Fish has announced that he's cancelled his February 2021 UK tour, citing the continued impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. He's also cancelled his festival appearances. As things stand, he's hopeful that the September 2021 tour will still go ahead.
In a lengthy statement on his Facebook page (opens in new tab), the singer, who released his latest (and final) album Weltschmerz earlier this month, Fish says:
"After consultation with my UK promoters at Gig Cartel and venues we have decided to cancel the February 2021 UK tour which was replacing the March 2020 dates and refund the ticket money.
"It has become obvious that there was no way that this tour could go ahead given the current circumstances which I'm sad to say don't look like they will be getting any better anytime soon. I'm not willing to risk either the health of fans or local teams at the venues nor the health of my own band and crew and it leaves me no other option than to announce that this tour will not be going ahead."
Fish goes on to say that his Autumn 2021 European tour and the UK shows currently booked for November 2021 are still scheduled to take place as planned, but he is anticipating that he'll need to deal with "insurmountable" issues until at least September.
"A circus will not be coming to your town until the infection rates are substantially lowered and under control and that can only be obtained by due diligence on the part of every individual out there," he continues. "We are all frustrated and angry and bored with constraints but it takes a collective effort to get through this to another side.
"This isn't how I thought that my 'end game' would play out and I feel like I am taking a 'gap year' in my retirement. There's no point in stamping my feet or howling at the moon and I just have to find a new way forward and discover some silver linings in the murk of dark clouds just now."
Read the full statement below.