Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno and Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club cancel their Christmas specials
Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno and Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club have called off their Christmas concerts in the town because of the Covid Omicron outbreak.
The disco tribute band and music festival favourites, fronted by Stortford's Simon Baker, announced on Friday morning, on the eve of their scheduled festive bash at the United Reformed Church hall in Water Lane on Saturday night (Dec 18), that they were postponing the gig "with regret".
They said: "We hope you can all appreciate the difficult decision we have had to make, particularly at the end of a tough couple of years for the entertainment industry. We haven’t made this decision lightly, but we feel we wouldn’t be able to guarantee people’s safety."
A new date will be announced shortly and all tickets will remain valid. Anyone unable to attend the rearranged gig will be offered refunds.
They added: "Uncle Funk’s Disco Inferno would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you to everyone who has come out to see us in 2021 and all the amazing feedback we’ve received. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022."
Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club also announced on Friday that it was cancelling its Christmas special at The Horn at the Half Moon on Wednesday (Dec 22).
Club organiser Geoff White said: "Two of our four acts have pulled out of next Wednesday's Acoustic Club Christmas 'Special' Night. This has left us with no alternative other than to cancel this event.
"Understandably, a number of people wish to protect themselves, their friends and families, especially with Christmas coming up."
The gig at the North Street pub was due to feature regular host and MC Bill Tarran and friends, rock covers quartet Jono, five-piece Blues Inc and Retune trio Tom Ryder, Greg Camburn and Joe Hazell.
The night's proceeds would have gone to Retune, the Stortford-based charity which inspires young people to improve their mental wellbeing through creative outlets such as music and the arts. Tom is its founder, Greg the chairman and Joe Hazell, a member of award-winning band Curse of Lono, its musical associate.
The acoustic club's next scheduled gig is on Wednesday January 5 with Pat Crilly and Greg Camburn headlining.