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Here we go, it’s that time of the year where all Metal enthusiasts from France and all over the world gathers in the beautiful Clisson, to visit their own version of Disney Land for a full weekend, HELLFEST.
The special bonus this year was a fourth day, the weekend kicked of on Thursday this year with Knotfest embracing the French meal world.
I personally stopped talking about how big Hellfest is each year, Ben and his team got enough creativity to surprise us each year.
Come Hellfest 2020, I can only guarantee you, it’ll be your best Metal experience.
The lineup this year was massive, maybe too massive.
This edition of Hellfest was probably the 1969 Woodstock of our time.
It had everything, legends bidding farewell to their fans, old school rock stars, new emerging bands, Tool after 13 years away from their fans.
So many highlights that would go down in the history,
Only this year there were stories to tell, on a positive notes and a negative one.
The opening day of Hellfest was busy, really busy, Hellfest dedicated a main stage just for French bands which was really awesome.
Imagine, in one day, you have the chance to see, Gojira, King Diamond, Mass Hysteria, Dagoba, SUM41, Godsmack, Demons & Wizards, and Dream Theater… etc.
And finally, to close out the day, the almighty Manowar was set to headline.
Remember our story from last year? Where after the last band on the third day, Hellfest came up with a huge surprise, Lights were out for few minutes, then Joey from MANOWAR was live on stage to announce the return of MANOWAR to Hellfest after 10 years, their last performance was back in 2009. I was there.
People were looking forward to this, but don’t get too attached, this story does not have a happy ending.
In the afternoon of Friday, around 80,000 people were notified that MANOWAR wouldn’t be playing tonight anymore, no further explanations.
Few hours later, the story started to go out, MANOWAR were on site the night before, as per Hellfest, they just decided to leave the site and not to play the show.
Then an official statement from MANOWAR blaming Hellfest for this cancelation, I mean it’s MANOWAR, of course they’re gonna blame Hellfest.
The fans were really disappointed and furious, a band like MANOWAR should care and respect their fans.
No matter the reason that led to an argument between the band and the organizer, your MANOWAR, you were on site and ready to play, you deliver to your fans, the show must go on, you perform, then you go to solve your issues with the promoter.
Let’s not give MANOWAR too much attention here, they let down their fans, Hellfest were proactive and on the spot, replaced them by Sabaton.
Long story short, it was a dramatic day, but nobody cared, Hellfest ruled and people had a blast.
Day tow was no less, it was the day where you go on a trip back in time, the real legends of rock and metal ruled, not MANOWAR!
The biggest act that everyone was waiting for was KISS, another legends bidding farewell to the world.
We also had, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Within Temptation and many others.
But for me, the highlight of this year was without a doubt KISS.
These guys, after all this years, they put on a show that bands in there twenties wouldn’t have the stamina to do.
They gave it all, a rock show on the highest level, they had raisers on the stage for each musician, at some point, Paul surfed over the crowd with a zip-line and plaid two songs in the middle of the ground, not to mention the flames, the smoke, the explosions and finally the fireworks.
KISS presents the real meaning of the term ROCK STARS.
Days three is usually sad, because you come to realize that it is almost the end for this year, but was way more emotional as SLAYER were also bidding farewell to the world, Tom said few touching words at the end and had tears in his eyes.
On the bill were also, Lamb Of God, Slash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Anthrax, Trivium, Testament, Death Angel and Philip Anselmo who plaid so many Pantera hits and many other bands.
I will leave with our photo gallery so you can live or re-live some of the best moments of Hellfest 14
Keep an eye on our page and also Hellfest pages, as tickets will go out on sale very soon.
Next year Hellfest celebrates 15 years of greatness, be ready to get blasted as I guess something really extraordinary is in the works…
Dream Theater, Def Leppard, Lamb of God, Stone Temple Pilots, Gojira, Slayer, King Diamond, ZZ Top, and Whitesnake among other notable acts.
Hellfest has earned the reputation of being the biggest metal festival in the past few years, and believe me it is for many good reasons.
The French festival introduces a massive lineup each year, spanning over six stages, each one is dedicated to a specific subgenre.
On Monday 26th of November, Hellfest announced the lineup for its 14th edition, headlining the three days are Manowar, KISS, and Tool with many co-headlining acts such as ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Dream Theater, Slayer (Final show in France), Slash, Mass Hysteria, King Diamond, and many many more.
Hellfest 2K19 will take place as usual in Clisson, France on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of June.
Tickets for the festival are sold out, this is the second year that tickets are out way before announcing the lineup, this only shows how blind faith the metal world has for Hellfest, it also shows a great confidence from the founder Ben Barbaud and his team.
Just like any other musical events, it is possible to find tickets but we advise you not to buy anywhere un-trusted, here is a link to the official website for re-selling the tickets, keep an eye on a regular basis
Hellfest is back for their 13th edition and several years of selling out, even before the line up is announced. The Heavy Metal festival has announced an incredible line up featuring over 150 bands on 6 stages. Today Hellfest has placed itself as the biggest most anticipated Metal festival in europe with hundreds of thousands of attendees every year.
Hellfest 2018 will take place in Clisson France from June 22-24. The festival will be headlined by the Metal Legends and Gods, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest alongside the great Avenged Sevenfold. On the menu of brutality also: Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Limp Bizkit, Nightwish, Hollywood Vampires, Parkway Drive, Stone Sour, & Body Count.
In addition the list is long with amazing acts such as: Alice In Chains, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Davis, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Accept, Pleymo, Bullet For My Valentine, Europe, Arch Enemy, Meshuggah, Converge, Killswitch Engage, Termonti, Baroness, Asking Alexandria, Powerflo, In This Moment, Shinedown, Iced Earth, Rose Tattoo, Primal Fear, Tesseract, Dimmu Bogir, Satyricon, At The Gates, Children of Bodom, Therion, Exodus, Carnivore A.D., Septicflesh, Enslaved, Rise Against, Neurosis, Bad Religion, Turbonegro, Hatebreed, Dead Cross, Corrosion of Conformity, , Church of Misery, Cro-Mags, Madball, Terror, Orange Goblin, Zeal & Ardor, 7 Seconds, The Bronx, EyehateGod, Crowbar, Knocked Loose, Bongzilla, Nile, Suffocation, Kataklysm, Ensiferum, Amorphis, Origin, Demolition Hammer, Lurking Fear, Crisix, Bloodshot, and many more. Check out full line up and running order here.
Traveling to the UK after being chosen to headline the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Festival on Sunday 13th August, Lebanese Metal Thrashers Blaakyum will take their unique blend of Thrash, Heavy, and Groove Metal infused with Middle Eastern and Levantine folk music vibes to London. Blaakyum Pre Bloodstock Show will take place at The Dev in Camden Town, a venue that is well known for its support to the underground music scene.
Three bands will be opening for Blaakyum at this event at The Dev. And here’s where we got surprised. It caught our attention that alongside Caskets and Endeavour, Element 26’s Guitarist and founding member Alexy Khoury‘s newest band, “GODD” will be opening for the Lebanese Thrashers, which is pretty cool!
Also, it is important to note that Endeavour‘s guitarist IAN is also Onslaught.
For the second year in a row, Britain’s biggest Rock and Metal festival, DOWNLOAD, returns to Paris. This is great news for all Metal and Rock lovers in France and Paris. This year, DOWNLOAD Paris 2017 will take place at the air base 217 of Brétigny-sur-Orge / Le Plessis – Pâté on Friday 9, Saturday 10, and Sunday 11 June with an exceptional line up.Continue reading
Europe is the home of Rock and Metal festivals. Every summer, the continent gets crowded with Rock and Metal festivals, welcoming bands from all around the globe to celebrate music. Even though, HellFest always stands out among all of them, and it has become one of the best known festivals on Earth. Each year, the organizers do a “hell” of a job in getting an epic line up. This year, HELLFEST 2017 has about 160 bands that will grace 6 stages: Mainstage 1, Mainstage 2, Altar, Temple, Valley, and Warzone.Continue reading
Summer Breeze Open Airis a German heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria. It was first held in 1997. The festival had been held in Abtsgmünd until 2006 when it was moved to its new location of Dinkelsbühl. The festival draws around 40,000 attendees annually.
While this year SUMMER BREEZE 2016 is celebrating its 19th installment, the festival will be 4 days of exceptional Metal Breeze in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, from August 17th to 20th, 2016.
This year’s LINEUP is brutal with more than 125 bands, headlined by one of Thrash’s Big 4: SLAYER. The thrashers are supported by:
SABATON, PARKWAY DRIVE, AIRBOURNE, CARCASS, STEEL PANTHER, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, ABBATH, KATATONIA, SUBWAY TO SALLY, MASTODON, EISBRECHER, AT THE GATES, SATYRICON, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, FEAR FACTORY, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, PAIN, MY DYING BRIDE, BLUES PILLS, SOILWORK, EQUILIBRIUM, QUEENSRŸCHE, DYING FETUS, KORPIKLAANI, EMMURE, and many more. (Scroll Down For Full Line Up).
There will be a merciless display of hard music on three open air stages and one tent stage.
CHECK OUT ALL 125 Bands in the line up arranged by Alphabetical Order below:
After we covered last year’s M’era Luna in Germany >here<, this year, we are planning to pay the concert a visit as well.
M’era Luna is an industrial, metal, and goth music festival, which takes place on the second weekend of August in Hildesheim near Hanover.
This year’s M’era Luna will take place on the 13thand 14th of August 2016. Tickets are getting sold very fast, flights and hotels have been booked, and the lineup is more familiar to me this year. “Diary of Dreams” is on the top of the list of bands I want to see, then come “Apocalyptica”, “Lacrimas Profundere”, “Lacrimosa”, and “Within Temptation”.
This year as well, M’era Luna are not forgetting to conserve the environment with a great initiative that is explained in details >here<
You can find all 41 performing bands in the line up below: