Annihilator were packing up their gear from the Rescue Rooms venue at around 1AM, when a large fire broke out next door. 1,400 people were evacuated from the venue as well as others from surrounding buildings. No one was injured in the incident. Emergency services were called to the scene and were still putting the fire out on Thursday afternoon, causing significant disruption to the city’s transport services. Some of Annihilator’s equipment was still in the venue at the time of the fire and the band and its crew were unable to retrieve it until Thursday.
The band were forced to cancel the Birmingham show on Nov 19th, although will still be playing their final date in the UK at London Islington Academy on Nov 20th.