Montebello Rockfest Founder Says Festival Will Live On As Outaouais Rock Files For Bankruptcy

Outaouais Rock, the company behind Montebello Rockfest in Montebello, QC, have announced that they are filing for bankruptcy. Despite this, the festival’s founder Alex Martel has assured fans that the festival will live on.

Martel said the following:

“Today, the Outaouais Rock organization, which has operated Rockfest since 2008, has filed for bankruptcy. The end of this entity does not mean the death of the festival that I have founded at 17 and that I have dedicated my life to.

Despite everyone’s efforts since late June to save the organization – including the KPMG firm, the former majority partners and myself – no agreement was concluded yet and the deadline for the last court extension has arrived.

While I would have strongly preferred an alternative solution to using the Bankruptcy law, I must respect the decision that was taken. I wish the former majority partners – with whom I am no longer affiliated – the best of luck in their future endeavours and I thank them for their contributions to the festival in the past three years. As the festival founder, I will accept my part of the blame and take the responsibility that is mine. I’d also like to personally send my sincerest apologies to those affected by this sad situation.

As of today therefore, I am free and back on my own as the ship captain as I was for the first 10 years. I’m taking back control of my own destiny. There is a lot of work ahead of me in order to put back together what I have built and to make things right, but I will roll up my sleeves and move forward with my head up.

I’d like to thank the long-time staff of the festival who continues to this day to follow me on this journey with loyalty; the bands that have shown support and understanding throughout this tough moment despite some being affected – this means the world to me and I will never forget it; and of course my family of festival-goers who are still with me and who have changed my life forever.

It’s for YOU that I won’t ever give up – I will never take your support and love for granted. I’ve always done it out of passion and I will continue to do it for the right reasons without letting anyone undermine this festival that has always been my baby. My goal is to continue to bring to you fun times in Montebello every summer as has been the case for the past 13 years.

I will grab some much-needed rest during the holidays and will be back at some point in January with some news regarding the future as soon as I can! In the meantime, you’re always welcome to send me your ideas, comments or proposals :”

[via The PRP]

Montebello Rockfest Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Just over a week after the 2018 Montebello Rockfest, the festival has filed for bankruptcy protection. The event has accumulated over $5 million in debt, but organizers intend on keeping it going. Spokesperson Gilles Corriveau commented:

“It’s a long-term decision, it’s not a short-term decision; they want to find a way to organize everything correctly so that in the years to come, there will be a… Rockfest. The bankruptcy protection gives them the opportunity for a few months to think about something else than paying people. The intention is to pay everybody.”

[via Edmonton Sun]

Lamb Of God, Dimmu Borgir, Cannibal Corpse, Etc. Set For 2018 Montebello Rockfest

Lamb Of God, Dimmu Borgir, Cannibal Corpse, Steel Panther, and Motionless In White have all been confirmed for the 2018 Montebello Rockfest. That event will take place in Montebello, QC on June 14-16, and more artists are expected to be revealed soon.

Rammstein, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bullet For My Valentine, The Offspring, Megadeth, Etc. Set For 2017 Montebello Rockfest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2017 Montebello Rockfest. The event will take place in Montebello, QC on June 22-25, and it will include: Rammstein, Queens Of The Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Alexisonfire, The Offspring, Megadeth, Wu-Tang Clan, Bullet For My Valentine, At The Drive-In, AFI, 311, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Good Charlotte, The Specials, Eagles Of Death Metal, Thursday, Parkway Drive, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Dee Snider, Face To Face, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, Good Riddance, Belvedere, August Burns Red, Soulfly, All That Remains, P.O.D., Born Of Osiris, Protest The Hero, Jello Biafara & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Sham 69, Discharge, Conflict, Les Sherrif, Reverent Horton Heat, Agent Orange, Craig’s Brother, Entombed A.D., Ensiferum, TesseracT, Monoc’ Serge & Anonymus, Grimskunk, Deadly Apples, Kataklysm, Exterio, M U D I E, Terror, Converge, American Nightmare, Ignite, No Warning, Sworn Enemy, Backtrack Lucero, Pup, Basement A Wilhelm Scream, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, The Unseen, Adhesive, Frenzal Rhomb, The Living End Down By Law, The Dreadnoughts, Dayglo Abortions, Breakdown Of Sanity, Norma Jean, Volumes, Blind Witness, Pepe Et Sa Guitare, The Birthday Massacre, Blessed By A Broken Heart, Death Before Dishonor, and more.