The Human League have cancelled their Australian tour after music festival organizers reportedly failed to book visas for the band.
The group was set to headline the Rewind Festival at the end of this month, alongside fellow 1980s stars Sister Sledge and Kool and the Gang, but promoters dropped the acts from the line-up without any warning last week.
The '80s-themed event, which was recently relocated to Sydney, has now been axed altogether - and The Human League have pulled their remaining dates Down Under, blaming organizers.
In a series of posts on their Facebook.com page, the group writes, "Hi Guys. Sorry to say that it is indeed true we will not be playing at the Rewind Festival in Australia as we planned however please be assured (sic) that this decision was NOTHING to do with us, we were only informed of it ourselves about eighteen hours ago and we've just woken up in Hong Kong to find our non appearance has been unilaterally announced without our knowledge or consent.
"This action by the Rewind Promoter in Australia will also force us to cancel our side shows in Melbourne we're afraid because they were absolutely (sic) tied to the show in Wollongong and without it there is no way we can do them on their own. For example the promoter of Rewind was supposed to arrange all our Australian work permits and we are now aware that he hasn't even applied for them yet but it is far too late for us to make alternative arrangements.
"Again our deep and sincere apologies to all of you who were looking forward to seeing us at Rewind (and) at one of our Melbourne sideshows... Please be assured we are every bit as disappointed (sic) and angry about this turn of events as you are."
A message on the festival's official website reads, "Rewind cancelled. Please contact your ticket agent for a refund."
Tony Hadley, Go West and ABC, who were all slated to appear at Rewind, will still be honoring their Australian tour commitments.