Hellfest Festival 2013
@ Clisson, France
21st– 23rd June 2013
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe
It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.
Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.
Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.
Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.
Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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Tags: Accept, Anti-Flag, AT THE GATES, Bad Religion, Black Spider, Coal Chamber, CRADLE OF FILTH, Danko Jones, Danzig, DEF LEPPARD, Down, Europe, Finntroll, GHOST, gojira, Hellfest Festival 2013, Helloween, Hellyeah, Kiss, Korn, Kreator, LORDI, MORBID ANGEL, My Dying Bride, NEWSTED, NOFX, P.O.D, papa roach, Prong, Red Fang, Saxon, Sick Of It All, Skindred, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, Stonesour, Testament, Twisted Sister, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, VEKTOR, VoiVod, VOLBEAT, Whitesnake, WINTERSUN, ZZ Top
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DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE and STEEL PANTHER will join forces for a six-show U.K. tour in December.
The dates are as follows:
Dec. 06 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
Dec. 08 – Nottingham, UK @ FM Arena
Dec. 09 – Glasgow, UK @ SECC Hall 4
Dec. 11 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
Dec. 13 – Sheffield, UK @ Arena
Dec. 14 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 2 at 9:00 a.m. They cost £47.50 in London and £45 regionally. Buy them from www.livenation.co.uk.
Out now is DEF LEPPARD’s CD/DVD set, “Mirror Ball: Live And More”. The concert collection — which is the band’s first — was recorded during DEF LEPPARD’s 2009 tour.
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s summer trek landed the group on the Billboard “Hot Tours” chart six times, marking it as one of the legendary rock group’s most successful tours to date. The 48-city trek tour — which launched on June 24 and wrapped last week — was one of the summer’s highest grossing, packing amphitheaters and arenas all summer long, drawing half a million fans.
STEEL PANTHER will release its new album, “Balls Out”, on October 18. The CD’s first U.K. single will be “If You Really, Really Love Me”. (Note: The first single in the U.S. will be “17 Girls In A Row”.)
Tags: DEF LEPPARD, Motley Crue, Steel Panther
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Saturday, August 27th, 2005
General Motors Place
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
**Live Report & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland
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Tags: DEF LEPPARD, Hysteria, Pyromania, Rock of Ages
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