This weekend’s TATTOO THE PLANET festival has been pulled in the wake of Tuesday’s (September 11) terrorist attacks on the US.
Organisers have revealed this morning (September 13) that the travelling metal revue, due to kick off in Dublin tonight, would not go ahead. A spokesperson said that international travel restrictions have made it impossible for many bands to get to Europe to begin the tour. The promoters had insisted yesterday (September 12) that the show would go on, despite NME.COM revealing that both Slayer and Static X, two of the events’ main draws, were still in the US.
Late last night, co-headliners Pantera issued a statement explaining that fears over the safety of international travel had helped cement their decision not to play.
“There are no words worthy to express the sorrow we feel for those who lost loved ones in yesterday’s terrible tragedy,” they said. “We have made the decision to cancel our participation in the upcoming Tattoo the Planet tour of Europe that was scheduled to begin tomorrow, Thursday, September 13. We apologise to our international friends and fans that we planned on jamming and partying with, but there is absolutely nothing in the world worth compromising their safety or ours.”
Promoters are set to announcement rescheduled dates at 5pm (GMT) today. Original dates for Ireland and the UK are Dublin Point Depot (September 13) Birmingham NIA (14) London Wembley Arena (15) Glasgow SECC (16).