Billed as an Extreme Music Fesitval, Hellfest takes place in Clisson in France on an annual basis. The event is usually held in the early summer, around June time. It started life way back in 2000 as Furyfest, an event put together by a group of Hardcore Punk buddies who were tired of the lack of concerts and parties that catered to their musical interest. Following a 30,000 person event Furyfest came to an end in 2005 due to financial difficulties. However, many of the people who worked for it did not want to see it end, so they contacted the sponsors and Hellfest was born.
Hellfest is understandably all about the Heavy Metal and its various bastard children. You can wrap your ears around a concrete selection of some of the finest names in the industry, with previous billings entertaining heavyweights such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Guns ‘N Roses and many, many more. With three main stages supporting a wide variety of different genres, there’s a non-stop wall of sound and plenty of mosh pit action to keep you head-banging until the early hours.
Want your festival with a little controversy? Then Hellfest in France could well be the event for you. This Heavy Metal themed party has garnered attacks from both politicians and the religious right, which in our mind gives it the stamp of approval for serious fans of this genre. As with Download in the UK, the atmosphere is surprisingly fun and open, with most attendees up for a good time rather than spending the whole weekend sacrificing chickens in their tents.
Event: Hellfest 2018
Dates: Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018
Venue/location: Clisson, France
Price: From £144
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