England riots update - Wednesday 10th August 2011 - going to a gig tonight?

Posted: 10th August 2011
Camden Fringe

As we're sure you're aware by now, London, Birmingham and other major cities (and even smaller towns) are currently on high alert due to civil disturbances over the past few nights.

Last night saw a calming in London, helped in no small part by a larger police presence and the numerous helicopters circling overhead. Still, it may be pertinent to suggest that anyone hoping to attend a gig, show or festival in the near future, should exercise good sense and caution and check with the venue before you travel.

The general rule of thumb with regards to ticket-refunds appears to be this - if the gig or performance is postponed or cancelled, you should be entitled to a refund or at least admittance to a rescheduled or alternative performance (by the same band/ act/ show). If the gig or performance goes ahead, you will probably not be eligible for any recompense at all. In all instances, check with the ticket agent before you travel (that is, the agent whose name is on the ticket).

Some artists may have been caught up in situations unwittingly and been delayed en route - it might be an idea to follow them on Twitter to keep up to date. You can also follow us by clicking on the Twitter logo above to the right.

Currently, the worst affected areas of London are anywhere between Camden and Enfield on the north and east side of the capital, Brixton to Lewisham and Croydon in the south, Ealing, Oxford Street and parts of Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Please exercise caution and hopefully, by the time you read this, things will have calmed down. We will keep you informed of any cancellations we hear of over the next few days.

A Twitter campaign has been setup to help clean up the streets of the debris: - all work is voluntary and anything you can do to help will be appreciated by your local community.

Still taking place

The Camden Fringe is set to continue its August run with as few cancellations as possible - check their Twitter for the latest status:

Cancelled - Wednesday 10th August

Supersuckers' Eddie Spaghetti has just cancelled his Wednesday 10th August Birmingham gig.

Cancelled - Saturday 13th August

Phantom Limb have now cancelled their Croydon Fairfield Halls gig which was due to take place on Saturday.


Hobbie Stuart was due to play Upstairs at the Garage on 10th, 11th and 12th August, but will now play at the end of August - 30th and 31st.

Modestep have postponed their sold-out Relentless Garage gig which was due to have taken place on Thursday and will now take place on Tuesday 23rd August.

Paul Pledger