Black Grape cancel Doncaster gig - 18 years on from Dome break-up row

Shaun Ryder performing at the O2 Academy in Sheffield
Shaun Ryder performing at the O2 Academy in Sheffield

Indie dance rockers Black Grape have cancelled a gig in Doncaster this weekend - 18 years after axeing their last concert in the town after a bitter backstage break-up.

The band, led by Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, were due to perform at the Diamond Live Lounge on Saturday as part of a UK comeback tour.

But the plug was pulled on the show following what a spokesman for the venue described as “a breakdown between external sources.”

The band famously broke up backstage at The Dome in 1997 after feuding band members became embroiled in a bitter backstage bust-up, forcing that show to be pulled at the eleventh hour and leading to the demise of the group, whose hits include Reverend Black Grape and Kelly’s Heroes.

A spokesman for Diamond Live Lounge said: “It is with great regret that we have to announce that the Black Grape appearance scheduled for Saturday 6th June has been cancelled.

“We have no control over this decision as the gig was being promoted by an external source. There has been a breakdown between these external sources that has caused this action to be taken.

“We are deeply saddened by these actions, however, despite our best efforts there is no way the venue is able to resolve the issues.”

The DLL is now offering everyone that purchased tickets a free ticket to this Friday’s ZZ Tops gig and/or a discounted ticket to see Liverpool based 90s Britpop favourites Cast on June 27

For ticket refunds please contact the ticket merchant tickets were bought from.