Hellfest Organizers Announce “Hellfest From Home” Virtual Festival

The organizers of Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France have announced a “Hellfest From Home” virtual festival. The event will take place on June 19-21 and it will feature performances from past editions of the annual event. More details can be found on Facebook and hellfest.fr.

2020 Hellfest Open Air Festival Cancelled, Organizers Enter Into Dispute With Insurance Company

The 2020 Hellfest Open Air festival in Clisson, France has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will return on June 18-20, 2021. With this news, the festival’s organizers have also revealed that they have entered into a dispute with their insurance company after being told that they were not covered for this type of crisis.

Organizers said the following:

“Hellbangers,
The French authorities signed the end of the game. There will be no HELLFEST this year.

Over the past few days, many of you have been concerned about this 15th anniversary edition. You showed us your support in this unprecedented situation that hits us full in the face so badly. Just like you, we believed until the last minute that the festival could take place this year.

Unfortunately, in the face of this unprecedented situation, the Loire-Atlantique Prefecture and Ministry of Culture took the only reasonable decision, to ban the festival. The 2020 HELLFEST EDITION is therefore cancelled. We are supporting their decision and would like to thank them for their consideration and responsiveness towards our festival.

The longer the days went by, the more it seemed impossible to envisage a 2020 edition, guaranteeing a satisfactory organization and most important: your safety. Aware that the risk of contagion related to the Covid-19 will still be high in June, it would have been irresponsible and dangerous for us to allow tens of thousands of fans – shirtless and thirsty- to gather in such a restricted area.

The public authorities also told us that they are no longer able to guarantee the usual safety and rescue services (i.e. police unit, emergency units, medical support, etc) for any large gathering like ours.

With a heavy heart, we’ve come to the decision to postpone this 15th anniversary edition of Hellfest to June 18th,19th and 20th of 2021.

If you are in possession of a 3-Days Ticket or 1-Day Ticket for the 2020 edition, we offer you to keep your ticket for the 2021 edition, without any additional costs. You have nothing to do ! You will be send, as soon as possible, a new ticket valid for the 2021 edition of Hellfest!

If you do not wish or are unsure to participate in the 2021 edition, you have two choices :

Visit Ticketswap, the only official retailer of festival tickets that guarantees a secure transaction. No need to specify the tickets purchased by any other means will not be valid (Viagogo, Stubhub, etc.).

By choosing this option you will make a happy festival goer who was despaired not to come this year and our Association will be able to keep the value of the ticket to prepare the 2021 edition of Your festival.

Of course, and according to the law, a refund option will be offered in the coming days. We will come back to you about this once the solution is implemented, included for the specificities related to the different transport packages (train, bus, etc).
This is a real blow for our non-profit Association and to the entire territory.

Out of respect for you, the fans who made the festival what it is today, we want to be transparent about the impact this “forced” postponement will have.

As of today, the Hellfest Productions Association will have to face several difficulties. In contrast to other sectors (which will also be hard hit by a downturn in the economy over several months), our Association will financially lose a whole year.

The government measures, which we applaud, will not be enough to make up for the heavy losses we will have to face. Wages, general and promotional costs, bank depreciations are all incompressible costs that cannot be financed with a “blank year”.

Aware of the risks and its responsibility, Hellfest Productions Association has nevertheless taken care to take out insurance of type “all except” with the company named ALBINGIA, French insurance company located in Levallois Perret, for the modest amount of 175,000€.

Sum corresponding to the amount of the premium of the contract supposed to cover us of potential risks leading to a cancellation. The same insurance contract clearly stipulates that financial losses due to possible pandemics will be covered provided that the contract was signed before the outbreak and recognition of the pandemic by the French authorities or by the WHO. Our contract was signed on December 17, 2019, before the virus appears in China.

But here we are, our insurance company is demonstrating to those still doubting, that it is easier to pay insurance premiums rather than to obtain reparation for damages that we are supposed to be covered. Therefore, we were denied from ALBINGIA because this “type” of pandemic did not fit into our insurance policy.

We obviously contest this reading. For ALBINGIA, solidarity is for others, taking the risk of putting their policyholders in economic difficulties. Their reasoning is simple, take our contributions for a cancellation insurance YES, compensate us: NEVER. The idea?!

Playing with words and interpretations to start a trial which last for several years. Meanwhile, the company will keep the money we should be able to claim. This is the reason why we want to shed light today on these shameful practices especially in times like this.

Solidarity and commitments compliance should be the main concerns of insurers company.

In short, while we are waiting for a long procedure, only two words come to us for this specialized event and audiovisual insurance company: FUCK YOU!

Far from being a relief for us, this one-year postponement also puts in financial difficulties many actors, without whom the festival could not take place : intermittents, service providers, suppliers, partner associations, producers, artists, etc.

Some of them will be seriously affected by the loss of their activity, and we we would like to express our unwavering support to them. We will see you all in 2021, once these difficult times are over.

Despite these uncertain times, our motivation and our will are stronger than ever. Thanks to your support, to that of our partners (excepting the insurance one obviously …), to that of our volunteers, and all music lover in general, we will continue to wear the colors of the extreme music legacy, be sure!

All united to reunite soon !

Everywhere in France, calls for donations are multiplying to help healthcare workers directly affected by this tragedy. In the face of this situation, we couldn’t stay still.

As an unifying event of such a big community, Hellfest Productions wants to participate to the will but we also count on YOU !

We are launching an online fundraising fund to help and support Nantes University Hospital and donating 20,000€. This is the amount of the usual costs of our emergency doctors and units on the festival, protecting and taking care of you every year and who will not be solicited this year.

We invite you, right now and if you can, to donate to the « Hellfest For Health » in order to support medical research and our healthcare workers. You will show everyone that extreme music fans know how to unite and show solidarity and generosity towards those who are on the frontlines protecting us.

You will have over a year to perfect your headbanging. We will wait for you on June 18/19/20th, 2021 with even more impatience than usual! Until then, take care of yourself and your love ones and please, stay home.

We wish you all a pleasant confinement with the sound of saturated guitars! We will see you soon and will keep you up to date!

Hellfest crew”

Deftones, Faith No More, System Of A Down, Etc. Set For 2020 Hellfest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Hellfest Open Air Festival. The event will be held in Clisson, France on June 19-21 and the daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 19:

Mainstage 01: Deftones, Incubus, Opeth, Leprous, Ego Kill Talent, Soen, and Frog Leap

Mainstage 02: Volbeat, The Offspring, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Inspector Cluzo, Ghostemane, Danko Jones, The Wildhearts, and Laura Cox.

Altar Stage: Obituary, Death DTA, At The Gates, Entombed A.D., Grave, Unleashed, Cadaver, Necrowretch, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Temple Stage: Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Seth, Mephorash, Numen, and Tremplin Voice Of Hell.

Valley Stage: Electric Wizard, Baroness, OM, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Greenleaf, and Ecstatic Vision.

Warzone Stage: Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Powerflo, Youth Of Today, Dog Eat Dog, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, and In Other Climes.

June 20:

Mainstage 01: Faith No More, Infectious Grooves, Alter Bridge, Heaven Shall Burn, Thy Art Is Murder, Crystal Lake, and Fire From The Gods.

Mainstage 02: Deep Purple, Airbourne, Steel Panther, Alestorm, The Darkness, Last In Line, L7, The Dead Daises, and Galactic Empire.

Altar Stage: Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Flotsam And Jetsam, Exciter, Loudblast, Xentrix, Rectal Smegma, Brutal Sphincter, and Karras.

Temple Stage: Wardruna, The Hu, Ensiferum, Taake, Kamppfar, Einjerjer, Helheim, Aktarium, and Artus.

Valley Stage: Envy, Mono & The Jo Quail Quartet, John Garcia & The Band Of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Me And That Man, The Picturebooks, Duel, and Point Mort.

Warzone Stage: Social Distortion, The Toy Dolls, Agnostic Front, Reverent Horton Heat, Anti-Flag, Frustration, Guerilla Poubelle, Lion’s Law, and Grade 2.

June 21:

Mainstage 01: System Of A Down, Korn, Maximum The Hormone, BABYMETAL, Jinjer, Lacuna Coil, Kontrust, and Deadly Apples.

Mainstage 02: Judas Priest, Running Wild, Down, Michael Schenker, Doro, Delain, Sortilege, Battle Beast, and Tempt.

Altar Stage: Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Ingested, Dyscarnate, and Exocrine.

Temple Stage: Watain, Alcest, Belzebubs, Borknagar, Gaahls Wyrd, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Numenorean, Penitence Onirique, and Deliverance.

Valley Stage: Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life Of Agony, 3TEETH, Hangman’s Chair, Twin Temple, Inter Arma, Lysistrata, and Abrahma.

Warzone Stage: Walls Of Jericho, August Burns Red, While She Sleeps, Lionheart, Rotting Out, Landmarks, Moscow Death Brigade, and Wolfpack.

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Lamb Of God, Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Etc. Performing At Hellfest

ARTE Concert have shared pro-shot footage of Lamb Of God, Testament, Cradle Of Filth, Kvelertak, and Carpathian Forest’s full sets at Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France. You can watch those performances below:

Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Papa Roach, Etc. Set For Knotfest Meets Hellfest

Slipknot’s Knotfest will be teaming up with Hellfest for a “Knotfest Meets Hellfest” mini-festival in Clisson, France. The event will take place on June 20, one day before Hellfest Open Air officially kicks off. The following bands will perform: Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Papa Roach, Ministry, Sick Of It All, Sabaton, Amon Amarth, Powerwolf, Behemoth, and Amaranthe. Slipknot commented:

“As you know, owners of three-day passes are more likely to come on Thursday in Clisson. Delighted by these 10 exceptional names, Hellfest has agreed to lend its main stages to allow fans to enjoy another mini-festival. Best of all, we hope that this bonus initiative will make you happy and that you will keep enough energy to follow the three days of Hellfest. All hope is not gone. See you in Hell!”

Manowar, KISS, Tool, Etc. Set For 2019 Hellfest Open Air

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Hellfest Open Air festival. The event will be held in Clisson, France on June 21-23 and Manowar, KISS, and Tool will headline.

Here’s the daily lineups:

June 21:

Manowar
Dropkick Murphys
Dream Theater
Demons & Wizards
Godsmack
Sonata Arctica
Gloryhammer
Last Temptation
Gojira
Mass Hysteria
Ultra Vomit
Dagoba
No One Is Innocent
Lofofora
Blackrain
Klone
Tremplin Voice Of Hell
King Diamond
Hellhammer (performed by Tom G. Warrior‘s ‘Triumph Of Death‘)
Venom Inc.
Impaled Nazarene
Diamond Head
Trollfest
Uada
Aorlhac
Khaos-Dei
Carcass
Possessed
Pestilence
Kvelertak
Power Trip
Daughters
Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition
Cult Leader
Freitot
Sum 41
Descendents
Me First At The Gimmie Gimmies
No Fun At All
Hank Von Hell
The Interrupters
The Dwarves
The Rumjacks
Stinky
Fu Manchu
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats
Graveyard
All Them Witches
My Sleeping Karma
Radio Moscow
Conan
Valley Of The Sun
The Necromancers

June 22:

KISS
Def Leppard
Whitesnake
Deadland Ritual
Richie Kotzen
Kortini
FM
ZZ Top
Within Temptation
Architects
Bohse Onkelz
Eagles Of Death Metal
Fever 333
Whitechapel
Skindred
Like A Storm
The Sisters Of Mercy
Cradle Of Filth
Combichrist
Mykur: Folkesange
Carach Angren
Punish Yourself
Dool
Wolfheart
Shaarghot
Bloodbath
Dark Tranquillity
Candlemass
Moonspell
Archspire
Allegaeon
Trepalium
Cypecore
Dawn Of Disease
The Addicts
Le Bal Des Enrages
Sham69
Les Wampas
The Living End
Mad Sin
Batmobile
The Creep Show
Banane Metalik
Cult Of Luna
Envy
The Ocean
Cave In
Mantar
SUMAC
Will Haven
Fiend
Coilguns

June 23:

Tool
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Slash feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators
Stone Temple Pilots
Clutch
Blackberry Smoke
Eisbrecher
Nova Twins
Slayer (final French show)
Lamb Of God
Anthrax
Testament
Trivium
Death Angel
Municipal Waste
Insanity Alert
Alien Weaponry
Emperor
Tormentor
Carpathian Forest
Skald
Wiegedood
Lucifer’s Child
Cemican
Bliss Of Flesh
Hyrgal
Deicide
Cannibal Corpse
Vltimas
Immolation
Vomitory
Revocation
Devourment
Psycroptic
Embryonic Cells
Refused
Enter Shikari
Cancer Bats
Nasty
Beartooth
Morning Again
Employed To Serve
Brutus
The Amsterdam Red Light District
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
The Obsessed
YOB
Emma Ruth Rundle
Messa
Gold
Ddent

Slayer, Manowar, Carcass, Etc. Set For 2019 Hellfest Open Air

The first five acts have been confirmed for the 2019 Hellfest Open Air festival. The event will take place on June 21-23 in Clisson, France and it will feature: Slayer (final French show), Manowar, Carcass, Mass Hysteria, and Dropkick Murphys.