Copenhell Festival 2022 at Refshaleoen Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhell Festival 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark
15 16 17 18/6 – 2022

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

The wildest party in Scandinavia, Copenhell, took place back in June 2022. Bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Judas Priest, Down, and The Hellacopters performed. This year’s festival lasted four days, with bands playing in front of around 35,000 fans.

Note: a few acts had photo curfews, so some reviews lack pictures. Read more about the amazing party down below…

After a two-year hiatus it was finally times for a return to the wildest party in Scandinavia – the Copenhell festival! The festival grounds are situated a few minutes outside Copenhagen, Denmark in an old shipyard. Many of the bands that were confirmed to perform back in 2020 (when the festival was put on hold due to the pandemic) were included again this year; we’re talking about bands like Kiss, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Korn, and Mercyful Fate. In June 2021 Metallica was added to the list of performers.

For this show, the legendary D.A.D let their fans choose their set list by request, which was a fun move and made the set list a bit unexpected. The festival had also switched main sponsors from the beer brand Royal to the well-known Tuborg and as always, the festival was totally sold out with the only remaining tickets were a few one-day tickets. A new element this year was something called ‘Copenhell Con’, that offered seminars, cosplay, and more. As it got closer to the festival, more bands like The Hellacopters, Death To All, Jinjer, Gloryhammer, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Down, and Suicidal Tendencies were added, along with a whole other stage, which meant that the festival now had four stages. Another day was also added which made the festival, going from Wednesday to Saturday. However, in May the cancellations started coming and bands like Crypt Sermon, Sacred Reich, and Witchcraft couldn’t make it and were replaced by Ugly Kid Joe, Kovenant, and Junkyard Drive.

Just as in previous years, the festival had its own app that you could download to get the latest news and keep track of when each band was schedule to play. The festival also offered shuttle buses to and from the grounds, and according to the organizers more buses was in added this year in order to make easier to get around – well that didn’t work at all, but more about that later. Both the biggest stages, Hades and Helviti, were in place, along with the smaller Pandamonium stage. The new stage was called Gehenna, along with the added Copenhell Con area. Of course, the Biergarten remained un-touched and returned as usual. 35,000 tickets were a big increase over previous years’ 20,000, which made the festival much bigger. During my years at the festival, it has grown immensely and that probably depends on the fact the organizers added bands from many different genres.


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