Indie-pop band Blossoms have announced that they are delaying an upcoming tour around Europe, due to recent developments surrounding COVID-19. Taking to social media, the band apologised to fans, letting them know that they were “really gutted“, but the planned dates had been “postponed and will no longer be happening in January & February“. On the bright side, fans can take solace in the fact that Blossoms plan to reschedule the dates, promising further announcements as soon as they know more.
— B L O S S O M S (@BlossomsBand) January 12, 2022
The original plan was for a European tour, with six dates taking the group around places such as Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands towards the end of January and the beginning of next month. However, if you had plans to see them in the UK then don’t despair just yet. The group are still due for dates in places such as Doncaster, Warrington and Southampton next May to July, COVID-permitting.
It’s disappointing news for fans of the five-piece from Greater Manchester, especially as Blossoms were arguably at the forefront of the UK’s return to live music-making, headlining at last May’s trial one-day festival at Sefton Park. However, it seems the spread of the Omicron variant has them extra cautious as of now.
Of course, they’ve been involved in other forms of live performance over the past few months, teaming up with “Never Gonna Give You Up”-star Rick Astley last September/October for a round of covers from The Smiths’ back catalogue, covering such classics as “Panic“ and “This Charming Man“.
The event got a mixed reception from The Smiths’ co-founders Morrissey and Johnny Marr, with Morrissey thanking them, saying “anything that generates interest in the tired old Smiths warhorse is testimony to the wallop it pack“. Marr on the other hand seemed a bit upset about not having been told beforehand, tweeting that “ I met The Blossoms a few weeks ago and they elected to not mention it. Nice.“
Then again, it sounds like things have been smoothed over between the group and the veteran rock-star, with Marr later mentioning that “There was an M.O. there that just wasn’t very cool – but I’ve dealt with it. I think I’m a pretty reasonable person, and I’ve dealt with it.“
Either way, if you don’t feel like waiting for the European gigs to be re-arranged, or just fancy a nice UK concert to get yourself to next May-July time, tickets for Blossoms’ UK tour can be found here. Let’s hope nothing gets in the way of this one however.