With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, The 1975 announced on Tuesday morning (Jan. 12) that they have canceled all their 2021 shows out of an abundance of caution. “We are really sorry to announce that we have made the decision to cancel all scheduled touring for 2021,” said the band in a statement.
“These are incredibly difficult times for a lot of people, and until we can be sure that we will be able to play shows in a way that is safe for our fans and crew, we have decided the best course of action is to cancel our touring so that, where possible, everyone can get their tickets refunded sooner rather than later.”
The bad news came with a major ray of sunshine, though. Matty Healy and the gang revealed that they are taking the time off the road to work on a new album and that they’re looking forward to “seeing you all at a show as soon as it is safe to do so.” As nations across the planet begin to implement a variety of vaccines to combat the novel coronavirus, the success of the roll-out has been uneven at best, with the U.S. — which leads the world with the most cases and most deaths — suffering from a chaotic distribution of the potentially life-saving shots due to a lack of communication, planning and leadership from the outgoing Trump administration.
With hope that the incoming Biden administration will right the ship with a more effective, urgent plan to get more shots in more arms faster, the nation’s top infection disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently said that concerts and theaters could return to performances “sometime in the fall of 2021” if enough people are inoculated and the buildings improve their ventilation systems and ask fans to provide proof of vaccination.
The 1975 postponed the release of their fourth album, Notes on a Conditional Form, several times in early 2020 due to what they said were production issues, eventually dropping it on May 22. Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, The 1975 had been scheduled to tour Europe in February and March before hitting a handful of rescheduled U.S. festivals in August and September.
Check out The 1975’s statement below.
— The 1975 (@the1975) January 12, 2021