Hellfest 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus


Hellfest 2020 will officially not go ahead. Organiser Ben Barbaud confirms that he has to cancel the French metal festival. The 15th edition will now take place in June 2021.

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In an interview with Le Parisien, Barbaud says that he regrets the decision, but that there was no other way. Earlier, the festival was waiting for the French government to take action. For legal reasons, it was better that the festival was officially forbidden. It seems that this has now happened.

The Hellfest website does not report on the cancellation yet. However, the organisation reported earlier that they will introduce a system to transfer tickets to 2021. They hope this cash will ensure the 2021 edition of the festival can take place as normal. The 2020 edition was sold out within hours, as is always the case with the popular event.

Hellfest 2020 was due to take place between 19 and 21 June. Deftones, System of a Down and Faith No More were all due to headline the 15th edition of the event. Joining them were Mastadon, Rival Sons and more to complete the full line-up.

Hellfest 2020

Hellfest is the biggest hard rock and metal festival in France and one of the best and largest metal festivals in Europe. The festival was organized for the first time in 2006 and has since taken place annually in Clisson. Every year, more than 50,000 visitors attend the festival, which is often sold out in a few hours. 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.

  • Location: Clisson, France.
  • Date: cancelled in 2020.
  • Tickets: sold out.
  • For more information, visit the official website.
Luc Reij
Content Manager for Festileaks | Originally from the Netherlands, but can now be found in London or Madrid | Already looking forward to the 2021 festivals #riptaylor