My friends, due to no progress regarding permission to travel outside Ukraine during the war, we are forced to cancel our participation in Hellfest 2023 White Ward announced on social media. The Ukrainian group was supposed to perform during the 16th edition of Hellfest, scheduled from 15 to 18 June 2023 in Loire-Atlantique. This statement follows that of the Ukrainian black metal band 1914, whose performance was also scheduled. "It is physically impossible for the group to represent Ukraine abroad this summer. Thank you to all our fans, to those who expect and believe in us. We all see each other after the victory.»
Read alsoKiss, Iron Maiden, Slipknot... Hellfest 2023 goes on sale 5000 new tickets
White Ward lashed out at Russia: "Thank you to all the Russian holes for destroying the lives of Ukrainians." The 1914 group blamed the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture: "I hope you will soon cease to exist as a stupid relic of the Soviet bureaucratic system.»
According to MetalZone, the metal band White Ward participated in the war effort by donating part of its proceeds to Ukraine. These resources from merchandising and ticket sales were used to buy batteries for the army.