Scrolling through social media, one would naturally assume My Dying Bride are focused on celebrating their upcoming album, A Mortal Binding, slated for release on April 19th via Nuclear Blast Records. With a new record, a tour or batch of live gigs is expected to soon follow, including festival appearances. However, according to Maryland Deathfest organizers, this may not be the case for these English doom metal legends. 
According to a statement issued earlier today (9th), the band has more or less ghosted the festival organizers for two months up until recently, informing them of cancelling all shows for 2024. 
With the festival just over a month away, organizers were left scrambling to find a replacement. In a last-minute deal, Agalloch have agreed to fill My Dying Bride’s slot for Friday, May 24th, marking their exclusive East Coast appearance and first since 2014.
As we await further clarification from My Dying Bride, we can’t help but feel concerned for the band. Their decision to apparently cancel all shows for 2024, especially with a new album shortly on the horizon, leaves us wondering. 

Read Maryland Deathfest’s statement below:

After 2 months of not receiving responses to our emails, My Dying Bride have recently informed us that they are cancelling all of their confirmed shows in 2024.
We suspect that the band will be posting about this soon, but we’re not waiting around for that because the fest is next month and you deserve to know now.
In addition to lost money and approved visas that will now go unused, our frustration stems mostly over the fact that there are fans who organized travel around their appearance at MDF, only for the band to cancel in the 11th hour without offering a legitimate reason for doing so.
Despite the short notice, AGALLOCH have confirmed to fill the vacant slot on Friday 5/24.
This will be an exclusive East Coast appearance for the band – their first such appearance since 2014.
Agalloch band spotlight.