Alberta’s Decimate MetalFest 2020 has been cancelled due to the global Coronavirus crisis
Due to the global COVID 19 situation and the uncertainty of events and public gatherings, Decimate MetalFest announces they will be cancelling their 2020 edition. The festival was to be held on June 12-14 to Millet, AB at the Millet Agriplex (5400 45th Avenue) with camping available at the Millet Lions Memorial Campground. Millet, AB is 60kms south of Edmonton and 250kms north of Calgary. For its first two years, DMF has been held in Calgary.
DMF’s 2020 line up was scheduled to have an array of 35+ performing acts from many metal sub-genres along with burlesque, comedy, and more from across Canada.
Festival organizer Sloan Voxx issued the following statement:
“Hey everyone, we finally have an update for you. While sitting in limbo through the mess that is our world right now, I was striving to do everything I could to keep the fest going! But after sitting down, a lot of contemplation and a long hard look at what is happening around us, with the heaviest of hearts, I feel that it is in our best interest, and everyone’s safety to cancel this year’s festival.
There are an array of reasons why we need to make this tough decision, and I sincerely apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience, but our top priority is keeping you all safe. As safety is our primary concern and as the situation worsens, the last thing we want is to be responsible for bringing multiple small groups of people together (regardless of the sanitary precautions we have planned out) and put you in jeopardy of becoming ill furthermore to put your families in jeopardy of becoming ill. We don’t want to be part of the problem, we want to be part of the solution.
At this point, we have to ask ourselves: “Is it worth it?”. There is so much at stake here both directly and indirectly. As much as I love this festival, its crew, its bands, fans and everything it represents, and as much as I want to fight tooth and nail to make this happen, the answer is “No.”. I don’t think it’s worth it. Potentially endangering even one person is not worth it.
We will still be here to support all other Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance fests that still may take place (Armstrong MetalFest – AMF, Loud as Hell Festival, Metalocalypstick Fest and Hyperspace Metal Festival). We hope that you’ll join us in crossing your fingers, toes, legs, eyes, and anything else cross-able for them all that it can happen and their fests are able to move forward!
In addition, everyone who was on the roster for Decimate 2020 has a direct invite to return to play Decimate 2021 if they are able to do so. We have a hold on the Millet Agriplex for the weekend of June 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2021, so mark your calendars, because we’re coming back with a vengeance next year, and the rest of the lineup is SICK!!!
I hope you are well and safe. Love you guys.”
Previous years of Decimate MetalFest included
bands such as: Into Eternity (Regina, SK), Hammerdrone (Calgary, AB),
Centuries of Decay (Toronto, ON), Tortured Saint (London, ON), Quietus
(Edmonton, AB), SYRYN (Calgary, AB), KOSM (Vancouver, BC), Hazzardous
Material Burlesque, (Calgary, AB), School of Rock Calgary South
(Performance Band -18), Ninjaspy (Vancouver, BC), Widow’s Peak (Calgary,
AB), NYLITHIA (Vancouver, BC), Blackwater Burial (Vancouver, BC),
Insurrection (Gatineau, QC), Pecado (Calgary, AB), Sludgehammer
(Toronto, ON), Gatekeeper (Vancouver, BC), BLQ – Benevolent Like Quietus
(Calgary, AB), ODINFIST (Armstrong, BC), Tessitura Official (Edmonton,
AB), Filth (Shelby, NC), Insvrgence (Austin, TX), and many more!
Decimate MetalFest is the brainchild of Sloan Voxx of Voxx Promotions, which is destined to become an annual Canadian metal pilgrimage to Alberta, Canada. With the many yearly festivals becoming part of the national metal heritage, Sloan wants Decimate MetalFest to become one of the best-known events alongside the various festivals located within Alberta, and Western Canada. With Voxx Promos booking and promotional experience, and the support of metalheads internationally, there is nothing to stop them from reaching their goal of bringing in the masses and putting on incredible metal festivals for years to come!”
(Writing Credits: Sloan Voxx & Ingrid Newton)