MANOWAR - Hellfest Performance "Not Cancelled By The Band"
June 24, 2019, a year ago
Manowar were scheduled to play France's Hellfest on Friday, June 21st, but the performance was cancelled. Regarding the Hellfest cancellation, Manowar has issued the following statement dated today, Monday, June 24th.
"Our performance at Hellfest scheduled for June 21, 2019 was NOT cancelled by the band; it was cancelled by the Hellfest organizers in their announcement that appeared on their websites.
In the days prior to Hellfest, Switzerland, Greece, and Bulgaria all witnessed our massive production that brought The Kingdom Of Steel to life. We brought it to Hellfest because we came to play.
We fought to give our fans the performance we promised last year at Hellfest, but we will not be pushed around by the Hellfest promoters who chose not to honor their contractual obligations and think they can do wrong to us and to our fans.
Those of you who have requested information regarding ticket refunds should contact the outlet where you purchased your ticket or the Hellfest organizers directly, as they are responsible.
We are currently seeking every legal remedy available to us by law."
Festival organizers issued the following: "Despite an on-site presence on Thursday 20 June, the teams and members of the band decided to leave the festival site. The concert of the artist scheduled this Friday, June 21 will not be possible for reasons beyond our control. We are sincerely sorry for all the fans of this artist, and more broadly for all the fans of Hellfest."
Manowar then posted the following statement via their official website and social media pages:
"After 18 months of tireless work and preparation we arrived at the Hellfest site yesterday, ready to play today. The Hellfest organizers obstructed our efforts to put on the epic show we had promised.
"Despite what you may hear or read, the Hellfest organizers did have control over the circumstances that prevented our performance.
"We always have and always will fight to give our fans 100%. Our French fans and press know, if Manowar come to France and are unable to perform, the fault does not lie with us. Remember the Élysée Montmartre.
"We are very sorry that you are being made to suffer. We want you to know that everything we do is for our fans. We stand together with all of you as we always have, and we will not allow anyone to lessen the quality of our shows.
"Be very sure the truth will come out!
"Thank you to the Greatest Fans In The World for your continued loyalty and support."