European fans of legendary industrial metal act Ministry are going to be left in the lurch for the rest of the year, as the band has pulled the plug on all of its commitments in the region.

News about the tour cancellation came not from the band at first, but from organizers of the Damnation Festival in the U.K. In a Facebook post on the event’s official page, organizers said they had just received word that things were not going to go as planned.

We’ve just been told, literally minutes ago by e-mail, that Ministry have cancelled their entire European tour due to a festival they were due to play on that run being cancelled without any warning.

This is obviously a huge blow to Damnation, albeit not one that will have any impact on it taking place in Manchester in November.

We haven’t really had a chance to digest the news, or even start to consider a replacement as yet, but we didn’t want our fans to find out via third parties, or worse, have Ministry fans buying tickets tonight when we know they won’t be playing.

This is the statement we’ve been sent from the band:


“Due to previously unforeseen circumstances, including the recent cancelation of a festival, we are forced to cancel our fall Europe tour. Hope to see you all next summer.”

We’re sorry, and we’re here to answer any questions you guys have.

Thanks,
Gav

It should be noted that the band has yet to make any official statement on their social media accounts. Ministry’s latest European run was supposed to go from October 28 to December 1, with The 69 Eyes and Wednesday 13 opening up each show.

As prices continue to increase for everything from food to shipping to tour buses, bands have either had to rethink their touring obligations or cancel entire legs of their tours altogether. Even major bands like Anthrax aren’t immune from the problem.

Hopefully this isn’t a continuing, shitty trend for too much longer. Otherwise, you’re going to see bands stay in their backyards and you’ll have to travel to them to see any of your favorite acts live.