The festival has been cancelled after losing its headline act.
Just one week out from their scheduled Australian visit for Download 2020, My Chemical Romance have announced they will no longer be travelling to Australia for the festival in light of the current global pandemic.
“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,” said the band in a statement.
“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.”
With the festival just eight days away, Download are unable to secure an alternative headline act and have announced this year’s event will no longer go ahead.
Despite the last minute cancellation, Download are working with My Chemical Romance and Deftones to organise separate headline Australian shows later in the year. Ticketholders for Download will receive a full refund.
“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,” said the festival organisers.
For more information, visit the Download website.