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.”
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.