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Visa Issues Delay UltraBomb’s Canadian Tour

New punk rock supergroup UltraBomb has had to delay the live premiere of their first songs together, after visa issues scupper their planned November tour dates.

The band of Hüsker Dü’s Greg Norton, Finny McConnell from The Mahones and Jamie Oliver, until recently with U.K. Subs, had hoped to make their live debut in McConnell’s home of Canada. Then they got caught up in red tape.

“Due to problems with the Canadian visa process at present, we are going to have postpone our Canadian shows until February 2022,” the band said in a statement on social media.

“It’s really frustrating and not the start we wanted, but there is a way around it, and we’ll do what we need to do to make it good.”

All tickets for the original November dates will be valid for the rescheduled dates. Two of the gigs have already been rearranged, with full details on the band’s newly-launched website.

After the Canadian dates, now in February, UltraBomb will be coming to Ireland and the U.K., including a show in Jamie’s hometown of Nuneaton on April Fool’s Day and one more date potentially to be added in the North East of England.


All the shows are billed as including a mix of Hüsker Dü, U.K. Subs and The Mahones material, along with brand new songs from ‘Time To Burn’, the band’s debut album.

Recorded at Berlin’s Studio 25 this autumn, the majority of the lyrics for its 11 tracks have been supplied by Norton and ‘Time To Burn’ is due out in early 2022 on True North Records. Canada’s oldest independent label, it’s also home to The Mahones and Finny McConnell’s solo work.

Meanwhile, The Mahones – now celebrating 31 years as a band – are currently planning some St. Patrick’s shows and summer festivals for 2022.

UltraBomb’s Canada, UK and Ireland tour dates

February TBC, 2021, Ottawa, Ontario, Dominion Tavern

February TBC, 2021, Kingston, Ontario, The Mansion

February 16, 2022, Hamilton, Ontario, The Casbah

February 22, 2022, Toronto, Ontario, The Horseshoe Tavern

March 26, 2022, Belfast, Ireland, Voodoo

March 27, 2022, Dublin, Ireland, The Grand Social

March 31, 2022, Blackpool, England, Waterloo Music Bar

April 1, 2022, Nuneaton, England, Queens Hall

April 2, 2022, London, England, 229 Venue

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