Blastfest Ultimatum: Cancel Band Or Cancel Festival…
In light of the festivals partners receiving pressure from extreme left political groups, Blastfest organisers regretfully have no other choice than to cancel the appearance of French extreme metal band Peste Noire at 2017’s rendition of the Bergan, Norway based festival.
The official statement from the festival organisers reads: “As much as we love the brilliant music of Peste Noire, and how much we have stated that we are a musical platform, and no politics are involved in our concept, the amount of political focus created due to this booking, is badly affecting our existence. Our partners have been pushed very hard, and we now reached the point where we had to decide to stand by our choice, and ultimately cancel the whole festival, or cancel Peste Noire. So, we will keep going, creating a great metalfest for all metalheads, unfortunately without Peste Noire.”
Finland’s Horna, who were also booked to perform at festival has made the decision to also pull out of the line-up in solidarity with their friends in Peste Noire and as a stand against the politically charged pressure that resulted in the decision.
The four day music festival, running from 22nd – 25th February 2017, has already announced a packed and varied line-up including an exclusive heavy set from Devin Townsend Project, an exclusive Heaven Shall Burn… When We Are Gathered set from Marduk, and with more bands including appearances from ex Bolt Thrower & Benediction members new band Memoriam, Between The Buried & Me, Dying Fetus, Hell, Akercocke and the world debut performance of Phil Anselmo’s new Scour project.
Hulen (22nd) & USF Verftet (23rd – 25th)
Devin Townsend Project / Scour / Marduk / Hell / Between The Buried & Me / Dying Fetus / Leprous / Hour Of Penance / Angelcorpse / Batushka / Memoriam / Akercocke / HateSphere / Benighted / Blood Red Throne / Gehenna / Ajattara / The Monolith Deathcult / Misþyrming / Torture Killer / Nordjevel / Regarde Les Hommes Tomber / Cut Up / Zhrine / Emptiness / Lucifer’s Child / Auðn / Deluge / IXXI / Abyssic / Aspherium / Trident / Beneath / Darkend / Burning Hatred / Avslut / Overoth / Ade / Doomas Plus More TBA
Check out the official Blastfest Spotify playlist!
Tickets on sale now: http://www.billettservice.no/artist/blastfest-billetter/932474