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Baroness cancel Brussels show after terrorist attack in airport, train station

Posted by on March 22, 2016

baronessleedsIt seems like we are going back in time and reliving the horrors that took place in Paris this past November when a group of terrorist caused made a coordinate attack to the capital of France which included the infamous attack at Le Bataclan where the Eagles of Death Metal were playing, leaving a death toll of 89. Today, another terrorist attack happened at a train station and airport in Brussels, Belgium leaving a body count of 31.

As consequences of the events, the entire city has been placed in lock-down and the security alert has been raised to its maximum. That means that access to the city has been heavily restricted until the government decides how to proceed and that affects bands who were planning to play at the city, which include Baroness, who was schedule to perform tonight.

The band was forced to cancel their show at the AB Theater in Brussels after the attacks took place, moving it 90 miles away to Sittard’s Poppodium Volt in the Netherlands. The band stated the following about the move:

We are very sorry to have had the BRUSSELS  show cancelled. Obviously, this was far beyond our control. We hope those of you in Brussels and Belgium are safe and unharmed. In light of the bombings and show cancellation, we have managed to organize a show in The Netherlands at Poppodium Volt. We do not encourage anyone to travel to this show in any UNSAFE way, so please be mindful with the following info: WE WILL BE ACCEPTING ALL VALID TICKETS FOR THE BRUSSELS SHOW TONIGHT , for those of you who may have a way to attend the concert in Sittard, NL. Additionally, if the conditions aren’t right for you (and we understand that this is the majority of you), refunds will be given on all tickets through the venue/promoter/ticket-service.  We will “make it” to Brussels in the future, and we’ll do our best to make up for the lost time. We don’t know exactly when it will be, but we’ve never permanently cancelled a show. Until then, we’d like to extend our thoughts and sympathy to any and all involved in the attacks today. This is horrifying to witness from so close a vantage point, and we ask you not to respond in any hateful or intolerant way to this post, or this situation.

This resonates to the same actions many bands were forced to do after the Paris attacked which pressured many performers to cancel their scheduled shows across the entire continent to ensure the security of their fans and themselves. Fortunately, Baroness was not in the city when the attacks took place, as they stated earlier today:

“We are not in Brussels. We don’t know what’s going on, or where we are going to go yet, but we’ll try to keep you up to date – and we’re going to look into playing a show somewhere.

“Everyone we know is ok at the moment, and we hope you all are as well. There were a couple bomb attacks in Belgium today, and we’re responding as best we can with the info we have. Stay tuned and everyone please be safe.”

We wish everyone in Brussels and the rest of Europe to stay safe in these difficult times.

We are very sorry to have had the BRUSSELS  show cancelled. Obviously, this was far beyond our control. We hope those of you in Brussels and Belgium are safe and unharmed. In light of the bombings and show cancellation, we have managed to organize a show in The Netherlands at Poppodium Volt. We do not encourage anyone to travel to this show in any UNSAFE way, so please be mindful with the following info: WE WILL BE ACCEPTING ALL VALID TICKETS FOR THE BRUSSELS SHOW TONIGHT , for those of you who may have a way to attend the concert in Sittard, NL. Additionally, if the conditions aren’t right for you (and we understand that this is the majority of you), refunds will be given on all tickets through the venue/promoter/ticket-service.  We will “make it” to Brussels in the future, and we’ll do our best to make up for the lost time. We don’t know exactly when it will be, but we’ve never permanently cancelled a show. Until then, we’d like to extend our thoughts and sympathy to any and all involved in the attacks today. This is horrifying to witness from so close a vantage point, and we ask you not to respond in any hateful or intolerant way to this post, or this situation.

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