Manowar file lawsuit against Hellfest organizers after canceled set

The band have countered the festival's statement, filing a lawsuit against the event's organizers.

July 21, 2019
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It looks like Manowar are filing a lawsuit against Hellfest organizers following a rather odd and confusing turn of events that caused the band to miss their performance. Originally, the festival stated the band would be missing their set because the band had “decided to leave the festival site.”

Now, Manowar are sharing their side of the story, placing the blame of the festival’s organizers.

You can watch the band discuss the incident below.

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The band were slated to headline the event which took place June 21-23 in Clisson, France.

However, Hellfest took to Twitter to release a statement claiming the band’s set was canceled.

“Despite an on-site presence on Thursday 20 June, the teams and members of the MANOWAR band decided to leave the festival site.

The concert of the artist MANOWAR 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.”

A few days later, Manowar posted a statement via their website.

“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.”

During the band’s performance in Istanbul on Saturday, bassist Joey DeMaio confirmed the lawsuit against Hellfest organizers.

“The truth of the matter is we have filed a lawsuit against Hellfest organizers. We don’t fuck around. People try to fuck with our fans… Nobody’s gonna push Manowar around. We’re not gonna give our fans less than a hundred percent. We don’t take shit from anybody.

And yes, we would rather give a hundred percent or nothing. And I’m sorry that people traveled from all over the world. You have no idea how sorry I am, how sorry Eric [Adams] is, how sorry Anders [Johansson] is, E.V. [Martel], our fucking loyal crew. We feel terrible. People flew from all over the fucking world to that place, and Manowar didn’t play. But you know what? We’re suffering for it, and the true fans will suffer along with us.

I believe we will win this lawsuit, and when we do, we’re gonna take some money and we’re gonna find a country and we’re gonna find a city in that country that will have us, and we’re gonna play a free concert, and the whole fucking world is invited. You have my fucking word that that will happen. You can believe on behalf of myself, Eric, E.V. and Anders and the Manowar crew — the loyal crew that we’ve had for 30 years — we will do what we say.

Don’t listen to these fucking ass-kissing motherfuckers on the Internet talk shit about Manowar and their rumors. None of those fucking assholes were even there. Do they have a copy of our contract? Were they backstage? Did they see what happened? No. They’ve got nothing better to do than play with their fucking little dicks and type on the fucking Internet and talk shit about people. But we’re the band that showed up there with eight fucking trucks, or however many we had, ready to play. And guess what? We never canceled. Yeah, that’s right. The announcement came from them, on their site. But it was nice for people to say we canceled so they wouldn’t have to listen to the fans bitch. So maybe those people should ask these fuckers some questions about what really happened.”

You can watch the full video below.

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

Whitney is your definition of pop punk trash. If she's not jamming to State Champs or Grayscale, then she's probably out enjoying the finer things or working a show for Fearless Records as a Street Team Leader. She's a realist and an optimist, calling the city of Columbus her home. A huge fan of naps, Whitney often falls asleep in a city that doesn't. She's not hard to please, finding joy in discovering new bands or playing Everlong on the late night radio. Working at Alt Press and breaking ground in the music scene have always been a dream of hers, telling herself at an early age she was down for losing it all to make that happen! Now the weekend writer at AP, Whitney is prepared to be noticed and eager to contribute to the scene. If you catch her at a concert feel free to stick around, make small talk, or discuss her overuse of State Champs lyrics and song titles in her bio.