Download Festival Australia cancelled

Music festival Download has made the decision to cancel the event one week out from the Melbourne leg.

The organisers have made the "reluctant" decision to cancel the festival after headliner My Chemical Romance pulled out today.

"Given that this announcement has come barely 8 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," says Download.

"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."

Promoters are working with both My Chemical Romance and co-headliner Deftones to schedule separate shows in Australia in 2020.

All ticket purchasers will receive a full refund including booking and payment processing fees.

My Chemical Romance also released a statement regarding the band's decision to pull out from its Australian and New Zealand tour. Read the statement below:

"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

Updated 10:53am AEDT on 13 March 2020.


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