Last week, we reported that Baltimore’s Sonar music venue was shut down, thus causing a bit of a headache for the Maryland Deathfest. And though the festival was going to move on despite needing a new venue, it’s been announced that Sonar will indeed be reopened in time for the Maryland Deathfest, which will be on May 26-29.
The Maryland Deathfest had the following to say in regards to the good news:
“Sonar will be re-opening before MDF, and technically they already have. These last couple of days have been incredibly confusing and stressful, but we are currently back to the regularly scheduled program. And don’t worry, beyond plan B is a plan C, because that’s how we roll. See you in a couple of weeks.”
This is certainly a big relief not only for the organizers but also fans planning to attend the show (though whether the festival was going to happen or not was apparently never in jeopardy).
However, Death Breath will not be joining the festival at the Sonar as originally planned. The Swedish old school death metal band has been forced to pull out of the show due to scheduling conflicts. Death Breath released the following statement about the pull out (which, mind you, had nothing to do with the venue issues):
“We are really sorry, but we can’t make it to the Maryland Deathfest this year. Production difficulties with the complexity of the band being spread all over the world made an error in the schedule, so we simply had to cancel as we felt we couldn’t achieve a good performance. To do a one-off show is actually more difficult than we thought. We are very sorry for this and wanna say thanks for understanding to the fans and the promoter.”
Unfortunate as it is to lose a band, at least the festival still has its venue. You can check out the current running order of bands for this year’s Maryland Deathfest online.