Down pull out of the Download Festival

Down have pulled the plug on all their summer European festival dates – including their scheduled show at the Download Festival.

The news was confirmed by the Download Festival and Hellfest in France, where Down had been on the bill.

It has been a difficult few months for Down mainman Phil Anselmo who has been widely condemned for a ‘white power’ gesture made on stage at Dimebash in January.

As the show ended made a Nazi style salute and roared ‘white power’ before departing the stage. He later played the incident down and insisted he had been referring to the white wine he had been drinking earlier.

Video footage of the incident went viral sparking furious reactions from the rock community who pulled no punches with the former Pantera frontman.

Anselmo subsequently apologised with a lengthy piece on his website in which he said: “My biggest obstacles are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself," he says. "I will address these issues, head-on.

"I’m repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I’m going through right now is justified by the hurt I’ve caused. I realise we live in a society where apologies are not accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I’m shunned till I hit the dirt.

"From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused."

The future of Down remains clouded in uncertainty but their summer dates in Europe are now clearly off the table.

Hellfest posted a letter Anselmo penned in which he appears deeply regretful for the incident which he says ‘rips his hearts to pieces.’

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–king rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don’t think I should do ANY Euro festivals this year.

“So PLEASE I BEG YOU, give me this time to get my brain clear, and to come back (if you will have me back) next year my brother, I implore you!”