Download Festival has confirmed that Phil Anselmo’s, Down, will not be playing the festival this year. Down removed themselves from the bill after Anselmo’s antics at this year’s Dimebash. Anselmo has since offered both a written and video apology.
In a statement, Download bosses say: “Down have cancelled all of their remaining European tour dates and therefore will no longer be playing Download festival 2016.”
Hellfest published Anselmo’s letter on their Facebook page. It reads: “My awful mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so. However, I must point out, you damned-well know me better than this drunken incident could ever describe. Hellfest is my heart.
“And my embarrassment is tremendous, because I only have love for people all over this skirmishing earth. So my brother, it f*cking rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don’t think I should do any Euro festivals this year.”