Hell and Heaven Metal Fest canceled due to safety risks

By Julianne Mosher,

Heavy metal fans will not be seeing their favorite performers anytime soon.

The Associated Press reported that a two-day concert devoted to heavy metal bands has been canceled by a Mexican state’s decision to prevent a potential safety risk.

Bands like Twisted Sister, Guns ‘N Roses, and KISS were supposed to perform at the “Hell and Heaven Metal Fest,” occurring March 15 through 16. The Mexico state government claimed that the fairgrounds did not have adequate safety plans which could be a huge risk for the concert-goers.

A statement from the state civil defense office said the city cancelled the festival “for 70,000 to 80,000 people and 50 musical groups, because safety conditions for potential concert-goers were not ensured.” The statement also said there was a lack of fire safety, evacuation plans, and unprofessional planning of fireworks.

Since the 1960s, the Mexico state government has banned rock concerts because of the worry that they will bring rebellious youth.

Unfortunately for KISS in particular, this will be the second show of the year the face-painted group will not be performing at. Last month, it was revealed that the band would not be playing at the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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