With the world experiencing and having to put measures in place to limit the Covid-19 virus, live music is one of the many things affected. The dates supporting the Mission in Portugal and Spain were cancelled midway and other dates have been or are also potentially going to be affected.
The Cruel World festival due to take place in Los Angeles on 2nd May has been rescheduled for 12th September. This is an electric bill featuring Blondie, Bauhaus, Morrissey, Gary Numan amongst many others. See the festival website for all information and social media links.
The New Waves festival due to take place in Oberhausen, Germany on 16th May has been cancelled.
The UK tour, originally late May, has been rescheduled for August. All purchased tickets for the May shows are valid for the new dates.
Due to the ongoing concerns over the Corona virus, the Mission tour of Europe has been cancelled. The dates in Porto were cancelled by the local authority and The Mission had to look seriously at the rest of the schedule, and came to the decision to cancel with a view to rescheduling the shows as soon as the situation allows. The following support dates for Gene Loves Jezebel in Spain will therefore not be going ahead.
Wayne Hussey of the Mission has released a statement (dated 12th March) addressing concerns and refunds of tickets. It reads as follows:
I’m looking out of my hotel window in Lisbon this lunchtime, the sun is shining with not a cloud in the sky and I think to myself, ‘it looks like a beautiful day’ but I feel differently. It’s with great sadness that I’m writing to tell you that, after discussions with the rest of the band, management, agents & promoters, we have made the very difficult decision to end the tour tonight in Lisbon with the remaining dates on our 2020 European tour to be rescheduled.
Over the last week decisions to cancel shows were being made daily by local venues and promoters, governments, and administrations because of the Coronavirus and the subsequent legislations that are being made and changed daily to combat its spread. More shows are undoubtedly due to be cancelled, with the landscape changing daily. To safeguard the well-being of the band, our crew, and our audience, and to abide by local regulations and rules we had to make the unprecedented decision to cut our losses and go home. We will be able to re-schedule this tour for a time in the not so distant future when it will be safe for crowds of people to congregate again. As soon as we have any info regarding rescheduling we’ll let you know. Hold onto to your tickets for the time being until we sort out how we’re going to do it. All tickets will be valid for the re-arranged shows or a refund will be available from the place you purchased the ticket if that is your choice. I also know that there have been a fair few that bought tickets for the shows we have already played but didn’t come because of the Coronavirus fear. We would like to offer a gift to those of you who have stayed away, anyone wishing to send a copy of your unused ticket to email@example.com will be contacted in due course.
Of course we realise that some have gone to great lengths and expense and travelled long distances to support us, and it seems almost patronising to say ‘we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused’ – it doesn’t feel enough to say that. I say it nonetheless and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support. I’m sure Craig, Simon, and Mike join me in that sentiment.
Tonight’s show in Lisbon at Ao Vivo, the 2nd of two nights, is still going ahead and will be the last show of the tour. So let’s try to make it a huge celebration of life, love, and music, and say our farewells until this situation rectifies itself as it surely will at some point. We will miss you. Safe travels, be safe, be vigilant, and, most importantly, treat each other with kindness, respect, and love for humankind.
The band begin several dates in Spain and Portugal tonight, in support of The Mission on part of the latter’s ‘United European Party Tour’. The shows will comprise two dates in each of Valencia, Lisbon, Porto, Madrid and Barcelona.
The band are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a UK tour in May 2020. It comprises nine dates, starting in Newcastle on the 20th, following with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Bristol, Bedford, London (Islington) and finishing at Brighton on the 31st.
Having just completed The Alarm’s Sigma Tour with Gene Loves Jezebel, Jay will be performing solo on a new tour of north America this Fall, starting off in Toronto on 11 October. He is supporting Chameleons Vox and Theatre of Hate.
The band, performing as Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, are set to tour the US again this year. Spanning six weeks, the dates will see them perform alongside The Alarm and Modern English. We will bring you dates and ticket details as soon as all is confirmed.
The Alarm also features James Stevenson in their lineup. Still going strong, they released the acclaimed album Equals last year, and a further album, Sigma, will be released in June.
Modern English, who had the hit I Melt With You, are another long-lived band born in the post-punk era.
Gene Loves Jezebel’s first UK tour for over ten years begins tonight with an appearance at Night People in Manchester, having been switched from the original venue of The Factory. Support for tonight’s show will be from the goth rock band, 1919.
After a successful tour of the US late last year, this will give UK fans a chance to experience the band playing their standards from the past alongside a new selection from the latest album, Dance Underwater.
This series of six dates has its finale in London, at the O2 Academy, Islington, on Saturday 19th. Then on Saturday 26th January, the band will be appearing at the Cascais Rock Festival in Estoril, Portugal.
Tickets, with the list of dates, are available through our Shows page.
Gene loves jezebel will embark on a tour of the UK from the 11th to 19th January 2019. Similarly to the recent US shows, Joel Patterson will be on drums. On 26th January, the band play at the Cascais Rock Festival at Estoril, just outside Lisbon, in Portugal. Find out more about this festival at the Festival’s official Facebook page.
Tickets for all these events can be purchased through BandsInTown (see below).
Jay played an acoustic support slot to Balaam and the Angel at London’s Islington Academy last night, Saturday 3rd November. Thirty minutes of Gene Loves Jezebel songs with a couple of new ones added to the mix.
Here is Any Anxious Colour, filmed by Pete Cole, which Jay dedicated to the recent sad and untimely loss of long-time GLJ fan, Simon ‘Pooh’ Burgess.
Other artists on the bill were 1919, The Last Cry and Siberia.