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Arts / Plug pulled on Big Country gig for now after numerous postponements

THE BIG Country gig scheduled to take place at Mareel in Lerwick in July has been cancelled after previously being postponed twice.

Promoter Alan McLeod of Klub Revolution said the “sad decision” was made due to ongoing uncertainty over Covid restrictions.

The gig was originally due to take place in July 2020, but it was moved to December and then July 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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But a new date is unable to be fixed this year that works for the band or the venue, so the event has been cancelled – with refunds set to be given to ticket holders.

Talks are ongoing with with the band’s agent to set up a possible new date in the future.

“It’s been a lot of work to constantly change dates, flights and hotels etc so we’re heartbroken not to be able to deliver this show to Shetland,” McLeod said.

“It’s not say that the gig won’t go ahead in the future.”

McLeod added that a gig such as the Big Country one would not be financially viable with distancing requirements, which would significantly reduce capacity.

He highlighted that the original date was due to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Klub Revolution.

But 2020 turned out to be a “blank year” for music promotion as live events were shelved.

People, meanwhile, can request Big Country refunds via emailing bigcountryrefunds@shetlandarts.org.

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