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Morrissey postpones UK and European tour

By | Published on Monday 2 July 2018


Morrissey postponed all of his upcoming UK and European tour dates on Friday, blaming some of those pesky “logistical circumstances” for the decision to cancel the shows. Rescheduled dates have been promised though ticket monies will be refunded in the meantime.

The announcement followed the news that former Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam was planning a Love Music Hate Racism fundraiser on the same day as one of Morrissey’s Manchester shows. Haslam said that his One Nation Under A Groove all-dayer was a “response to Morrissey’s divisive views and his support for the far right”.

Morrissey, of course, has long courted controversy with the political opinions he expresses in interviews, and even more so of late. He often claims to have been misquoted, though he has also been criticised for comments made via his own official channels. And in a recent interview with a friendly fan site he expressed solidarity with jailed EDL founder Tommy Robinson and support for a far right political party.

Prior to news of the tour postponement, Morrissey rep Peter Katsis hit out at Haslam’s planned party, saying that the DJ’s “agenda, stated as using music to spread peace, could not be any further from the truth. He is simply using the situation to gain some much needed attention to himself”.

Responding in return to the news that Morrissey’s upcoming shows, including those in Manchester, now weren’t happening, Haslam himself wrote on Twitter: “I sympathise with fans who made plans to see him, we know what it’s like to be let down by Morrissey”.

He went on: “If dates are rescheduled, we’ll be happy once again to provide an alternative event in the city. One that counters Morrissey’s support for Tommy Robinson and the far-right”.