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Hellfest loses government funding for keeping Down on bill

Monday, February 8, 2016 12:33 PM PT


The director of large French festival Hellfest has apparently had their government grant yanked after refusing to remove Down from the 2016 installment of their festival. Down, of course, is fronted by Phil Anselmo, who is still dealing with the fallout from his actions at Dimebash 2016.

According to a report at Ouest France, French politician Bruno Retailleau has sought to have Down kicked off the festival bill, a request that festival organizers have rejected.

Festival director Ben Barbaud had this to say (pardon the Google translation):

"They keep their € 20,000 subsidy... Anselmo apologized repeatedly. He even offered to leave the band to do no harm to his comrades, who must also be disgusted. Everyone agrees that this is unacceptable and that the metal scene is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. I know Phil Anselmo very well, who came to Clisson many times. And I am convinced that his apologies are sincere. At Hellfest, we never had this kind of behavior, no one has ever seen or wear distinctive sign or speech, both live and in houses. I deeply believe that he is a good person. It is a provocateur who plays the big guys and loses foot when he's drunk. He made a huge mistake."

Barbaud went on to say that he thinks Down will end up cancelling their European tour, meaning they wouldn't play Hellfest anyway.


21 comments


anonymous
2/8/2016 12:43:57 PM
Doesnt France have a government that espouses the same right wing views such as Anselmo so eloquently stated? fcking hypocrites

anonymous
2/8/2016 12:47:01 PM
"Looses foot when"

Why take a jab at the Ghost Inside??

anonymous
2/8/2016 12:51:11 PM
Well, looks like he is Down €20,000.

2/8/2016 12:56:23 PM
KEEP. METAL. WHITE

anonymous
2/8/2016 1:05:08 PM
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anonymous
2/8/2016 1:14:08 PM
Frankie from Emmure here, school shootings didn't get enough hype so I'm going out on a limb here and sending this an an open invitation for Phil to join Emmure.

anonymous
2/8/2016 1:15:44 PM
France is experiencing a full on invasion from sub saharan africa and they're worried about a metal frontman. Priorities lol. Also maybe if they didn't hand out money like this they wouldn't need quantitative easing to save their socalist utopia.

anonymous
2/8/2016 1:46:14 PM
Good on Hellfest. Anyone trying to guilt or bully promoters into dropping bands for whatever reason are fcking scum.

anonymous
2/8/2016 2:06:58 PM
metal bands that have no association with blacks pretended to be so shocked at racism in metal lol, what a joke.

anonymous
2/8/2016 6:17:53 PM
are there jews in france? who gives a shit? let em play in your stank ass country. shave your arm pits

anonymous
2/8/2016 7:20:24 PM
angry mimes and dudes with baguettes and striped shirts are bummed

anonymous
2/8/2016 7:34:07 PM
What's up guys Mike from Breech here, hailing from the epicenter of true hardcore...Lodi, Wisco...drink Wisconsibly. Anyway, Phil needs to learn one thing, it is not cool to degrade other races, I mean we are all brathas and sistas of metal. Let's unite and put an end to the hate...horns up, hate down!!!

anonymous
2/9/2016 1:59:36 AM
homer simpsons posted crap hours ago
Doesnt France have a government that espouses the same right wing views such as ....

no sir. they still have a socialist prez. must be hard to know whats goong on in the world as life must be really complicated in the us of trumpy trump

2/9/2016 7:25:06 AM
WHITE POWER

anonymous
2/9/2016 9:45:05 AM
Why the fvck is government involved in Fests in the first place?

French.

anonymous
2/9/2016 11:17:15 AM
anonymous22 hours ago
"Looses foot when"

Why take a jab at the Ghost Inside??

lol'd

anonymous
2/9/2016 1:28:34 PM
Hitler is stoked.

anonymous
2/9/2016 1:34:23 PM
I call bullshit. French government blows chunks of shit.

anonymous
2/9/2016 1:55:58 PM
Ffs, is France high? They discriminate against everyone

anonymous
2/10/2016 7:20:05 AM
anonymous21 hours ago
"Why the fvck is government involved in Fests in the first place?
French."

Really?? How old are you?? Need stop playing video games and read some fcking books please.

anonymous
2/10/2016 10:49:45 PM
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