Update: Festival announces cancelation and postponement to June 18th-20th, 2021.

The government will not allow it to be held and it has been postponed to next year. Refunds will be given out, or people can hold on to tickets and use them next year.

Here is the full statement by the festival.

With a heavy heart, we’ve come to the decision to postpone this 15th anniversary edition of Hellfest to June 18th,19th and 20th of 2021.

If you are in possession of a 3-Days Ticket or 1-Day Ticket for the 2020 edition, we offer you to keep your ticket for the 2021 edition, without any additional costs. You have nothing to do ! You will be send, as soon as possible, a new ticket valid for the 2021 edition of Hellfest!

If you do not wish or are unsure to participate in the 2021 edition, you have two choices :

– Visit Ticketswap, the only official retailer of festival tickets that guarantees a secure transaction. No need to specify the tickets purchased by any other means will not be valid (Viagogo, Stubhub, etc.).
By choosing this option you will make a happy festival goer who was despaired not to come this year and our Association will be able to keep the value of the ticket to prepare the 2021 edition of Your festival.

– Of course, and according to the law, a refund option will be offered in the coming days. We will come back to you about this once the solution is implemented, included for the specificities related to the different transport packages (train, bus, etc).


Original article below.

The festival itself still hasn’t put out anything as this is posted, but it was confirmed by the festival founder and director in an interview today with Le Parisien.

Here is the full article translated into English

BEN BARBAUD (festival founder and director): I am forced to cancel the Hellfest. I just learned this Wednesday afternoon from the state authorities that an order prohibits our demonstration. 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.

Important bit for ticket holders:

The Hellfest 2020 canceled, the festival will offer in the coming days to ticket holders several solutions. The easiest way is to keep your place for the next edition. If you cannot return to Clisson in 2021, you can have your ticket refunded. It is even an obligation for any organizer within three months. But you also have the possibility of reselling it at the purchase price on the Hellfest partner platform, TicketSwap. It will delight both a metal fan and the festival, who keeps the money in cash.


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