Slipknot have been forced to postpone a string of Asian tour dates along with their hotly anticipated ‘Knotfest Japan’ event due to health concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
The 2020 Knotfest Japan festival was scheduled to take place March 20th and 21st at Makuhari Messe in Chiba but fears around the growing number of COVID-19 has put the event on ice. Furthermore, the band’s planned appearances at Singapore Rockfest II, the Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta and a headline show in Manila have all been postponed.
In a statement issued through their social media channels, Slipknot said: “In light of global health concerns, Slipknot have decided to postpone their upcoming Asian tour, including Knotfest Japan. While decisions like this are not easy, the safety and well-being of the band’s fans always comes first.
“Furthermore in this case, the bands and artists, crew and local employees are also equally affected, and as such, this was the only responsible decision that could be made. Slipknot and Knotfest will both return to Asia very soon, and at such time that everyone can be ensured of the best experience possible.”
The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 5th, 2020, more than 95,000 cases have been confirmed, of which 7,100 were classified as serious.
With more than than 3,200 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 110 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America.