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The Streets have cancelled their 2022 tour, it has been announced.
Mike Skinner confirmed the surprising news this week, saying it was with a 'heavy heart' that it had come to this.
However, he noted that he couldn't continue to take people's money and had just experienced the 'worst week of his life'.
In a post on his Instagram account, Skinner apologised to his fans and announced that all gigs were being called off.
The 43-year-old wrote: "It is with a very heavy heart that I have to say that we have decided to cancel all live performances for 2022.
"It is not fair to keep taking your money for tickets knowing that with 1 case of covid, the whole thing has to stop. I’m really sorry to disappoint you.
"This has been the worst week of the worst year of my life."
Following the disappointing news, fans and friends of the songwriter piled into the comments to offer some words of support.
One user wrote: "Totally understand your position. Good luck mate."
Another chimed in: "Just try and stay positive."
"Sorry to hear that bro," put a third.
While another added: "Oh Mike…. You’re a decent man. Can’t wait til you can perform again."
One fan made reference to a recent Downing Street scandal, joking: "They wasn’t concerts they where business meeting with cheese and wine."
This brings us back to the news that a number of parties and gatherings took place at Number 10 Downing Street and other government departments last Christmas when the country was still in lockdown and get togethers were outlawed.
Boris Johnson and the UK government had denied for over a week that anything took place at Downing Street on 18 December last year.
At the time, London had just been placed in Tier 3 restrictions, which meant that people were not allowed to meet up with others indoors in a social setting unless they were in their support bubble or lived with them.
Millions cancelled their Christmas plans with family and friends.
However, despite the denial, a leaked recording from a Downing Street press briefing showed the Prime Minister's spokesperson Allegra Stratton and media advisor Ed Oldfield joking about the 'party'.
In the video, Oldfield asks: "I’ve just seen reports on Twitter that there was a Downing Street Christmas party on Friday night, do you recognise those reports?"
Stratton replies: "I went home,” she then starts to laugh and appears to have a think about what to say next, telling the room to 'hold on'.
Oldfield then asks: "Would the prime minister condone having a Christmas party?"
Stratton again laughs, before asking: "What’s the answer?"
At this point, other staff members pipe up in an attempt to help out - one can be heard to say: "It wasn’t a party, it was cheese and wine."
Stratton replies back: "Is cheese and wine alright?"
She then adds that it was ‘a business meeting’ before saying ‘this is recorded’, but she continues to laugh and then adds: "This fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced."
Stratton later resigned following the embarrassment caused by the video.
Just a few days later, a photo emerged of Johnson hosting a pub quiz from Downing Street on 15 December, which has raised questions over whether the Prime Minister broke the law while the rest of the country was being asked to stay away from family and friends.
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