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Hellfest cancelled

In what may very well be a sign of things to come, Hellfest organizers have announced that the 2021 festival has been cancelled. This follows the last year cancellation due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last year tickets were promised to be accepted for this year event and most of the bands from the last year confirmed their appearance, effectively moving the event for one year.

However, the newly issued regulations from the French government state that summer festivals will only be allowed to proceed with a maximum of 5,000 people in attendance, all seated, and all socially distanced. With Hellfest having sold in excess of 60,000 passes to a primarily heavy metal festival that is not exactly receptive of an all seated audience, the organizers decided to nix this year as well.

In a “final” meeting on Thursday, the 18th of February, the verdict was returned. Summer festivals will be allowed under drastic conditions : 5,000 seated people and social distancing. These requirements make the organization of our 2021 festival imposible and force us to postpone once again our anniversary edition. We do not wish to blame the government. We are well aware that the health situation requires everyone to be cautious. However, these measures are more or less the same as last year resulting in a “dead summer” for the festivals and culture in general.

As we offered last year, you can keep your 3-day or 1-day pass purchased in 2020 in a safe place. This pass will be valid for the 2022 edition, which will be held on June 17th, 18th and 19th 2022. You don’t have to do anything, just keep your ticket safely.

It should be noted that at the time of this writing (Feb 20, 2021), no festival lineup for 2022 has been announced, nor Deep Purple’s appearance have been confirmed or denied.

Don’t be surprised if other summer festivals will follow suit. Most developed countries have just started the vaccination and plan to run them all through the summer finishing some time in the fall. That’s the earliest we can hope for things to start returning to normal.

6 Comments to “Hellfest cancelled”:

  1. 1
    Joe Embleton says:

    Anyone know why Deep Purple Cal Jam, the next release in the Deep Purple Archive series is only released in the U.S.? It is very difficult to find any official comment on this. https://themusicuniverse.com/deep-purple-releasing-cal-jam-live-california-74/

  2. 2
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Ooooh… HELL! 😈🔥👹

    Looks like they’ve given up the GHOST!. 👻

    I guess it was the final nail in the COFFIN!. ⚰️

    And they’ve read the LAST RITES!. 📜

    😁😆😅😂🤣🤗. The banjo players took a hike & what’s those songs I used to like?!

  3. 3
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Blackwood Richmore @2,


    Ted :>

  4. 4
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @3 Ted… Wot? Just one?….

    & now back on the right track…

    Aaaaahhhh!. 🍻 With thanks 😇.

  5. 5
    ivica says:

    Memories of Hellfest
    Band in great shape… Steve shines


  6. 6
    Attila says:

    I was there in 2017. Deep Purple clearly outshined everybody else. Most of the hot shot groups there were just hot air. It does not diminish the standing of DP of course. There was an online vote after the event which DP won. So not only die hard fans were on this opinion.

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