A SERIES of live summer concerts, which included big name acts coming to Teesside International Airport, have been cancelled amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Organisers of the 'Utilita Live From The Drive In' shows have said concerns over localised lockdowns being introduced made it impossible for them to plan with any confidence.

The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal, The Snuts, The Zutons, Sigala and Tony Hadley were among the artists due to perform as part of six weeks of live ‘drive-in’ entertainment.

Audiences had also been expecting sets from Russell Watson, Gary Numan and the Lightning Seeds on a specially constructed stage, but now all shows have been cancelled.

TicketWeb, which had been taking bookings, said a statement had been issued from organisers at Live Nation.

It said: “The Live From The Drive-In concert series will no longer proceed as planned this summer.

“We received huge support from artists, the live music production contractors, our headline sponsor Utilita along with our other partners, and of course you, the fans.

“However the latest developments regarding localised lockdowns mean it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence.

“We thank everyone for their support and eagerly await a time when we can watch live music together again.”

Organisers have said fans will not be left out of pocket.

The statement said: “Full refunds will be issued directly to all ticket holders within the next seven days.

“We've already issued a refund for your tickets, so you don't need to do a thing - you'll see a credit the card you used within the next seven days.

“You may see this as two credits- one for the ticket cost and one for the handling cost.

“We're sorry for any disappointment caused.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said he was 'gutted' at the announcement.

He said: "The six weeks of summer entertainment at Teesside Airport was shaping up to be something really special, and as we were due to host the only event in the North-East, I know many people across the whole region will be extremely disappointed.

“This decision has been taken by Live Nation for all of the shows across the country due to on going concerns about the coronavirus.

"Whilst I know many families and friends will have been excited to get their live music or entertainment fix this summer after months of frustration, everyone’s safety has to come first, and everyone who has bought a ticket will of course get a full refund.

“This would have been a really special and unique event at our airport, but there is still so much going on with our London City, Newquay, Aberdeen and Belfast flights up and running, and our Alicante flights will be launching shortly, as well as the resumption of our Amsterdam service.

“We also still have loads of events to look forward to across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, with The Killers rearranged concert at the Riverside Stadium planned for next summer, as well as the Rugby League World Cup coming to our region. Live Nation are also keen to work with us to bring events to Teesside Airport in the future.

“We have proved as a region we can punch above our weight by welcoming the likes of Take That, Jess Glynne and Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and despite this disappointing news, good times will return and we will welcome big stars to our region again.”