Photo by Stefano Mazzola/Getty Images – Stand With Ukraine:
Worldwide rallies and protests condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine include the “march for peace” pictured in St. Mark’s square in Venice, Italy, on March 2, 2022.
Twenty One Pilots was supposed to play Otkritie Arena in Moscow July 10 as part of its summer European tour. The band tweeted March 1,” Due to the current tragic events, it is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of our Moscow show. This news feels insignificant given the gravity of what is happening. Peace will win and we hope for a time we can visit you again. We stand with Ukraine.”
The site of Atlas, the venue the festival is named after, has been transformed into a shelter and collection point for necessities like water and food.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds shared the following update on Twitter March 1: “In light of current events, we have no choice but to cancel our shows in Russia and Ukraine which were due to take place this summer.
“Our thoughts and love go out to the brave people of Ukraine, their heroic leader, and all those suffering from this senseless war.
“Ukraine, we stand with you, and with all those in Russia who oppose this brutal act, and we pray that this madness is brought to a close soon.”
Franz Ferdinand lead singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos posted a thread of tweets about the band’s cancellations in Russia: “We are cancelling our Russian shows that are scheduled for this summer. The only reason for this is the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian state. We love Russia. This great country has inspired our band through its art and literature and since we first played there seventeen years ago, we have built a rich and deep relationship with our Russian fans. Since Thursday morning, we have spoken to many of our friends in Russia via social media and have encountered unanimous opposition to this violence and solidarity with our Ukrainian friends. We know you see the madness of your country’s leadership. We know you do not want war. We do not want war. Despite the tragedy of this situation, we still burn a flame of optimism in our hearts and look forward to the day when we can return in a time of peace to share the joy of music together again.”
As for Bring Me The Horizon, the band posted the following statement on Twitter March 1: “In solidarity with Ukraine and to stand against the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership, we must cancel our forthcoming dates in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
“Ukraine is an incredibly special place for us. We have toured & made numerous music videos there, making lots of strong bonds & life long friendships. We are in awe of the bravery demonstrated right now by the Ukrainian people, & we pray for a return to peace as soon as possible.
“Russia we also want to acknowledge that the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership does not reflect the ideals or beliefs of the incredible people we have met there.
“We will be using our platform and voice to do what we can to support Ukraine in these incredibly difficult times.”
The Killers and Iggy Pop have nixed their respective July appearances at Park Live Festival in Moscow, according to Billboard.
“The festival appearance of Iggy Pop in Moscow on the 10th of July 2022 is canceled. In light of current events, this is necessary. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainians and all the brave people who oppose this violence and seek peace. #StandingWithUkraine” Iggy Pop tweeted March 1.
Billboard reports that Yungblud and Health have also called off shows in Russia.
As previously reported, other artists who have canceled tour dates in Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine include Louis Tomlinson, Green Day, AJR and Russian rapper Oxxxymiron.