The organizers of Hellfest have been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead — but with a limit of 5,000 people, all of whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.This is a bad sign for the upcoming European festival circuit this year as other countries are likely to follow the same protocols. The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot. Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. Hellfest 2021 was to have featured Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and more.
Gojira will host an official stream of their previously unreleased Hellfest 2019 headlining performance on November 18, 2020. The show broadcasts exclusively from the band’s official site at the link below, for 72 hours only, beginning at 3:00PM ET November 18th until 3:00PM ET November 21st. The band released two singles recently and is said to be working on their first new album since 2016’s Magma (Roadrunner Records) which was Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year that year. Continue reading
Slipknot is teasing 2021 South American versions of its popular Knotfest series and all their events such as canceled all of its previously announced summer 2020 tour dates, including the Knotfest Roadshow, Knotfest UK, and Knotfest At Sea, that was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. You can watch the teaser below, and the band advises following their branded Instagram handles at @KnotfestChile @KnotfestCo, and @KnotfestBrasil for further updates. Knotfest started a sole event in Iowa, expanded and grew to other locales such Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in California, Japan, Mexico and Colombia, as well as 2019’s debut collaboration with French destination festival Hellfest for Knotfest Meets Hellfest. The band even turned their website for all things Knotfest into a multimedia and metal culture hub for livestreams, interviews, and custom merch in 2020 at https://www.knotfest.comContinue reading
Texas Psychedelic Doom band Wo Fat is back with plans for a new album, their seventh, coming out in the fall of 2021 via Ripple Music. The label is also set to reissue the trio’s first three albums in the coming months, making these long out-of-print classics available to North American fans for the very first time. The band has risen in the desert rock scene over the years and performed at major festivals such as Roadburn, Desertfest, Freak Valley Festival, Hellfest, and Psycho Las Vegas, their latest release and collaboration with Ripple Music, Live Juju: Freak Valley was the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2017 album Midnight Cometh.
Belgium’s hardcore punk maniacs Nasty have signed with Century Media and will release their label-debut album Menace, 14-tracks of pure, pummeling musical violence on September 25th. The band has been crafting punishing metallic hardcore, since 2014. Fans of bands like Hatebreed, Knocked Loose, Kublai Khan, The Acacia Strain, and Vein; this will be your new favorite band and the band has toured with Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Madball, Strife, Evergreen Terrace, Ramallah and played festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, With Full Force, Resurrection Fest and more. The album cover was created by artist Michael Shantz (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Your Demise). The band just shared their new video for “666AM”! Check it out
Crushing news for the summer festival season in Europe, as France’s legendary Hellfest, has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festival announced today it was unable to host the festival, which takes place in Clisson, France, outside of Paris. Hellfest 2021 is already announced for next summer. The 2020 edition was to have had Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and more. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast had an episode dedicated to the fest last summer. Continue reading
Hot on the heels of their major announcement of their return to activity, Faith No More has confirmed additional European Festival headline spots for next summer. The band will perform at Helsinki, Finland’s Tuska on June 28 and at Madrid, Spain’s Mad Cool Festival in early July. Hopefully the bad will see fit to bless us with new music as well since the band released their comeback album Sol Invictus (Ipecac Recordings) in 2015.Continue reading
Faith No More have booked new tour dates focusing on European Festivals next summer. Already announced are Sunstroke Festival In Ireland (June 13), Hellfest in France (June 20th), Tons of Rock in Norway (June 26th). More European festival performances to be announced soon. Faith No More last played in Europe in June of 2015, following the May 2015 release of Sol Invictus (Ipecac/Reclamation Recordings).The band commented:Continue reading
According to a published report by Metal Sucks, Rage Against The Machine’s 2020 reunion tour has released the first batch of dates beyond the previously announced West Coast tour and Coachella Festival headline Dates. The post with the dates and the admat poster appeared on Twitter over the weekend (November 23rd) and then hastily deleted. If the post is legit, RATM will perform at Hellfest in France, Rock in Rio in Brazil, Riot Fest in Chicago and Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY which assumes RATM will headline one day of each fest. The tour is scheduled to visit Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, with additional dates in the U.S. Planned for next fall. Continue reading
Employed to Serve is riding on top of huge praise for their new album Eternal Forward Motion (Spinefarm/Universal). The band has already booked major festivals (Hellfest, Glastonbury, All Points East, and Jera On Air) and a headline tour. Now they will embark on a UK tour supporting Bury Tomorrow late in the year. All tour dates are on sale now. Continue reading