Tom Jones has announced that his concerts in Ireland this summer have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus.

The What's New Pussycat? singer made the announcement on social media, saying: "I'm really sorry to have to inform you that my shows scheduled for this Summer have had to be postponed until next year. As you most likely are aware, public performances are sadly not going forward as normal for just about everyone who works in music and entertainment. "⁣

The singer continued: "⁣⁣My team have been monitoring the UK government advice on organised gatherings and I now need to take this action to ensure the protection of fans, my crew and everyone who works in support of the shows. It is also important to help ease the pressure on those working on the front line to fight this virus."

"You all know how much I love performing but everybody's safety must come first. ⁣⁣Behind the scenes, we’ve been working with local promoters to re-schedule all the shows from this summer as closely as possible. To make it easy, all tickets already purchased for this year will remain valid for the re-scheduled shows in 2021."

Jones added that there is also the option of a refund at the point of purchase. 

The Dublin show will now take place on Saturday, July 3 2021, with the Cork concert now taking place on Wednesday, June 2 2021.

The two gigs in Belfast will now take place on Sunday, May 30 and Thursday, June 3 2021

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