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Big Big Train forced to cancel live dates after HRH Prog postponement

Big Big Train
(Image credit: Sophocles Alexiou)

UK prog rockers Big Big Train have announced they will not be appearing at the rescheduled HRH Prog XIII. Following the postponement and rescheduling of the event from Leeds this September to Sheffield in April 2023, the band have also been forced to cancel some live dates.

As well as throwing the travel plans of many fans into chaos, the rescheduling also impacts plans made by the bands taking part. Big Big Train have announced they are having to cancel live dates in France, Germany and Switzerland as the impact on the band's finances hits home.

"Following HRH’s announcement on Wednesday about their postponement of the September 2022 festival, please note that Big Big Train will not be appearing at the re-scheduled HRH event in April 2023." the band have said in a statement to fans. "Please hold on to your tickets for now while we discuss the next steps with the festival.

"Due to the loss of the HRH Leeds festival, combined with increased tour related expenses, the scheduled shows in Germany, Switzerland and France are now financially unviable this year. To continue after the festival cancelation would have resulted in financial losses that would have seriously threatened the band’s existence.

"We are extremely sorry for the significant disappointment and inconvenience that this news causes. The German, Swiss and French dates will be rescheduled to 2023. We encourage ticket holders for these shows to retain their tickets and we will provide more news as soon as we can."

The band's upcoming concerts at Aylesbury Friars and The Boerderij in Zoetermeer will proceed as planned, as well as the 'family and friends' warm up show near Southampton. Tickets are still available for all three shows.

The band will be giving an update next week, which is hoped to include new live plans and a new song featuring new singer Alberto Bravin, who joined the band in April this year.

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.