The pandemic has once again taken live music away from fans. Many groups are canceling their New Year’s shows in New York City due to the recent spate of Omicron variant COVID cases, including The Strokes, Phish, and Yo La Tengo.
The Strokes were scheduled to headline the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on New Years Eve, but the show has been postponed as the city tries to deal with Omicron. The band took to their Instagram account to break the news, saying, “How do we put this… . We are postponing the show. We were so excited to be performing for everyone in Brooklyn this New Years Eve. An, but the Omicron variant thwarted our plans. We made the decision to postpone our show at Barclays Center. All tickets will be honored for the postponed date and details regarding refunds will be offered when the new date is announced. want everyone to stay safe and healthy and we look forward to celebrating the New Year with all of you… just a little later than originally planned. “
Phish also fights with Omicron. They were to participate in their long tradition of New Year’s shows with a run to Madison Square Garden, but had to postpone concerts until the end of April. They wrote on their website: “With the Omicron variant of Covid-19 booming in New York City, we’ve made the very difficult decision to reschedule next week’s series of shows at Madison Square Garden. Safety of Phish fans, our team, and site staff is paramount in our minds. While Phish performed shows this year as the pandemic continued, this variant’s ability for rapid transmission is unprecedented. . Thank you all for your understanding. Stay healthy and safe, take care of each other there and please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already. “
Yo La Tengo was scheduled to perform a New Years Eve show at the City Winery in Manhattan, but has since canceled it as well.
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