Dutch prog rockers Kayak cancel UK shows

Kayak 2021 around a moon
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Dutch progressive rock legends Kayak have announced that they have been forced to cancel their two UK dates on what will be their final tour.

The shows in London and Manchester in May have been cancelled with the band citing other prog gig clashes and Brexit issues. These would  have been the band's final UK live appearances having announced the upcoming European tour would be the band's farewell.

In a statement the band say: "As far as we know, the promotor had, optimistically, booked Kayak in a much larger venue than the previous time, in 2019. Little did he know, apparently, that on the same date, in the same city, there would be concerts by bands like Tool and Muse (so we heard). This, probably, proved too much of a challenge for Kayak. The risk, no, the perspective of a devastating financial loss, as well as a logistical nightmare (thank you, Brexit!) for the band was unacceptable. The only way out was to cancel the shows. We can not tell you how sorry we all are, especially as it was the last chance for Kayak to perform live in the UK and meet the fans for the last time."

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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.