The Jakarta Post
Established in 2012, the annual Hammersonic festival is considered one of the biggest metal and rock festivals in Southeast Asia. (Hammersonic/File)
Amid the global spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the fate of the annual metal music festival Hammersonic 2020 slated for March 27 and 28 is at stake.
On Tuesday, Hammersonic promoter Ravel Entertainment announced that metal bands Lacuna Coil of Italy and Vulvodynia of South Africa had canceled their performances at the upcoming festival following travel bans from their respective countries.
“In relation to the global pandemic of COVID-19 in several countries including Indonesia, we, as the promoters of Hammersonic, are currently coordinating with all stakeholders, including the artists, the government and other related parties,” read the statement.
Dear our loyal Hammerheads, Thank you for your patience that already waiting updated news from Hammersonic. For safety & regulation reason we need to ensure Hammersonic follows the circumstances. Currently, we are looking for the band replacement and hope it can redeem this unfortunate condition. Thank you for all support and please follow our official channel for continuous updates. #Hammersonic #Hammersonic2020 #RiseOfTheEmpire
The promoter also announced it was considering several options, which included rescheduling the festival and finding band replacements to substitute for the cancelled acts.
All Hammersonic ticket holders were advised to wait for updates from the organizers’ official social media accounts.
Hammersonic was first held in 2012 and is considered one of the biggest metal and rock festivals in Southeast Asia.
International groups that have graced its stage include Bullet for My Valentine, Hatebreed, Morbid Angel, Lamb of God, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Gorgoroth and Megadeth.
Hammersonic 2020 is currently scheduled to take place on March 27 and 28 at Carnaval Beach, Ancol, in North Jakarta with headliners such as Black Flag and Slipknot.
On Monday, pop culture music festival Head in the Clouds Jakarta, initially scheduled to be held on March 7, was postponed after the government confirmed that two Indonesians had tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) earlier that day. (gis/kes)
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