Stereophonics’ gigs at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff next week have been postponed.

The two shows, which also feature Tom Jones and Catfish and the Bottlemen, were originally scheduled for December 17 and 18, but have been rescheduled to Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 2022. All the tickets bought for the original shows will remain valid.

Following the latest review, the promoters and the stadium have stated that due to the rise in Omicron variants of Coronavirus, this gig would not be able to comply with new Welsh Government restrictions. Apologies were also extended to all who had to attend and work the concerts.

In a joint statement, Principality Stadium and concert promoter Kilimanjaro Live said: “Principality Stadium and promoters Kilimanjaro Live are regretfully announcing the postponement of the Stereophonics shows scheduled at the stadium for December 17th and 18th.

We have been working collaboratively throughout to deliver these shows and have sought clarification from Welsh Government following the latest review on current guidelines and legal requirements around face coverings. Unfortunately, as the threat of new variants emerge and the restrictions in place as an ‘indoor venue’, the shows are impossible to run safely and ensure compliance with government guidelines and Welsh law.

“Our top priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of fans and all staff working at these shows, as well as the ability to deliver an outstanding fan experience. In light of the evolving public health situation, Principality Stadium and Kilimanjaro Live have taken the proactive but difficult decision to postpone the shows to next year on June 17th and 18th.

“We are taking this decision now to ensure fans have the maximum time possible to alter their plans accordingly. We apologise to all fans, artists, and their crews for any inconvenience caused, but we look forward to being back with a ‘We’ll Keep a Welcome’ in June next year.”

According to the ticketing company, ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase and tickets purchased for the December, 17 2021 show will be valid for the Friday, June 17, 2022 show and tickets purchased for the December, 18 2021 show will be valid for the June 18, 2022 show. If you cannot attend the new dates, please contact your point of purchase.

Wales’s health minister Eluned Morgan warned yesterday that the number of cases could rise to “hundreds, if not thousands”.  During Tuesday’s Welsh Government briefing, Ms Morgan said experts expect cases to increase rapidly and peak towards the end of January in Wales.