Tom Grennan, Green Day, Louis Tomlinson, Yungblud and more acts cancel Russian shows

Many artists are standing in support of Ukraine.

Tom Grennan has become the latest artist to cancel planned shows in Russia and Ukraine this summer. 

The singer-songwriter made the announcement on his social media that he would no longer perform in either country, due to the humanitatian crisis emerging from Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

In a statement posted to his social media, Tom said: "In light of current events, I will be cancelling my shows in Russia and Ukraine which were due to take place in Summer 2022.

"My thoughts are with the brave people of Ukraine, and all those who oppose this devastating violence and seek peace."

Grennan joins a number of other acts, such as Yungblud, Louis Tomlinson, Iggy Pop and Green Day to cancel shows in Russia, after its troops invaded Ukraine.

Biffy Clyro also of planned performances in the country.  In a statement posted to social media, the bad said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all Ukrainian citizens and Russian people who desire peace."

The Scottish rockers were due to play Moscow's Park Live festival but have dropped out of the billing, alongside Placebo, who said they "stand firmly against the atrocious war currently waged against Ukraine."

See the other acts cancelling their Russian shows in support of Ukraine below:

Tom Grennan

Tom said: "In light of current events, I will be cancelling my shows in Russia and Ukraine which were due to take place in Summer 2022. My thoughts are with the brave people of Ukraine, and all those who oppose this devastating violence and seek peace."

Louis Tomlinson

Posting a statement to fans on social media, Louis said: "Due to the recent events in Ukraine, I have to sadly announce that my tour shows in Moscow and Kyiv are cancelled until further notice. The safety of my fans is my priority and my thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine and all those suffering from this needless war."


Yungblud posted: "I'm heartbroken to announce I will be cancelling my Russian shows scheduled for this summer. Heartbroken because I know the vicious and brutal acts of the Russian regime in Ukraine over the past week do not reflect the attitudes and ideals of the beautiful people who I have met in Russia in the past."

Speaking to his fans in Ukraine, Yungblud added: "My heart is with you - you've already shown such strength and determination, resisting this needless invasion. Everyone deserves to be the creator of their own destiny, rather than having it forced upon them by acts of war and aggression," he wrote. "Ukraine, I promise I'll come back as soon as I can!"

Green Day

Originally scheduled to perform at Moscow's Spartak Stadium as part of their Hella Mega Tour in May, Green Day announced: "We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it's so much bigger than that.

"But we also know that rock and roll is forever and we feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future. Refunds available at the point of purchase. Stay safe."

Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson posted a video to explain the group's cancellation. Speaking to fans in Ukraine, he said: "I want you to know that the band, the crew and I wish you all the best at this very difficult time...we're very, very sad to hear of the invasion of your national sovereignty."

Iggy Pop

Releasing a statement on social media, Iggy Pop's team explained: "The festival appearance of Iggy Pop in Moscow on the 10th of July 2022 is cancelled. In light of current events, this is necessary. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainians and all the brave people who oppose this violence and seek peace."

Bring Me The Horizon

Citing 'the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership,' Bring Me The Horizon wrote: "Ukraine is an incredibly special place for us.

“We are in awe of the bravery demonstrated right now by the Ukrainian people, and pray for a return to peace as soon as possible,” the statement continued.

“Russia, we also want to acknowledge that the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership does not reflect the ideals or beliefs of the incredible people we have met there.

“We will be using our platform and voice to do what we can to support Ukraine in these incredibly difficult times.”

Franz Ferdinand

Originally booked to perform in St Petersburg on June 29 and Moscow in July, Franz Ferdinand cancelled these performances. They said: "We are cancelling our Russian shows that are scheduled for this summer. The only reason for this is the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian state.

The group added: “We love Russia. This great country has inspired our band through its art and literature, and since we first played there seventeen years ago, we have built a rich and deep relationship with our Russian fans.

“Since Thursday morning, we have spoken to many of our friends in Russia via social media and have encountered unanimous opposition to this violence and solidarity with our Ukrainian friends."

You can donate to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal here to help those affected by the conflict, or via Choose Love here.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Originally scheduled to play shows at Moscow's Bol Festival and Kyiv's Palace of Sports this summer, the band have cancelled their concerts 'in light of current events.'

Releasing a statement, they explained: "Our thoughts and love go out to the brave people of Ukraine, their heroic leader, and all those suffering from this senseless war.

“Ukraine, we stand with you, and with all those in Russia who oppose this brutal act, and we pray that this madness is brought to a close soon.”

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Angry UK Chart Fan


Goes to show how stupid and annoying the Russian army's invasion is. Not that I should care if acts don't want to go to Russia, that's their problem (and a rather pathetic response). National identity is a b***h sometimes. Now I'm staying away from this . This isn't even chart related. Hmph.