Thursday, 21 February 2013
Hellfest has become one of Europe's premier metal/rock events, with six stages packed with acts over the three days of June 21, 22 and 23 in Clisson, around 35km from Nantes.
Last year saw Guns 'n' Roses, Megadeth and Ozzy and Friends (Black Sabbath by any other name) play, along with acts covering the whole spectrum of rock and metal, from classic and vintage to new and underground.
This year headliners are Def Leppard, KISS and Volbeat, the main stage 2 presenting Avantasia, Korn and Danzig. At the Gates, Morbid Angel and Arch Enemy play the Altar stage, the Temple stage presenting God Seed, Immortal and Cradle of Filth.
Meanwhile, Neurosis, Manilla Road and Swans play the Valley, and Sick of it All, NOFX and The Toy Dolls play the more punk orientated Warzone.
Other acts include Lordi, Bullet for my valantine, helloween, Ghost, Buzzcocks, Sleep, Cult of Luna, Hypocrisy, Marduk, Finntroll, Anti Flag, The Sword, Korpiklaani, Kreator, Voivod, whitesnake, Europe, ZZ Top, Twisted Sister, Accept and
All in all, around 160 bands play the event. Something for everyone, if you like metal and rock obviously...
The line up at each of the six stages is so strong it could almost pass for six seperate events being held at the same weekend in the same location.
It always surprises me that events like this are not more popular with a UK audience. Maybe a bit more marketing could put Hellfest into the diaries of thousands of fans with the cancellation of Sonisphere in the UK for the second year. While it might be a bit further afield, western France is pretty much on the UK's doorstep and with the line up as packed as it is, it certainly gives value for money.