UPDATE 19/01/19, 5.00pm: Headliner Ozzy Osbourne Pulls Out Of Download Festival Australia 2019
Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled his headlining slot at Download Festival Japan due to ill health.
In a statement on their website, the organisers of the Japanese leg of the global rock and metal bash write:
“Following Ozzy’s recent postponement of UK and European tours due to ill health, the Download Japan team has been wishing for a speedy recovery in the hope that he would be able to perform at the festival. Unfortunately however, Ozzy has been forced to cancel his appearance at Download Japan 2019 on doctor’s orders. We apologize to his fans, and anyone inconvenienced by this news.
Ozzy, who has been suffering from pneumonia, has left the hospital, but has been told to continue to receive treatment at home for a period of six weeks. We wish Ozzy all the best for a full and speedy recovery, and a comeback show in Japan.
We are currently working towards the announcement of additional acts for the festival. Thank you for your patience. We kindly ask for your understanding that refunds will not be issued in the case of lineup changes.”
It almost certainly means The Prince Of Darkness’s headlining set at the Aussie leg of the festival will be axed also, since the Japanese Download is happening two weeks after the Australian one.
Music Feeds has contacted local organisers for comment and will bring you any more news as it develops!!!
— Download Festival Japan (@DownloadFestJP) February 19, 2019