Gang of Youths’ support slot for Sam Fender won’t happen next week

(Update: See March 18 update at the end of our original story.)

Yesterday it was Groovin’ the Moo. Today it’s Sam Fender’s upcoming UK tour going on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The singer announced today that the upcoming dates, which included five shows that Gang of Youths was set to open, will be rescheduled.

We’re working on rescheduling the upcoming UK tour, more info to follow soon. Stay safe ❤️

GOY was scheduled to open for Fender at a handful of shows between March 26 and April 3 in London, Cardiff, Leeds, and Newcastle.

It’ll be interesting to watch if Fender’s rescheduling still allows Gang of Youths to have a support slot. The bigger question is how soon those shows will even be able to take place.

UPDATE, March 18

Sam Fender has announced new dates for his UK tour, which is now scheduled for August/September 2020.

The announcement offers no mention of support acts. Gang of Youths currently has two U.S. festival shows scheduled in September that would clash with the final dates of Fender’s new tour itinerary.

Groovin’ The Moo festival canceled

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has claimed six shows on Gang of Youths’ 2020 concert schedule.

Organizers of Australia’s Groovin’ the Moo festival have canceled this year’s event, which was due to play out across six cities between April 23 and May 9. The festival’s official statement (shown in the image above) offers this explanation:

The Government’s recommendations together with the uncertainty of these times makes it impossible for us to push forward with GTM this year.

As I type this, Australian health officials say the country has 375 confirmed cases of coronavirus and five deaths.

With countries around the globe putting increased emphasis on social distancing to stem the growing number of cases and deaths, it seems highly unlikely that Gang of Youths will take the stage in support of Sam Fender later this month in the UK. Fender’s brief tour is due to begin this Friday, and Gang of Youths’ first show in support is 10 days away — March 26 in London.

If you had tickets for this year’s Groovin’ the Moo, organizers said on Twitter that you can either hold your ticket for the 2021 festival or get a complete refund. More details on your options will be coming soon.

As always, you can see all upcoming Gang of Youths shows here on DS. (That page is missing two German festival gigs scheduled this June because exact dates haven’t been announced yet.)

Gang of Youths Gets 3 Songs in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the Decade; “Magnolia” at No. 6

The votes have been tallied. The countdown is over. And Gang of Youths placed three songs in Triple J’s Hot 100 of the 2010s — plus another two that placed between 100-200.

The top performer of that handful was “Magnolia,” which came in at No. 6 overall — TBH, that’s a few spots lower than even the unbiased music observers were predicting. The top song was Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better.”

Here’s how Gang of Youths fared overall in the top 200 songs of the decade:

6. “Magnolia”
19. “Let Me Down Easy”
52. “The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows”
108. “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?”
160. “The Heart Is A Muscle”

They’re all too low, right?

Anyway, if you’re a chart geek or stats geek, Triple J has all kinds of facts and trivia about the countdown — like “Magnolia” was one of the biggest jumpers, going from #21 in the 2015 countdown to #6 in the all-decade countdown.