KoRn 2021-06-20 Hellfest 2021, Val de Moine, Clisson, France

Event / Festival: Hellfest 2021

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.

Because of the health crisis, the still active spread of Coronavirus in France, and the surge of variants, some festivalgoers are wondering if Hellfest will take place as scheduled on June 18, 19, and 20, 2021, as the 2020 edition has been cancelled already.

On February 18, 2021, Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot made several announcements as for summer festivals. The latter will be able to take place on certain conditions. They have to reduce and limit their gauges, and set a maximum limit of 5,000 spectators. Promotors will also have to adapt the format since sole seated open-air festivals are allowed. Social distancing will have to be complied with.

Following these new restrictions, Hellfest director Ben Barbaud has confirmed to our peers from Ouest-France the edition 2021 of the metal festival will not go as expected. After the edition 2020 that has been cancelled already, we can feel how desperate promotors and thousands of festivalgoers must feel.

“It will be another fruitless year for me. Even though health restrictions are not as strong as they were a few months ago, the step is too high before we can get to an allowed gauge of 60,000 daily festivalgoers squeezed against each other” Barbaud said in Ouest-France.