RICK Astley has been forced to postpone his free NHS gig at Manchester Arena until May.

The Newton star was due to perform later this year on October 28, with free tickets available for NHS staff and primary care workers, as well as those in the emergency services.

It will now go ahead on May 3 next year, due to uncertainty surrounding the reopening of theatres and concert venues.

Rick said: "I’m sad to say that yet again I need to announce the postponement of my upcoming UK tour to May 2021.

"This also includes the shows for NHS and frontline staff.

"Obviously I want to perform for you all as soon as possible, but due to not knowing when venues will open safely, we have to postpone.

"All of your tickets remain valid, so hold on to them and I’ll put on a great show for you next year."

Rick, who first shot to fame with the Stock Aitken Waterman produced Never Gonna Give You Up in ‎1987, originally promised the evening to feature a career-long set, from older hits like Together Forever to some of his most recent songs from albums 50 and Beautiful Life.