Download Festival Australia 2020 has been cancelled amid COVID-19 fears

(Image credit: Supplied - Download Festival)

Despite reports from earlier this week assuring punters that the Download Festival would indeed return to Australian shores as scheduled, organisers Live Nation and Secret Sounds have today confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 event. 

The news comes as headliners My Chemical Romance (who recently emerged from a six-year hiatus) pulled out from the event, citing fears surrounding the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a statement, the band wrote, "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."

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