FREDDIE MERCURY birthday party and celebrations, due to be held in September, have been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis, the official Queen website announced.
Freddie Mercurys annual birthday celebrations will not be held this September, with an announcement being shared by the Queen icons official Twitter account as well as the bands. “*Announcement: Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party and Freddie Celebration Days 2020 Cancellation,” the post read. “@The_MPT sadly announce that the events in Montreux will not take place this September, due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus.”
A statement on Queens website said: “The pandemic affects all major cultural events and has severe consequences and repercussions for the organisation of future gatherings.
“The health of our party and festival-goers remain our priority.
“Our thoughts go directly to all attendees of both events who have already planned their trip to Montreux and the inconvenience that this decision will cause,” it continued. “We can only promise that we will do our very best to present you with an exceptional weekend of activities in 2021.”
The late Bohemian Rhapsody singer would have been 74 on September 5.
That day, the official birthday was scheduled to take place at Casino Barriere in Montreux, Switzerland.
The night was to feature live entertainment from Queen tribute act Bulsara and His Queens as well as a DJ set, food and drink.
The birthday party has been rescheduled for September 4, 2021.
The Freddie Celebration Days around the statue of the Queen star, which were to run from September 3 to 6, have also been cancelled.
Ticket refunds will be made automatically but may take up to seven days to arrive in the bank accounts of Mercury fans who had already purchased theirs.
Mercury cemented his place in rock musics history books as fans hearts as the lead singer of Queen.
His inimitable vocals on hits like We Are the Champions, Killer Queen and Somebody To Love ensured the band came to be considered among the greatest in British rock.
In 1987, Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS but kept the news private.
In 1991, just days before his death, he went public with the diagnosis.
Mercury died on November 24, 1991, just weeks after his 45th birthday.