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Stereophonics criticised for not cancelling their Cardiff gig amid coronavirus pandemic

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The Stereophonics have been criticised for allowing their gig at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena to go ahead amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

Fans packed out the venue to watch the Cwmaman band perform as part of their Kind 2020 tour.

Pictures and videos shared on social media from the band's official Twitter account illustrate how fans decided to attend the gig in their numbers, despite other major mass gathering events being cancelled.

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Wales’ Six Nations match against Scotland was called off and football fixtures including Cardiff City's home clash against Leeds United were postponed.

But many came back at the posts with anger, calling the decision to let the gig go ahead as "irresponsible" and "selfish".

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Coen Koppen wrote: "OMG. How incredibly irresponsible! It takes just one corona infected person to be there and the spread will be tremendous. Please help people social distancing and stop touring."

Bernard Kopp agreed and wrote: "The chances of someone in that huge crowd having Covid-19 whether they know it or not is enormous. Seems irresponsible. IMO, time will tell."

Harry McCarthy wrote: "This is so selfish, the people in the audience here are unlikely to be in high risk groups (they’re younger), but they could spread it to older friends, relatives and co-workers."

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Others disagreed and were glad the gig went ahead.

Lisa-Jayne wrote: "So glad that this went ahead! Despite all the comments from people stating it shouldn’t have, everyone who went clearly wanted to be there."

Alan Howells added: "Great night guys, fantastic set, playlist and perfect performance."

And Hayley Marie Clarke added: "Another amazing night as always! It was worth the journey and the risk. See you in Bangor."

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Stereophonics' management declined to comment and directed to the venue and the local authority.

On its official website, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff has provided a coronavirus update, stating "at this time, all shows and events are going ahead as planned."

Please be assured that the safety and health of all staff and visitors, is our main priority and we are implementing recommendations and instructions appropriately," the statement reads.

We are closely monitoring official guidance from the World Health Organisation, Public Health Wales, UK Government and local public health authorities and are working with event promoters and organisers as information evolves.

– Motorpoint Arena Cardiff statement