Italian metallers Lacuna Coil have cancelled their upcoming appearances at Download Festival Australia 2020 due to a coronavirus outbreak in their home region.
The band, due to play in Melbourne and Sydney this month, today issued a statement on social media.
“We regret to inform our beloved fans of South East Asia that due to circumstances beyond our control we must cancel our upcoming shows in Dubai, Bangkok, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore and Jakarta.
“Our home region of Lombardia, Italy, is in the midst of a Coronavirus outbreak.
“While cancelling is heartbreaking for us, everyone’s health and safety must come first and this includes our fans.
“We’re confident this emergency will soon be contained and we can get back on the road to you. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.
“Ticket refunds are available for headline shows at points of purchase.”
Download organisers said they “are working on a replacement now, stay tuned…”