THE RAIN IN SPAIN PLAYS ITS PART IN BIZKIT CANCELLATION

Fred Durst has promised the band will return to Madrid as soon as they can, as their safety experts explain why tonight's festival show was pulled...

LIMP BIZKIT have issued a statement explaining their last-minute decision to pull out of tonight’s (May 19) appearance at a rock festival in MADRID, NME.COM can exclusively report.

As reported earlier on NME.COM, the band decided not to play their headline slot at the Festimad event, where there has been rain in recent days, because of safety fears.

Now the band’s management and their safety consultants have explained exactly why they made the decision – and Fred Durst has apologised to let-down fans, promising that they will return “as soon as possible”.

A statement just issued by the band’s management company, The Firm, reads: “The Festimad promoter had signed a contract and rider that specifically outlined every safety requirement.” The band’s security and production managers added: “The barricade the Festimad Festival’s promoter had intended for use was made specifically for indoor arenas. It is completely inadequate for outdoor conditions. Limp Bizkit is totally focused on the safety of their fans.

“Further major concerns about the barricade’s ineffectiveness arose due to the adverse weather conditions in Madrid, as it had rained heavily the previous night.”

Frontman Fred Durst added: “Everything we do is for our fans. We deeply regret that they have been robbed of an opportunity to see Limp Bizkit. The inferior security measures of this festival could have caused harm and nothing is worth risking the safety of our fans. We love the city of Madrid and the fans we’ve met here. We definitely plan to come back as soon as possible.”

To read the earlier story, click here.