Hellfest 2020: an overview of the biggest rumours


Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage next year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. In this article, we ask ourselves: who will we see at Hellfest 2020?

Hellfest will announce its line-up on Tuesday 26 November. Who could headline the French metal festival?

Here is an overview of the main rumours (in random order).

System of a Down

They’re back! System of a Down have officially announced their first festivals for 2020: Provinssi in Finland, and Rock am Ring & Rock im Park in Germany. It seems like the Armenian-American metal band will do a full festival tour, so more dates are expected. Hellfest takes place after RaR & RiP, and one week before Provinssi, so System of a Down are very likely.


Photo: Nathan Gallagher

A major contender for Hellfest next year is Volbeat. Their last performance in Clisson dates back to 2016, and it was a memorable one. Having released a brand new album, the Danish metalheads are definitely going on tour. They have already been announced as headliner for Rock am Ring & Rock im Park 2020. Although Volbeat may not be as well-known in France as they are in Germany and Scandinavia, the band is a well-established Hellfest highlight.

Mercyful Fate

Photo: Kamiel Scholten/Festileaks

The Danish legends Mercyful Fate will reunite in 2020! The band will perform at festivals next summer, including Wacken Open Air and Copenhell. With two confirmed festivals already, Mercyful Fate is a highly probable act for next year’s edition of Hellfest.

Judas Priest

Judas Priest will be around again next year. From January to March 2020, the rockers will be touring across Europe along with Ozzy Osbourne. However, no show in France has been confirmed. It possibly means that an agreement has been made with the French festival. We know the Englishmen will be in Europe in the summer as well, as they have been announced for Wacken Open Air in Germany and Mystic Festival in Poland.


Photo: Frank Maddocks

In 2020 it will be four years since Deftones’ last album, Gore. However, frontman Chino Moreno has told Argentinian Rock.com.AR that new songs are on their way. This seems like a perfect reason to go on tour again, and that is exactly what the Americans are doing. German twin festivals Rock am Ring & Rock im Park 2020 are already among the first confirmations.


Photo: Dean Karr

Korn have just released a new record called The Nothing. Now it’s time to take this new music to the festivals. In 2020, the American nu-metal band will definitely perform at Rock am Ring & Rock im Park in Germany, but more dates will surely follow. Korn have not played at Hellfest since 2016, so it’s about time.


Photo: Ville Akseli Juurikkala

In July 2019, Nightwish announced that a new album is in the works. It is set to be released in spring 2020, which makes it perfect timing for a festival tour in summer. So far the Finnish band have only confirmed Mystic Festival in Poland, but this is unlikely to be the only one. Can we expect a return to Hellfest?

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses have been announced for the South American Lollapalooza festivals in spring 2020. Quite often, this means a band will travel to Europe afterwards. The last time Guns N’ Roses came to Europe, during the Not in This Lifetime Tour in 2018, they performed at a few festivals, including Graspop and Download, but other major events like Mad Cool or Pinkpop missed an opportunity to get them. It would not be unreasonable to think about GNR for 2020.


Metallica are a difficult case. On the one hand, the Americans recently cancelled their shows in Australia and New Zealand. On the other hand, this did not stop them from revealing a series of special American festival shows for 2020. All these performances are in May or late summer, so there is plenty of space for the European festival season. We can’t wait to know their next tour dates.

Hellfest 2020

Hellfest is a hard rock and metal festival in France. It is one of the best and largest metal festivals in Europe. The festival was organized for the first time in 2006 and takes place annually in Clisson. Every year more than 50,000 visitors attend the festival, which is often sold out. In 2019, KISS and Tool headlined the Main Stage, while Slipknot organised their own Knotfest on the day before the festival. Manowar were also scheduled, but they canceled last-minute. Sabaton took over with a very special headline show on Friday night.