Summerfest loses second headliner, Modern English, due to COVID-19 surge

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Modern English, a new wave and post-punk band from England, announced they are canceling their tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Modern English was set to headline Summerfest's Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage on Sept. 3. It was part of the band's 13-date tour to perform their 1982 album "After the Snow" live for the first time.

"The safety of the band, the crews, and most of all the fans has to be our priority," Modern English announced Wednesday. "We will be with you in 2022 and will reschedule as many concerts as possible. Stay safe and we will see you soon."

This is the second headliner Summerfest has lost recently due to rising COVID-19 cases. Pixies was set to play in Milwaukee on Saturday, Sept. 18. However, on Monday the rock band announced it was canceling its 11-date U.S. September run of their tour. The band was supposed to play at Summerfest's Generac Power Stage. 

Summerfest is yet to comment on the cancelation, including naming a replacement act. Summerfest begins Wednesday, Sept. 1 and is requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination for entry.

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