Download Festival Australia 2020 has been cancelled after My Chemical Romance announced they were cancelling their appearances due to concerns around travel and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Organisers released a statement today confirming MCR’s decision and said there was no time to find a replacement headliner.
“It is with intense disappointment that we announce that My Chemical Romance will not be coming to Australia to play Download.
“Given that this announcement has come barely seven 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 sideshows scheduled, to add headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne next week, stay tuned for these dates.
“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.”
My Chemical Romance took to social media to elaborate on the decision and apologise.
“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.”
Ticket purchasers to the Download Melbourne and Sydney 2020 events will receive a full refund including booking and payment processing fees.
Moshtix will contact account holders on March 16 via email with information regarding the refund process.