YES have announced that they are postponing their 2023 Relayer European and U.K. tour due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the band’s control.
“YES and their management have explored every possible avenue to arrange insurance cover for the tour in the event of COVID-related exemption or Act of War exclusion. The insurance industry has withdrawn all such insurances which made touring possible pre-COVID and before the Ukraine conflict,” the band said in a statement.
YES said that with a view to supporting venues and crew, they toured the U.K. in 2022 by paying a premium to cover against terrorism but added that the band “simply cannot undertake such a large-scale tour with so many risks being uninsured.”
YES says insurance coverage was promised for events in 2023 but this has now been withdrawn until 2024, with confirmations of normality in 2024 following representations to the insurance industry to reassess its attitudes to COVID and Act of War insurance.
“Bands at some levels can mitigate against these risks but YES’ touring model creates unjustifiable levels of risk,” the band added.
The band has also decided to cancel the 2023 Eventim Apollo (London) show and is refunding tickets. The remainder of the tour dates are being rescheduled to 2024 with new dates to be announced shortly. All tickets will remain valid.
“YES wish to express their sincere regrets to their faithful fans and ask for their understanding. The band has now received the necessary assurances for 2024 and is committed to returning to the stage then,” the statement says.
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