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Australia’s Download Festival 2020 Scrapped After My Chemical Romance Cancellation

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My Chemical Romance perform at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 2019.

Australia’s Download Festival won’t be rocking out next week.

Spread across dates in Melbourne (March 20) and Sydney (March 21), the metal and hard rock spectacular had a bill featuring headliners My Chemical Romance, Deftones, Jimmy Eat World and more.

Those plans have come unstuck with MCR announcing they would postpone their performance in Australia and New Zealand. “We felt this was the right decision for our fans, our band, our crew, and our families given the current global situation,” reads a statement from the reunited emo band. “We apologize to our fans, but please know that we didn’t come to this decision lightly.”

Organizers Live Nation admit there’s insufficient time to secure an alternative headliner, process visas and arrange the other relevant logistics ahead of the festival.

“As we are unable to deliver a complete line-up to meet the standard that Download fans both expect and deserve, we have very reluctantly made the decision to cancel Download Australia 2020,” the promoter's statement reads.

Australia isn’t immune from the global health pandemic, and its concerts space is feeling the stress of multiple cancelations.

On Friday, the live entertainment industry’s trade body issued a reminder to government that the sector was facing tough challenges ahead. ‘’We also need to provide certainty for the ticket-buying public that while it’s ‘business as usual’ for now,” says Live Performance Australia CEO Evelyn Richardson, “when things change in the future, the government will be there to support the industry through disruption.”

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STATEMENT REGARDING DOWNLOAD AUSTRALIA 2020 Melbourne Friday March 20 || Showgrounds Sydney Saturday March 21 || The Domain It is with intense disappointment that we announce that My Chemical Romance will not be coming to Australia to play Download. MCR have released the following statement today: “To our dearest friends – It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone our performances in Australia and New Zealand. We felt this was the right decision for our fans, our band, our crew, and our families given the current global situation. We apologize to our fans, but please know that we didn’t come to this decision lightly. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being with you all again as soon as we can. In the meantime, please be good to each other.” My Chemical Romance Given that this announcement has come barely 7 days prior to Download Australia we will not be able to secure an alternative headliner as there is insufficient time to secure visas and arrange the other relevant logistics that are required prior to the festival. As we are unable to deliver a complete line-up to meet the standard that Download fans both expect and deserve, we have very reluctantly made the decision to cancel Download Australia 2020. The Download team has been working around the clock to create an unforgettable experience for heavy music fans and we are devastated not to be able to deliver this show to Australian Downloaders as planned. We are currently working with both My Chemical Romance and Deftones to schedule separate headline shows in Australia in 2020 and will update you all as soon as we have these. We are also working with a number of artists who have official Download side shows scheduled, to add headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne next week, stay tuned for these dates. All ticket purchasers to the Download Melbourne and Sydney 2020 events will receive a full refund including booking and payment processing fees. We appreciate that the decision to cancel Download Australia will cause huge disappointment and may create major difficulty for ticket holders, for which we sincerely apologise. Please contact Moshtix directly.

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The immediate future of touring in these parts in under a cloud after prime minister Scott Morrison on Friday (March 13) announced gatherings of more than 500 people would be canceled across the country to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The ban comes into effect from Monday (March 16) but would not apply to schools, universities, public transport or airports.

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