"We are terribly sad to postpone, and even more distressed about what is happening the world over."
My Chemical Romance have postponed their upcoming Japan shows, causing concern about the future of Download Festival Australia.
The band were due to headline the festival here in their only Australian shows following the announcement of their reunion last year.
The band released a statement on social media earlier today regarding the cancellation of the Japanese leg of their tour.
"We are terribly sad to postpone, and even more distressed about what is happening the world over," it said.
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A representative for Download just yesterday told The Music "the festivals in Melbourne and Sydney next week will go ahead as planned".
"Download 2020 is proceeding as planned, and we are excited to welcome everyone to the event on March 20 and 21," they said at the time.
"Safety of our artists, fans, and staff is always our top priority and planned for accordingly."
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