UPDATE: Cursed Earth Part Ways With Singer Jazmine Luders Following Allegations Of Abuse
UPDATE: Download Festival Australia Adds Two New Acts To 2018 Lineup
ORIGINAL STORY: Western Australian band Cursed Earth have become the second band to pull out of their scheduled appearance at the first-ever Australian edition of Download Festival.
Cursed Earth — who performed without frontwoman Jazmine Luders at UNIFY Gathering 2018 and
pulled out of HyperFest last month — have released a statement confirming they “have chosen to withdraw from Download Australia”.
“We are currently without a vocalist and as such, unable to perform to the best of our ability,” say the band.
“Statement regarding our vocalist to come over the next few days, we appreciate your patience in this matter. We sincerely apologize to any fans that were hoping to see us and we’ll be doing everything we can to make it up later in 2018.”
Cursed Earth’s removal from Download Festival’s inaugural Australian lineup comes after
Melbourne band Alpha Wolf also announced they would be pulling out of the festival earlier today, after assault allegations were made against their frontman.
In a statement, Download Festival organisers say:
“We have been notified this morning that Alpha Wolf and Cursed Earth will be withdrawing from Download Melbourne 2018. We will be announcing replacements in the coming days.
“Download Melbourne does not condone any form of violence, abuse or harassment. If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732. For help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.”
Download Festival is scheduled to hit Melbourne in March, for its debut Australian event. A
in the coming weeks. triple j Unearthed act is still expected to be added to the lineup Get To Know The 2018 Download Festival Australia Lineup
(In no particular order…)
Get To Know The 2018 Download Festival Australia Lineup
Festival organisers say the nu-metal legends' Download Melbourne show will be the only show of their upcoming trip down under. Korn last toured Australia as part of the now-defunct Soundwave Festival in 2014, and for a while
were trying to schedule a 2017 tour of Australia.
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
The only all-female act on the lineup, this LA punk quartet will bring their politically-charged new album
Warriors to Australia for Download next year.
(Photo: Lindsey Byrnes)
No strangers to the pit, these Swedish metal legends have been telling tales of Viking mythology since the '90s. This time around, they'll be returning to Australia with their latest album
Magma in tow.
Fat Mike and co. were scheduled to perform at Soundwave Festival in 2016, before the event went under. They'll return in 2018, backed by their latest album 'First Ditch Effort'. (Photo: Joe Leonard)
The band's ever-changing roster of hardcore punks hasn't stopped them from knocking out 13 studio albums over the past three decades. Their current lineup features Mike "Cyco Miko" Muir, Dean Pleasants, Jeff Pogan, Ra Díaz and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.
This Swedish war machine will leave a trail of destruction in its wake, as it powers its way through crowds with latest album
The Last Stand. Bring your helmets.
This trio of two Aussie brothers and their mate make dark alternative pop that's dotted with rock and RnB influences. They dropped their self-titled debut album earlier this year.
The French quartet have been messing with our heads through their intricate metal compositions since 1996, and have played at the now-defunct Soundwave Festival (RIP) in the past.
Fronted by Canada's Alissa White-Gluz, this Swedish band have spent two decades travelling the world with their melodic death metal, including their 10th and latest album
Will to Power.
These English pop-punks might have an average age of just 23, but they're rising so quick it's making our heads spin. They unleashed their third album
The Peace and the Panic in August. (Photo: Megan Thompson)
The prodigious metal stoners released their seventh album
Emperor of Sand this year, and will be touring Australia for the first time since 2015.
Falling In Reverse
No stranger to controversy, Falling In Reverse's frontman Ronnie Radke will be the centre of attention during his band's Download set. In September he
had a drink thrown at him after telling fans to "sit the fuck down".
The Madden brothers
were "hustling" for a spot on the 2014 Soundwave Festival lineup, but it didn't happen. They'll return with their latest album Youth Authority, for their first Aussie show since 2012.
Prophets Of Rage
This furious supergroup features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, and they recently revealed they were
planning their Aussie debut for 2018 off the back of their debut self-titled album.
Hailing from the dark depths of Tasmania, these death metal heads have a stack of albums under their belts, and have toured with the likes of Nile and Deicide. Their latest album was released in 2015.
Hot Water Music
These Florida punks have been in the game a looong time. They released their latest album
Light It Up earlier this year, and that's exactly what they plan to do at Download next year.
This Melbourne crew's debut album
The Rhapsody Tapes has made some serious waves this year (an ocean's worth, you could say), and they're ready to rep some nu-metal for their hometown. (Photo: Thomas Elliott)
These Melbourne punks aren't clowning around. Their molotov cocktail of punk, hardcore, rock and melodic pop came to the fore earlier this year with their latest album
Lucid Again, which they were kind enough to chat about in this track-by-track breakdown.
The Melburnian trouble-makers are off chops, and are known for a thrash punk frenzy that's as arousing as it is brutal. Just
watch this video for proof.
This savage California grindcore outfit have gone hell for leather since forming in 2009, and will be touring Australia in support of their latest record
You Will Never Be One of Us.
Of Mice & Men
Now without their former frontman Austin Carlile, these California metalcore heroes last toured Australia with A Day To Remember in 2016. (Photo: Lindsey Byrnes)
Fred Durst and company went rollin' through Australia in 2013, and since then fans have been holding out for their long-awaited sixth album 'Stampede of the Disco Elephants'.
(Photo: Chiaki Nozu / Getty Images)
This Atlanta outfit are known for their hybrid of metal and punk, with huge melodies and touches of hip hop and RnB rhythms. Just don't doubt their heaviness.
This Sydney metalcore crew needs little introduction, having toured up a storm in the wake of their latest album
Mesmer. They dropped a Silverchair cover recently -- could we see it played live at Download?
This Newcastle five-piece have been selling out tours and playing international festival since they released their latest album
Chemical Miracle last year.
The Story So Far
The hardcore-infused pop-punk group have been rocking out since 2007, and have three albums to their name. And that's The Story So Far.
These Melbourne metal punks have been dealing blows for the last six years, and they're not stopping anytime soon.
Make Them Suffer
The Perth metalcore outfit released their third studio album ‘Worlds Apart’ in 2017, and completed a 140-date world tour (!) in the same year.
This Melbourne hardcore/punk/metal outfit were the final band to be added to Download's debut Melbourne lineup, after
claiming victory in a triple j Unearthed competition.