With the devastating news of Download Festival’s cancellation amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the fallout has only just begun to be witnessed by not only the fans but the bands, promoters and venues across the country who now, more than ever, need our help as the next few months look very bleak and uncertain.
The government have stepped in and announced a band on events for over 500 people for the foreseeable future as well as a 14 day quarantine for people entering the country, which as we all know, means a few tours that were supposed to take place over the next couple of weeks will either be cancelled, postponed or will still go ahead.
With this article, we’ll do our absolute best to keep you updated with the latest news surrounding the shows you were keen on attending and what’s being said about future gigs in the not too distant future…
Still Going Ahead
UNIFY Gathering 2021 – Will be taking place from January 21 – 24 and feature an All Australian Lineup
Download Festival Australia – I’m not crying, you are! Statement here
Jimmy Eat World – The folks at Frontier Touring made the announcement
Carcass – The Soundworks Touring team are trying to organise a headliner at a later time, but this has been axed for now.
Testament – Cancelled their Australian appearances.
In Flames – Aussie Tour cancelled
Dark Mofo – Officially canned for 2020
The Darkness – Canned their tour over the weekend. Refunds on the way!
New Years Day – Tour has been canned according to Live Nation
Baroness – Tour has been canned according to Live Nation
Bluesfest – Officially canned via Organisers
Antagonist A.D. – Tour has been canned according to Ash Hull
Slayfest Perth – According to organisers this one is officially canned
Unleash The Elephant Festival (Brisbane) – This is now canned too!
Groovin The Moo – The festival’s 2020 outing has officially been cancelled! – If you’ve already bought your ticket you have two options – hold onto your ticket for GTM 2021 OR receive a complete refund. We’ll be back very soon to confirm the date and time that our Moo Crew will be able to take up these options.
Unearth – Postponed until further notice. Refunds on the way back as there are no new dates incoming!
Teenage Bottlerocker – Canned via Arrest Records
Scalphunter – Canned their April 3rd show in Perth
Trapped Under Ice and Born Free – Canned via Resist Records
Dead of Winter Festival – Canned for 2020, will return in 2021
Iron Maiden and Killswitch Engage – Tour canned. Sad face.
Lenny Kravitz – This has now been canned…
My Chemical Romance – Looking to postpone their Australian/New Zealand visit until later. No dates or further info given.
Deftones – Their Download Fest appearance was axed, but they’re committed to rescheduling their sideshow/s later this year. All tickets are still valid and if you can’t make the new ones, you’ll be given a refund,
City & Colour – Management looking to reschedule later in the year. All tickets will still be honoured with refunds available to those who can’t make it.
Violent Femmes – Have moved their tour back to November/December this year. All current tickets remain valid for the new shows.
Ministry – Looking to reschedule their Australian shows. Their next tour is in July so it may be after that.
Under The Southern Stars – The festival featuring LIVE, Bush and Stone Temple Pilots is looking to be rescheduled on Feb/March 2021 with the same lineup! New dates should be announced this week
Confession – Postponed with new dates in September!
The Pixies – Postponed according to Live Nation
Big Pineapple Festival – Looking has been pushed back to November!
Thrash Blast Grind Tour and NILE – Both tours have been postponed by Soundworks Direct. Ticket purchasers will receive a refund via point of purchase.
Spendour in the Grass – Officially pushed back to 2021
Gravemind – Postponed until September according to the band
Dream Theater – Postponed until November!
John 5 – Has been rescheduled to September for his East Coast run!
Boys Like Girls – Postponed until September via Destroy All Lines
The Offspring and Sum 41 – Postponed… No new dates yet!
Slowly Slowly – Pushed back to October
Mariana’s Trench – Are now touring in September
WAAX – Postponed until October/November!
Life of Agony & Doyle – Postponed until September
Norma Jean and Cursed Earth – Postponed until October
Varials – Postponed. No new dates yet!
Karnivool – Postponed until September legends!
The Iron Maidens – Postponed until September
Dream on Dreamer – Final tour postponed. No new dates as of yet but they are coming!
Faith No More – Pushed back to 2021 via Frontier Touring
Under The Southern Stars – Postponed until April 2021
L7 – Postponed until May 2021 via SBM Presents
The Exploited – Rescheduled for Jan/Feb 2021 via DRW Entertainment
The Chats – Tour Postponed until November/December!
David Ellefson and Chris Poland – have decided to postpone the scheduled shows until February 2021 via Destroy All Lines
The Red Shore (Melb Reunion) – Postponed until January 2021
Steel Panther/Sevendust – Postponed until 2021
Thy Art Is Murder – Postponed until December
I Prevail, Motionless in White and Windwaker –Postponed until 2021. No new dates yet!
Parkway Drive, Hatebreed and Every Time I Die –Pushed back to July 2021
Black Veil Brides – Postponed until 2021. No new dates yet!
Saviour – Postponed until October/November
To Be Confirmed…
Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer‘s Hella Mega Tour
Got a gig you want us to find out about? Hit us up on Facebook and we’ll get down to the bottom of it for you then add it in our rolling coverage once we find out!
Revisit our interview with Destroy All Lines General Manager Chris O’Brien to see their plan for gigs returning and their future right here
Until then, support your fav local bands, attend shows that are put on (if you’re not sick) and do your part to keep the live music scene alive in Australia. In the industry and need some help, don’t forget you can reach out to Support Act who cater to helping artists, crew and industry workers during this difficult time.
If you or anyone you know needs help with their own mental well-being call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or find your closest Suicide Prevention/Crisis Support Organisation on Google…