Big news broke out yesterday involving sexual assault allegations against Alpha Wolf frontman Aidan Ellaz, resulting in the band cancelling their last two stops on their MONO Australian Headline Tour. Today the band have announced they’ll be pulling out of all of their future shows including Download Festival and their support slot on Polaris‘ Mortal Coil Tour.
Polaris announced yesterday they had pulled the band from their upcoming headline tour stating:
“We as a band condemn abuse in any form within the music community and everywhere, and we support the brave decision of victims of any crime to speak out. We hope to be a part of creating an environment where any and every person can feel safe in the music scene. For anyone seeking support relating to these [sic] kind of issues, a 24-hour national sexual assault and domestic violence counselling line can be reached at 1800 737 732.”
Aidan has also announced he’ll be departing Alpha Wolf effective immediately and has released a statement on the band’s Facebook page in the process:
“In light of what occurred yesterday, I announce that I will step aside from Alpha Wolf so that they may continue on with band commitments. I feel it is my battle and I do not want to drag them through it. This has also made an impact on their lives both personally and professionally.
Due to the seriousness of the allegations I have not been able to respond or present my version of what actually occurred. This was on the advice of the label, lawyers and the police as this whole matter will now be throughly investigated. Sadly, because I have chosen to take that advice, some people have deemed me guilty. At this stage I can only say that the evidence and truth will come out in due course. I will now focus solely on what I need to do to assist in the processes.
With that I would like to say that I have never and will never ever condone or support any abuse of any kind. The things alleged are understandably distressing to most who have read them and I urge people to try not to hate on anyone. That includes the band, label and the people who have helped make Alpha Wolf what it is today.
I’m deeply sorry to all who have been affected by this.
To my family, close friends and fans, thank you for the support and understanding.”
The rest of the band will also be taking time off until further notice. We’ll keep you updated. Full statement below.