Unfortunately this will be the first time in five years that I will not be attending Hellfest Open Air; the most eclectic, well-organised and friendliest festival in the world (probably)! The French festival has become an annual tradition for thousands of metalheads and I’m sure that anyone who appreciates heavy music would agree that finding another festival that balances extremity with such a welcoming atmosphere would be a difficult task indeed.
Some of my most cherished memories are from Hellfest. Here are just a few of my favourite things about it:
The Line-Up (Every time!)
A quality line-up is always guaranteed, with a diverse range in genre. Whether you favour black, death, hardcore or doom, it’s likely all tastes will be catered for.
I will never forget that classic thrash-Saturday back in 2011. With Municipal Waste playing, followed by Destruction, Sodom and Kreator. I was in Heaven… Or Hell?
I always say to my friends that being at Hellfest feels like ‘coming home’ in some respect. The fact that you’re surrounded by thousands of other people who are there for exactly the same reason you are – to worship heavy music – feels so pure and exciting. In my experience the crowds have always been extremely friendly. There really is a magical atmosphere and I hope it lasts for years to come.
Living in England means that a quick trip across the Channel on a ferry is no real hassle, in terms of making the trip to Clisson by car. Yet the fact that the festival is indeed foreign adds to the excitement factor, in that you feel like you’re exploring other lands!
Plus the long drive through French countryside isn’t exactly horrid. Especially when the sun is beaming through your window.
I hope that anybody travelling to Hellfest today has a fantastic time! No festival in England succeeds in creating the perfect mix of quality music, atmosphere and value for money quite like Hellfest does.
See you next year, maybe!