Hellfest 2021 in Clisson: the 15th edition to be cancelled

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Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Caroline J. · Published on 19 February 2021 at 10h32 · Updated on 19 February 2021 at 18h39
Because of the health crisis and the latest announcements made by the Minister of Culture, Hellfest 2021 edition is unfortunately likely to be cancelled. This is what metal festival director Ben Barbaud told Ouest-France. Hellfest 15th edition - initially scheduled from June 18 to 20, 2021 in Clisson - will probably not take place. System of a Down, Faith no More, Korn, Deftones, Volbeat, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Sepultura and even Mayhem were on the lineup.
Bad news for Hellfest regulars. After canceling the 2020 edition over Covid, legendary metal festival director Ben Barbaud told our peers from Ouest France that the 15th edition is not likely to take place. Scheduled from this coming June 18 to 20 in Clisson, Hellfest 2021 edition is likely to be cancelled following the latest announcements made by Roselyne Bachelot. This February 19, in Le ParisienBarbaud details: “a decision will be made in the coming days, I need to see with my team and speak with my international peers, but 5,000 metalheads, seated and far apart from one another, it’s not possible”.

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This is the unmissable French music event for all metal fans and other lovers of high-decibel music… Every year since 2006, the Hellfest Summer Open Air aka Hellfest Festival welcomes many bands especially playing metal and punk hardcore music.

Also welcoming several dozens of thousands of festivalgoers and cult bands known worldwide such as Alice Cooper, Kiss, Motörhead and Mötley Crüe, the Hellfest has become one of the main European music festivals and one of the main cultural events in France.

In 2019, the festival welcomed prestigious artists such as Slayer, Gojira, Dropkick Murphys, Mass Hysteria, ZZ TOp, Kiss, Dream Theater, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd and even Slash. Unfortunately, Hellfest has had to cancel the edition 2020 because of the health crisis. But the festival delayed the 15th edition to Friday June 18 to Sunday 20, 2021 in Clisson.

On the occasion, 90% of the bands scheduled in 2020 confirmed they will be there in 2021 including System of a DownFaith no MoreKornDeftonesVolbeatIncubusOpethJudas PriestThe Offspring, Deep PurpleSepultura or even Mayhem.

13 bands booked for the 2020 edition unfortunately have not been able to confirm their presence in 2021 including Incubus, Mastodon, Infectious Groove, Thy Art Is Murder, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Joyous Wolf, Unleashed, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Body Count and August Burns Red. Dry your tears, Hellfest is happy to confirm three new bands: Puscifer, Dropkick Murphys and Northlane

Unfortunately, folloiwng the latest restrictions decided for summer festivals (maximum 5,000 seated festivalgoers), Ben Barbaud told Ouest-FranceHellfest 2021 edition was likely to be cancelled.

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In an interview with Ouest-France, Hellfest director Ben Barbaud confirms the 15th edition of the festival is cancelled, following the latest announcements made by minister of Culture. The metal event was to take place on June 18, 19, and 20, 2021 in Clisson and therefore will not happen.

Hellfest lineup, Friday June 18, 2021: Cancelled 

  • MAINSTAGE 1 
    • Deftones
    • Dropkick Murphys
    • Opeth
    • Mastodon
    • Leprous
    • Ego Kill Talent
    • Soen
    • Frog Leap

  • MAINSTAGE 2
    • Volbeat
    • The Offspring
    • The Distillers
    • Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
    • The Inspector Cluzo
    • Ghostemane
    • Danko Jones
    • The Wildhearts
    • Laura Cox 

  • ALTAR
    • Obituary
    • Death DTA
    • At The Gates
    • Entombed A.D
    • Grave
    • Unleashed
    • Cadaver
    • Necrowretch
    • Tremplin Voice of Hell

  • TEMPLE
    • Mayhem
    • Abbath
    • Rotting Christ
    • Primordial
    • The Great Old Ones
    • Seth
    • Mephorash
    • Numen
    • Tremplin Voice of Hell

  • VALLEY
    • Electric Wizard
    • Baroness
    • OM
    • Witchcraft
    • Black Mountain
    • Elder
    • ASG
    • Greenleaf
    • Abrahma

  • WARZONE
    • Suicidal Tendencies
    • Powerflo
    • Youth of Today
    • Dog Eat Dog
    • Slapshot
    • Higher Power
    • In Other Climes
    • CRO-MAGS

Hellfest lineup, Saturday June 19, 2021: Cancelled

  • MAINSTAGE 1
    • Faith No More
    • Puscifer
    • Rival Sons
    • Heaven Shall Burn
    • Northlane
    • Crystal Lake
    • Fire From The Gods

  • MAINSTAGE 2
    • Deep Purple
    • Airbourne
    • Steel Panther
    • Alestorm
    • The Darkness
    • L7
    • The Dead Daisies
    • Galactic Empire

  • ALTAR
    • Sepultura
    • Sacred Reich
    • Flotsam And Jetsam
    • Exciter
    • Loudblast
    • Xentrix
    • Rectal Smegma
    • Brutal Sphincter 
    • Karras

  • TEMPLE
    • Wardruna
    • The Hu
    • Ensiferum
    • Taake
    • Kampfar 
    • Einherjer
    • Helheim
    • Aktarum
    • Artus

  • VALLEY
    • Envy
    • Mono & The Jo Quail Quartet
    • John Garcia & The Band of Gold
    • High On Fire
    • Pelican
    • Me And That Man
    • The Picturebooks
    • Duel 
    • Point Mort

  • WARZONE
    • Social Distortion
    • The Toy Dolls
    • Agnostic Front 
    • Reverend Horton Heat
    • Anti-Flag
    • Frustration 
    • Guerilla Poubelle
    • Lion's Law 
    • Grade 2

Hellfest lineup, Sunday June 20, 2021: Cancelled

  • MAINSTAGE 1
    • System of a Down
    • Korn
    • Maximum The Hormone
    • Baby Metal
    • Jinjer 
    • Lacuna Coil
    • Kontrust
    • Deadly Apples

  • MAINSTAGE 2
    • Judas Priest
    • Running Wild
    • Down
    • Michael Schenker
    • Doro
    • Delain
    • Sortilège
    • Battle Beast
    • Tempt

  • ALTAR
    • Devin Townsend 
    • Dying Fetus
    • Misery Index
    • Ingested
    • Dyscarnate
    • Exocrine

  • TEMPLE
    • Watain 
    • Alcest
    • Belzebubs
    • Borknagar
    • Gaahls Wyrd
    • Regarde les Hommes Tomber
    • Numenorean
    • Pénitence Onirique
    • Deliverance
  • VALLEY
    • Killing Joke
    • Perturbator
    • Life Of Agony
    • 3Teeth
    • Hangman's Chair
    • Twin Temple
    • Inter Arma
    • Lysistrata
    • Ecstatic Vision

  • WARZONE
    • Walls of Jericho
    • While She Sleeps
    • Rotting Out
    • Landmarks
    • Moscow Death Brigade
    • Wolfpack
    • Jesus Piece
    • Deez Nuts 

Practical information

Location

Rue du Champ Louet
44190 Clisson

Official website
www.hellfest.fr

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