came in the wake of several cancellations across the arts and entertainment world due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Cork Midsummer Festival has had to cancel one of its theatre shows, The Wakefires, while the Abbey in Dublin has cancelled 10 performances of Brian Friel's Translations

MCD, the promoters of the Chemical Brothers gig in Cork, say a new date for 2023 will be announced in due course. The group had originally planned the gig for June 2020, but the pandemic had pushed it on to 2022. Their first appearance in Cork had been at Féile '95 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. 

The British duo had this week announced a DJ set at the Glastonbury festival on Friday, and a string of summer dates across Europe are also planned. After the Cork cancellation, the group said they were monitoring the situation about other dates. On Friday afternoon, the Chemical Brothers released a statement confirming that they wouldn't make it to Glastonbury.  

“We were hoping that more days rest would allow Tom to recover from Covid; this hasn’t so far been the case,” they stated. 

Ticket holders for the Cork gig will have the option of seeking a refund, or holding on to their tickets for the future date.

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