So I am currently in France at Hellfest 2014. If this festival is not on your radar already, it needs to be. Not only does it have the best line up going with headline slots for Iron Maiden, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath and supporting roles for the likes of Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold, Deep Purple, Soundgarden,Status Quo, Alterbridge and the mighty Slayer. That is all without even mentioning the separate sub-stages each dedicated to a particular sub-genre of rock all metal including, Stoner Rock, Death metal, Punk and Black Metal.
This place is unbelievably huge and decked out with the most amazing asthetics and side shows. Check out the pictures below to get an idea of what this place is like.
However, what I like most about this place is that it has the feel of an old school festival. It is right smack in the town of Clisson near Nantes and the whole town gets taken over for 5 days. All roads leading into the beautiful town of Clisson are closed with cars abandoned at the side of the roads and people camping on any bit of available grass in the town as well as the designated campsites. The supermarkets have hour long queues on every checkout and metallers can be seen everywhere letting out a huge mexican wave style roar every once in a while that makes them sound like a Germanic horde ready to lay waste to the town. It makes me think of what festivals like Woodstock and Monterey must have been like in the 60’s (just without the peace and love). Best of all, the locals really embrace the festival and can be seen outside their houses waving to passing metalheads or trying to make a little money hear and there. Apparently this weekend sets them up for the next 12 months so no wonder they get behind it.
This place is truly great. My only gripe is that you are not allowed to bring anything to cook on into the campsite which makes feeding yourself on a budget for 5 days pretty tricky and for a coffee addict like me, it leaves me with no option but to brave the long queues at the supermarket which is far from ideal when I need my fix.
Anyway, enjoy these pictures of the site. I will add some of bands as the weekend goes on.
Turn on, Tune in, Rock out!