On the Hellfest 2019 site, in Clisson. - S. Salom-Gomis / AFP

We knew that the management of Hellfest was seriously considering canceling its 15th edition due to the coronavirus crisis. This time the decision is made. The Hellfest 2020, scheduled from June 19 to 21 in Clisson (Loire-Atlantique), will not take place. Ben Barbaud, founder of the famous festival of extreme music, explains this in the columns of the Parisian .

"I just learned this Wednesday afternoon from the state authorities that an order prohibits our demonstration," announces Ben Barbaud. They are neither able to support the setting up of the event nor to guarantee the safety and rescue measures during. This decree allows me to cancel the contracts with the artists and the providers for force majeure, and therefore not to increase our losses. "

Tickets are expected to remain valid in 2021

The festival, whose assembly was to begin in April, is simply postponed for a year. The 15th edition should therefore take place from June 18 to 21, 2021. The 2020 tickets should remain valid next year.

The Hellfest generally counts 180,000 paying entries for each edition. It was sold out for the one scheduled for June 2020. System of a down, Deftones, Deep Purple, Faith no more, Korn, Incubus or Infectious Grooves were among the headliners.

For the same reasons, other festivals may soon announce their cancellation in the wake of Hellfest.


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