First socially-distanced gig Squeeze at The O2 postponed until Feb 2021

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19 Nov 2020, 16:23

News no music lover/human sick of lockdown want to hear: The first live (due to be socially distanced) rock gig at London’s The O2 Arena in December has disappointingly been pushed back until next year.

Deflated fans will have to wait until 27th February 2021 to get their well-needed live music fix of rock band Squeeze.

There would have been an audience of around 4,700 not-so-squeezed fans, plus special guest Leon Tilbrook, but things have come unstuck.

Originally, the arena had the government’s multiple boxes ticked with fans only able to get tickets in twos, threes or fours with a ‘one-way system’ in place to avoid anyone mixing outside their group. But it seems it’s not enough.

Steve Sayer, vice-president and general manager of The O2, said: “Our arena is the beating heart of The O2 and we hugely miss the live experiences that we’re used to sharing with our fans.

“It’s disappointing to have to delay this show but I would like to say how grateful we are for the support we’ve received from the industry, fans and our partners and we look forward to Squeeze performing in the arena next year.”

The decision to pull the plug until 2021 will no doubt sadden Squeeze’s Chris Difford, but he’s been busy this year putting together a charity album for NHS nurses in need.

The musician joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky back in October to talk about his new charity album, and how it came about. 

Proceeds from the album will go to the Royal College of Nursing Foundation’s Covid-19 support fund, which Difford said was a no-brainer.

He said: "The Royal College of Nursing has a COVID fund for nurses who are suffering from depression, they can't put food on the table.

“It's unbelievable that nurses would be suffering in this way in this day and age considering the hard work that they're doing.

"So it was not very difficult to find that outlet for us to feed the money into."

The Cool For Cats frontman has also been running workshops for nurses in need of an outlet. 

The kind, caring star explained: "I’ve spoken to some of the nurses who are suffering and we've been doing workshops with them, just for them to be able to write poetry, to try and get them to do something completely different.

"Poetry and songwriting is an expression and it's a way of getting your emotions out on paper. 

“It's a therapy and it's a cheaper therapy than most. It works and I love, absolutely love, doing it."

Celebrities and pop stars - take note.