Download Festival has been cancelled and Parramasala postponed due to coronavirus fears. Download Festival organisers announced this morning that the event, which was meant to be held at The Domain on Saturday March 21, wouldn’t go ahead after headliners, seminal emo band My Chemical Romance, pulled out. The Melbourne iteration of the festival has also been cancelled.
“It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone our performances in Australia and New Zealand,” My Chemical Romance said in a statement. “We felt this was the right decision for our fans, our band, our crew, and our families given the current global situation. We apologise to our fans, but please know that we didn’t come to this decision lightly.”
Download’s organisers said in a statement that as the band’s cancellation has come just seven days before the festival, they won’t have time to secure an equivalent headliner and have “reluctantly made the decision” to cancel the festival. All ticket holders will receive a refund, and organisers are looking at getting My Chemical Romance and Deftones, who were also playing the festival, out to Australia for headline shows later this year. There is no word yet on whether other bands due to play the festival, including Jimmy Eat World, Clutch and In Flames, will also reschedule shows.
Meanwhile, the organisers of cultural festival Parramasala, which was set to be held in Parramatta this weekend, announced last night that they are postponing due to coronavirus concerns. “Following significant feedback from communities and growing concerns over Covid-19, the Parramasala board has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Parramasala Festival,” organisers said in a statement.
The three-day event was set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, with more than 35,000 people expected to attend. The celebration of Sydney’s South American, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian diaspora and their cultures will be rescheduled for a yet-to-be-announced date. Stay updated here.
And food-rescue organisation Ozharvest has just announced that its ninth annual CEO Cookoff fundraiser, which was scheduled for Monday 30 March, has also been postponed. The funds raised at the event were meant to underwrite OzHarvest’s 2020 operations, leaving the company in “an extremely vulnerable position”, according to CEO Ronni Kahn.