Next month’s big sellout Happy Mondays gig in Mareel has been put off until next year after the Manchester rockers postponed a host of European tour dates due to “unforeseen medical circumstances”.
The joint production between local promoters Klub Revolution and Shetland Arts was to have taken place on Saturday 15th December.
Alan McLeod of Klub Revolution said the Happy Mondays had been forced to cancel all their dates from 1st to 18th December because a band member is undergoing an operation.
He said discussions were taking place with another “name” band about filling the 15th December slot, but nothing had been confirmed.
Negotiations are continuing with the Happy Mondays’ management to reschedule the gig, but that is unlikely to happen before the spring. Refunds for the £50 tickets will be available through Shetland Box Office at Mareel or Islesburgh from Monday.
A Shetland Arts spokeswoman said: “Klub Revolution, Shetland Arts and the Happy Mondays would like to sincerely apologise for the major inconvenience caused by this unavoidable decision, especially for those who were travelling to Shetland for the show. We will bring news of a rescheduled date as soon as we can.”
Mr McLeod said it had been a “funny old year” for Klub Revolution, which has had to reschedule gigs by Britpop band Dodgy and DJ Kutski due to factors including bereavment, bad weather and Mareel’s delayed opening.