Temples Festival Abruptly Cancelled, Bands Respond


Time to worship somewhere else.

The Bristol, UK-based Temples Festival was abruptly canceled yesterday by organizer Francis Mace. The fest, which was set to take place from June 3rd through June 5th boasted a solid lineup including Mayhem, Melvins, Carcass, Grave, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and ToH favorites like Mgla, Pissgrave, Iron Reagan, Primitive Man, Gnaw Their Tongues, Dragged Into Sunlight and a bunch more. The announcement comes as a shock to fans considering, y’know, it was supposed to take place this Friday. It was so abrupt that just a few days ago, the festival’s Twitter account posted set times for the bands.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed initially posted this message on May 25 which should have been an indication that things we’re not going well for the festival.


Weekend Nachos followed up with their own post 3 days later:


Mace himself took to Facebook just yesterday to explain the situation:

A few bands have responded to the cancellation.

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All Pigs Must Die



Heck, just yesterday, Jucifer posted dates for their European shows and still listed Temples Fest, so who knows how or even if all the bands were informed.


Primitive Man, Dragged Into Sunlight, ACxDC, Arabrot and Bongripper will be doing a replacement show for the fest at The Fleece in Bristol. Tell your weird friends.

Ethan Lee McCarthy from Primitive Man even chimed in on Mace’s post saying:


Yeah, that’s no good.

Putting on shows is a difficult, thankless, stressful, and money-losing task. Putting on a massive multi-day festival is all of that times 1000. This sounds like it was one big clusterfuck of a clusterfuck. Fans are out of money, the bands are out of money, and even Mace is out of a lot of money. Some bands are scrambling to fill the dates or completely rearrange their schedules. It’s a small consolation that the festival was cancelled less than a week before rather than the day-of the shows. As of this writing, the festival’s website does not mention the cancellation and it appears that tickets can still be purchased. Here’s hoping that everyone involved lands on their feet.

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  • David Vincent’s Perm will be upset.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Hey, akercocke are playing a fest which won’t be a pain in the arse to get to, so there’s that.
      inb4 Damnation gets cancelled

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      As one of Pissgrave’s nine fans, this affects me deeply. I would have talked to the other British pissgrave fans, but both of them were at work.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Too bad, sounded like a sick lineup.

  • Stanley

    So if there’s no money to be made in record sales and there’s no money to be made in shows, where is there money to be made? This sucks for all of us!

    • metal blogging, obviously!

      • Stanley

        Metal blog T-shirts FTW.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Every page refresh gives Joe many moniez.

    • Groo The Wanderer

      Running shady torrent sites a la Spotify?

    • alien semen vape liquids

  • more ball earth propaganda. thanks, obama.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Earth is actually shaped like a torus

  • Scrimm

    Bummer, hope it wors out in the end for everyone

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Shit happens.

    McCarthys comment is melodramatic as fuck.

    “Rearranged our lives”?


    • Mosh Hoff

      wat lives you play in a sludge band

  • Groo The Wanderer

    That last part (them not announcing it on their site and still offering tickets) makes it sound really fishy. It’s sounding like Milwaukee Metal Fest 2: Electric Boogaloo.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    First we lose Mayhem last year and now this? srs WTF bro…

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Wow, what a bummer for all concerned 🙁 I do have to wonder a little though, and I’m not trying to be mean at all, isn’t this the sort of thing that’s a bit on the foreseeable side? I get that festivals (presumably big long running ones aside) have thin profit margins and do tend to require the odd leap of faith, and that that’s kind of in their nature. But this looks like more of a clusterfuck than usual.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    This gets cancelled yet this tour still exists. Is there no justice in the world?


    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Looks like something you’d be excited about

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I refuse to go anywhere near this tour. I don’t care for any of the bands except Alien Ant Farm.

    • Groo The Wanderer

      Can’t we just gather all the “Make America _______ Again” and the “Straight Outta ________ (someplace that isn’t Compton)” folks and just toss them in a lead box at the bottom of the ocean?

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Straight Outta Ocean Floor

        • Groo The Wanderer

          Straight Outta Oxygen

  • RustyShackleford


    I can’t imagine how tough that is for everyone. I’ve put together multiple charity events and they were MAJOR headaches. I can’t even fathom doing a multi-day event with so many bands and so much money and international shit involved. Sounds like you’d need a team of people with degrees to help you figure that shit out! Yep!

    • Max

      Well, yes. Most of these bigger, internationally-connected festivals are incorporated organizations, with an office, that operate year-round to get everything ready for that one day/few days when it actually happens.

  • Pentagram Sam

    I wonder how many fests actually do decent enough for the people involved. P sure all the small ones are labors of love, but do the big uns even break even? Do you have to be Sweden Rock to be ok? Might be different now with all the merch, but I heard back in like 08, 09 even Wacken basically broke even every year cos of big band costs.

    Lastly, does anyone remember Jack “Bunk ass” Koshick from back in the day? The horror stories from his fests are still whispered about today

    • Mosh Hoff

      A local promotor is infamous in my town because in the 90s he booked this decent-sized show/festival thing with frickin’ Cannibal Corpse and then on the day of the show skipped town with all the cash.

    • Groo The Wanderer

      Speak of the devil, I just mentioned Milwaukee Metal Fest (Koshick’s fest) a few comments down. That whole thing was one part scam, and one part massive clusterfuck. Sucks, because that was the only metal fest I could think of near Chicago at the time.

      • EsusMoose

        I mean there was that one that had FFDP in some soccer stadium I thought in a suburb east of chicago but I can’t remember the name

        • Groo The Wanderer

          Probably in Indiana. There’s no such thing as an east Chicago suburb, unless for some reason you live in Lake Michigan. :-p

          • EsusMoose

            dam, I meant west, cardinal direction failure

  • Tim Wilsön

    This has been pretty popular in the last few years it was on. I’ve spoken to people in the know of the metal scene here before and they said it had done well in terms of sales in the past. Seems like in was down bad buisness and unprofessionalness on the part of the booker.

  • Rowsdower

    Damn that line up looked really solid too.

  • all i have to contribute is the following:
    All Pigs Must Die >>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Special Agent Dale Cooper

    Well, shit. Had a great lineup too, shame they couldn’t keep it together. Bad business practices are bad business practices I guess.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Oh for fuck’s sake. Guess pissgrave won’t be playing in the UK any time soon.