(Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat)
There is only a little bit over a month left until one of the year’s best metal festivals comes to grace fans with some fantastic, face-melting music. Blastfest looks undeniably good this year, featuring such stellar acts such as the Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried and Me, and Scour.
The festival is in it’s 4th year now, and the years of experience under its belt is definitely showing. The headlining acts this year are more impressive than ever, and even the lesser acts boast a certain quality to them.
The festival is held in the Norwegian city of Bergen, a gorgeous city steeped in metal from its culture to its past, and famed for its natural beauty with its location between seven mountains and seven fjords. Blastfest takes place right in the heart of winter on February 22nd – February 25th, 2017.
Blastfest did fall under fire a couple months ago, after the cancellation of one of its headliners, Peste Noire, after the French antifascist faction pressured festival organizers and supporters to do so. Peste Noire have been suspected of being a National Socialist band for a while, but their inclusion on the Blastfest bill this year angered group leaders enough to interfere. Finnish black metal band Horna even decided to cancel their own appearance at the festival in solidarity towards Peste Noire.
If you are looking to attend this incredible metalfest, you can purchase tickets here.
Check out the festival poster and full lineup below.
The Monolith Deathcult
Hour of Penance
Devin Townsend Project
Between the Buried & Me
Blood Red Throne
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
UPDATE: This year’s Blastfest has been unfortunately cancelled due to low ticket sales, according to a statement released by event organizers. Hopefully we’ll see the Bergen event coming around again soon, with a lineup as anticipating as this one.
Read the full statement here:
“BLASTFEST 2017 IS CANCELLED
Blastfest has though several years pleased Metal and Hardrock fans abdroad and domestic. The festival was arranged first year in 2014. Great names has been presented, first and foremost for the local Bergen audience, but also for a number of guests from abroad.
Blastfest AS has tried to continue arranging the festival, but du to low ticketsales and low forecasts for ticketsale, the board of the company, with regrets, has found it correct to cancel the festival. The company has been delivered to The Bergen Tingrett for dissolution of the company.
Bergen Februar 1, 2017
Tickemaster is going to inform all ticket holders about the refunds.”