Ghost forced to pull out of Download


Ghost have been forced to pull out of their performance at this year’s Download festival (opens in new tab).

They were due to take to the Maverick Stage at 6.25pm later today (Sunday) but report they’ve had to cancel their set as frontman Papa Emeritus III is unwell.

The group issued a statement via the festival’s official Twitter account saying: “We regret to inform you that due to a severe case of laryngitis, Ghost will not be able to perform at Download 2016.”

There’s no word if their upcoming shows will be affected. Their next scheduled performance is in Norway on June 15.

Ghost have been on tour in support of 2015 album Meliora.

TeamRock is at Download all weekend. Visit to keep up with all the news, reviews and interviews from the festival as they happen.

See more

Ghost remaining 2016 tour dates

Jun 15: Fornebu Telenor Arena, Norway
Jun 16: Bergenfest, Norway
Jun 18: Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium
Jun 19: Hellfest, France
Jun 21: Herning Jyske Bank Boxen, Denmark
Jun 24: Tons Of Rock, Norway
Jun 30: Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 02: Hell & Heaven, Mexico
Jul 29: Lollapalooza, IL
Sep 17: Rock Allegiance, PA

Ghost say covers EP will bridge the gap to new sound

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.