France’s biggest metal festival expands into a fourth day next summer in a powerhouse partnership with international festival Knotfest – and Sabaton will play the newly-created date.
The band will take to the main stage on Thursday 20 June 2019, alongside the mighty Slipknot – after whom Knotfest is named – Rob Zombie and Amon Amarth, for what promises to be an epic and unique event.
Bassplayer Pär Sundström said: “Hellfest is a very popular festival, the original three days have sold out already, so it’s great that it’s getting even bigger this year and we’re excited to be a part of it.
“Whether people already have tickets and want to extend their festival experience, or just come along for the day to see us and the other bands, we look forward to partying with them all on the debut Knotfest-meets-Hellfest Thursday!”
Sabaton is a firm favourite with Hellfest fans, and the band last played the festival in 2017.
Bass player Pär Sundstrom said: “It’s an honour to know that so many people in Sweden and around the world have bought, played, shared, talked about and enjoyed this album.
“We still get messages from music lovers, six years after releasing Carolus Rex, saying that this was the album that got them into Sabaton, and that’s great to hear.
“Carolus Rex has a special place in our hearts because it gave us an opportunity to bring some of the history of our own country to a wider audience, and I think that’s why this album resonated so much with Swedish people and has had so much success there.”
The fourth platinum certification was not the only milestone for Carolus Rex this week. A limited-edition platinum shirt celebrating the achievement sold out in just three hours, setting a record for the fastest-selling item of Sabaton merchandise ever. For anyone who missed out, its companion 300th anniversary shirt – and brand new hoodie – is still available in the webstore.
Sabaton has planned a series of treats for social media followers in the coming days and weeks, including exclusive interviews on the background to the album and a chance to win a signed copy of the platinum edition.
There have also been several sightings of Carolus Rex himself in the forests of Sweden in recent days… find out why the King is back on the march next week.
Sabaton’s alliance with world-leading game developers Wargaming continues to go from strength to strength, with a special appearance at the company’s own festival.
WG Fest is an annual event for fans of the Wargaming games, which include World of Tanks – the title that contains Sabaton’s own special edition “Primo Victoria” tank, crewed by bandmembers.
Sabaton will play a one-off show at the event – at Moscow’s ExpoCentre on 15 December – and will also make a personal appearance, talking to Wargaming fans about their own love of gaming.
Bass player Pär Sundström said: “We’ve had a lot of fun working with our friends at Wargaming so we know this show is going to be a blast.
“For any Wargaming players who haven’t yet been introduced to Sabaton through our work with World of Tanks – we guarantee they’re in for a surprise when we hit the stage!”
Wargaming is a leading developer in the field of massive multiplayer online games, and its three main titles, World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships, have more than 100 million active players around the globe.