Metalheads who were looking forward to making the pilgrimage to Parc Jean-Drapeau for this year's edition of Heavy Montreal may want to take a rain check for 2017, as organizers behind the event have announced the festival will go on hiatus next year.
In a press release, promoter evenko revealed that the festival will take the year off to return "stronger than ever" in July 2018.
"During the past eight editions of Heavy Montreal, we always focused on the quality of the experience in order to give metal and rock fans a first-rate festival," evenko vice-president of concerts and events Nick Farkas said in a statement. "Several factors, including the renovations at Parc Jean-Drapeau and the increase in cultural events during Montreal's 375th Anniversary, contributed to our decision."
He continued: "We truly believe that a hiatus in 2017 before strongly returning in 2018 will ensure the festival's sustainability as well as offer festivalgoers an edition that will make them proud."
In looking forward to Heavy Montreal's return, evenko has announced the festival will take place on July 28 and 29 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in 2018.
Last year's Heavy Montreal lineup included Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Nightwish, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde, Blind Guardian and more. You can read our reviews here.