Metallica was scheduled to perform in Chile, Argentina and Brazil throughout the month of April, but has moved the six-date trek to December. Tour support Greta Van Fleet has committed to attending the December dates once they are rescheduled, though the venues may change.
For fans in the United States, Metallica apologized for being unable to play the DWP festivals due to their cancellation, but said that they are still scheduled to play Louder Than Life in Louisville, which has now added a fourth day to the event and will run Sept. 17-20. Fans who bought tickets to the festival will have access to the newly added dates.
"We are crushed to say that Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple are being canceled due to the governmental restrictions on mass gatherings," DWP said about the festival cancellations in a release. "We respect these directives and recognize they are in the best interest of the greater good, as well as the health and safety of our fans, musicians, partners, and staff. Before accepting this fate, we worked really hard to try to reschedule the festivals. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts, venue availabilities and a number of other factors out of our control made postponing impossible. Make no mistake, each of these festivals will return in May 2021 bigger and stronger than ever!"
Ticketholders for the three cancelled festivals can seek a full refund from DWP, apply the ticket to the festival's 2021 edition or exchange it for a pass to another DWP festival still scheduled to take place this year, including Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond, Hometown Rising and Aftershock.
"We have also arranged for many of the bands from Sonic, Epicenter and Rockville to play at Louder Than Life and will be announcing that as soon as we feel appropriate," DWP added. "Because we were not able to reschedule the Spring festivals, we want Louder Than Life to be an inclusive celebration of all of those festivals. It’s not a perfect solution, but these are imperfect times. It is our sincere hope that we are all able to heal together with massive celebrations this Fall."
Due to uncertainty surrounding the containment of coronavirus, for the time being, DWP said it will hold off on announcing lineups or putting passes on sale for its remaining festivals.