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2020 Freshen Up European Tour Cancelled

Thursday, May 7, 2020 • Posted in “A day in the life

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Due to the on-going 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic, the 11 dates of the 2020 Freshen Up European Tour have been cancelled. From paulmccartney.com, May 7, 2020:

Due to the current global situation, Paul and his team have been forced to cancel the forthcoming European tour dates. Given current and future work commitments it has not been possible to find alternative dates.

We were looking forward to seeing you all this summer for what we know would have been much fun. The band and I are so sorry we can’t be with you, but these are unprecedented times and the wellbeing and safety of everyone is the priority. I hope you are all keeping well as we look forward to the brighter times ahead. We will rock again. Love Paul

The PAUL McCARTNEY FRESHEN UP TOUR dates were as follows:

23rd May 2020 – Pierre Mauroy Stadium, Lille, France – details available
26th May 2020 – Paris La Défense Arena, Paris, France – details available
29th May 2020 – Goffert Park, Nijmegen– details available
31st May 2020 – Stadium Matmut, Bordeaux – details available
4th June 2020 – HDI Arena, Hannover – details available
7th June 2020 – Groupama Stadium, Lyon – details available
10th June 2020 – Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples – details to follow
13th June 2020 – Mura Storiche, Lucca – details to follow
17th June 2020 – Olympic Stadium, Barcelona – details available
21st June 2020 – TW Classic Festival, Werchter – details available
27th June 2020 – Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury – details available

From the promoter:

Since the Coronavirus has spread throughout France and around the world, we have shared and followed the advice of each government regarding the progress of this terrible disease, which, we know, has forced us to cancel the concerts we’ve been waiting for so long. We have explored the possibilities of finding alternative tour periods in Paul’s calendar, but this will not be possible due to Paul’s many ongoing engagements. 

Nijmegen – From paulmccartney.com, November 25, 2019:

“This is my first visit to Nijmegen and I’ve heard great things about it. It’s always so special to play in places we’ve never played before. We’ve freshened up the show since our last visit to the Netherlands and we are excited to be playing some of our new songs from the latest album as well as the songs we always love to play.” – Paul

Following months of speculation, and having just been announced as the headline act for Glastonbury Festival’s 50th anniversary, Paul McCartney today announces a special one off show in the Netherlands to take place in 2020 – four years after his last concert there – as well as seeing him visit Nijmegen for the first time.

Hannover – From paulmccartney.com, November 25, 2019:

“I have such incredible memories of my time in Germany and always enjoy every time I get to go back. Unbelievably it’s 17 years ago since my last show in Hanover. Can’t wait to see you all.” – Paul

Following months of speculation, and having just been announced as the headline act for Glastonbury Festival’s 50th anniversary, Paul today announces a one off special show in Germany to take place in 2020 – four years after his last concert there. It will also be just over 30 years since Paul played his first ever solo show in Germany.

Lille – Paris – Bordeaux Lyon – From paulmccartney.com, November 25, 2019:

“I’ve been to France many times over the years.  I love it.  We’ve had so many standout shows there and we always know the audiences are really up for it which makes it even more exciting. I’ve never played shows in Lille or Bordeaux before so to be playing in new places makes it even more thrilling.  See you soon!” – Paul McCartney 

Following months of speculation, and having just been announced as the headline act for Glastonbury Festival’s 50th anniversary, Paul McCartney today announces four shows in France to take place in 2020 – a year after his last concert there – as well as seeing him visit Lille and Bordeaux for the first time.

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Lucca – Naples – From paulmccartney.com, November 19, 2019:

Following confirmation of his headline slot at the 2020 Glastonbury Festival next June, Paul today announces two shows in Italy to take place in 2020 – seven years after his last concert there – as well as seeing him visit Lucca for the first time. 

Barcelona – From paulmccartney.com, November 28, 2019:

“We know the people of Spain know how to party and we are planning one big celebration when we get back to Barcelona next year. So, me and the band are looking forward to seeing you all. We want to rock out and fiesta with you again.” – Paul

TW Classic Festival – From paulmccartney.com, November 25, 2019:

We’ve freshened up since last time we saw you and we are getting ready for another memorable night of rock n’ roll. Last time the audience were just incredible and we can’t wait to make more great memories with you and share an unforgettable night.” – Paul

Following months of speculation, and having just been announced as the headline act for Glastonbury Festival’s 50th anniversary, Paul McCartney today announces a special performance in Belgium to take place in 2020 – four years after his last concert there.

Last updated on May 9, 2020


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