Hole In The Sky 2011 To Be The Last Edition of The Festival, Immortal, Mayhem And More Confirmed
Band Photo: Satyricon (?)
The organisers of Norway's Hole In The Sky festival have announced that this year's edition of the event will be the last, concluding twelve years of history. However, it promises to go out with a bang as some of the biggest names in extreme metal will be performing at the event with Immortal, Mayhem, Satyricon and Enslaved being the latest confirmations. A message from the organisers reads as follows:
"There’s a saying that all good things must come to an end. For twelve years we’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of our favourite artists, shared some incredible metal moments with fans coming from all over the world, and worked with some of the best in the scene.
"Twelve years is a long time and we’ve always invested a lot of time and effort in making the festival the best it possible can be and never compromise.
"Hole in the Sky has been a thing we’ve taken great pride in and it would be a very sad thing to let the festival suffer due to other commitments and responsibilities that comes along as you get older, so basically we want go out on a high note when we still feel inspired and on top of the game. Mind you, we will go out in a spectacular fashion.
"Hole in the Sky started out with the aim of showcasing the best the underground metal scene has to offer.
"Norway has been on the forefront of extreme metal since 1991, that’s 20 years and counting, so we’ve decided to invite four of the most crucial acts in terms of developing the scene. To close the final Hole in the Sky chapter: THE LAST SUPPER, we give you Immortal, Satyricon, Mayhem and Enslaved (The Big 4 of extreme metal?).
"Immortal opened the very first Hole in the Sky festival in 2000 and will close the proceedings on the 2011 festivals final day. Satyricon has headlined the festival with huge success two times earlier. Enslaved has delivered some historic sets, both the anniversary concert in 2009, featuring a wide array of metal royalty, and them playing the whole Eld album in 2005.
"Mayhem are the godfathers of the scene and went at it in spectacular fashion in 2007. We’re glad to have them back for on final round this year."
Satyr (Satyricon): “Judging by our standards, no other Norwegian festival comes close in terms of the quality of the booking. We’ve played there several times and we have a very good relationship with the locals and all the traveling visitors in general. In that case it’s a sad thing that Hole in the Sky is now coming to an end. Nevertheless, we’re very proud of being one of the headliners of what will become the last supper. Quite simply, we’re really going to deliver one fucking blinder of a show.”
Abbath Doom Occulta (Immortal): “Venom has played Hole in the Sky, that says it all!”
Grutle (Enslaved): “Many of my best personal concert memories, both as a viewer and as a musician, has taken place at our beloved festival. Enslaved have had many great moments, playing in front of a fantastic audience in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 and now hopefully also in 2011. As a member of a crazy and dedicated metal audience I have witnessed great performances by acts like Autopsy, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Entombed, Immortal, Danzig, Opeth, Candlemass, Voivod, Mayhem, Destruction, Sodom and Paul Di'Anno, just to mention a very few. I am sure I have witnessed a lot more gigs that I am able to remember, cause, let´s not deny it; It has been a helluva party too! We've had a great time partying with fellow metalheads from all over the globe. The only thing I probably won´t miss about this festival, is the severe hangover that follows, hehe. But, who knows? Maybe we´ll all miss just that the first week of September in 2012. Because something will be missing, no doubt about it. The biggest event of the year for many, many fans of metal will take place no more."
The lineup for the event is as follows:
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