Sad news for My Chemical Romance fans in Japan — the legendary emo quartet will no longer be playing the Japan legs of Download Festival 2020.
The band shared a statement earlier today, letting fans know that they are working to organise rescheduled shows. According to the statement, ticket holders will be able to attend the new dates with the original tickets.
“The promoter of our Japan shows suggested that we postpone the shows in Japan for the safety of the public, and we are heeding that advice. We had very much hoped to have alternate dates confirmed before we announce the postponement, to make sure our fans knew we had every intention of going back,” the band shared in a statement.
“Somehow word got out before we could do that. However please know we are working on rescheduling shows and will try to announce those soon. We are terribly sad to postpone, and even more distressed about what is happening in the world all over. Take good care and we hope to see you as soon as possible. Please be good to eachother.”
— My Chemical Romance (@MCRofficial) March 12, 2020
An additional statement from Download Festival Japan has been doing the rounds on social media.
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“We regret to announce that Download Japan 2020 and My Chemical Romance show in Osaka will be postponed,” The statement read.
“Currently, we are working on rescheduling the dates for each event. Purchased tickets for the original dates will be valid for the rescheduled dates. For those customers who wish to receive a refund, we will announce details of the refund process once we announce the rescheduled dates.”
There has currently been no word as to whether the Australian leg’s of Download Festival will be forced to cancel amongst the current coronavirus crisis. Download Festival Japan joins one of the many festival’s impacted by coronavirus; a global pandemic that has not only affected people around the world, but has infected over 114,000 and killed more than 4,000.
While discussions over the status of the Tokyo Olympics remain on the table, this last weekend saw the announcement that South By Southwest will not be going ahead this month, as well as Coachella Festival.