THE WILDHEARTS have cancelled their appearance at the Hope & Anchor in Islington, London, this Thursday, July 18th. Says mainman Ginger: "We cancelled the gig because of lack of honor between artist and venue. The H&A agreed to have the show billed as a secret gig, for the hardcore fans only. When they decided to put the tickets up for sale on the Internet, without our permission, they breached the contract and went against the whole idea - which was a secret gig to be announced on the day before the show, to allow everyone the chance of getting a ticket.
"A show like this was expected to sell out instantly. It's only fair that all fans be given the chance to obtain tickets, not just those with computers. Selling only to those with Internet access is unfair to those with jobs and without regular Internet access. We wanted to be able to get the message to everyone the day before, and give everyone a chance to get tickets the next day. Sorry for the inconvenience, but fair is the only way."
In other news, THE WILDHEARTS have been confirmed for Japan's Summer Sonic 2002 festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 17-18 in Osaka and Tokyo. Other artists set to appear at the event include GUNS N' ROSES, THE OFFSPRING, NOFX, ANDREW WK, DISTURBED, HOOBASTANK, RAGING SPEEDHORN, THE HIVES, MURDERDOLLS and RIVAL SCHOOLS.
Also on THE WILDHEARTS front, the band have announced additional dates for their upcoming headlining UK tour to celebrate the release of the "Vanilla Radio" single:
Sept. 24 – University – Leicester, UK
Sept. 25 – Junction - Cambridge, UK
Sept. 26 - Town Hall - Middlesbrough, UK
Sept. 27 - Lemon Tree - Aberdeen, UK
Sept. 28 – Leadmill - Sheffield, UK
Sept. 29 – Rios - Bradford, UK
Sept. 30 - Lemon Grove - Exeter, UK
Oct. 01 – Roadmender - Northampton, UK
Oct. 03 – Astoria - London, UK
As previously reported, THE WILDHEARTS will be supporting ALICE COOPER on his UK tour in November.