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  Hellfest Open Air

Hellfest started in 2002 as a small indoor festival  in France but has now became one of the biggest festivals in Europe. Hellfest is located in the idyllic town of Clisson and brings most of the biggest metal subgenres to the table during 3 hectic days of pure chaos, metal and beer in mid June. It is held within the Val de Moine sport complex in Clisson, approximately 35 km south-east of the city of Nantes, and approximately 400 km south-west of the nation's capital Paris.

Delivering a full running 24/7 timetable of Heavy metal, hardcore punk, hard rock and stoner rock. The festival welcomes almost 40 000 persons per day!

Hellfest has now a line-up of about 160 bands.

Notable artists that have performed at previous editions include Motörhead, Slayer, Angra, Dream Theater, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Manowar, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Kiss and Def Leppard.

Covered festivals:

    Hellfest Open Air 2012

    Hellfest Open Air 2013

    Hellfest Open Air 2014

    Hellfest Open Air 2015

    Hellfest Open Air 2016

    Hellfest Open Air 2017

    Hellfest Open Air 2018

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Hellfest running ord Hellfest running ord Written 2018-05-14 23:07:01
--Running order update from HELLfest--

Hellbangers! 40 days left till the festival and we come back to you to inform you about some moves in the 13th edition’s running order. We had to face some little mishaps but be reassured : we always do our best to satisfy our fans and make this experience at Clisson a major one!

We’ve announced few weeks ago that ELECTRIC MARY were performing at Mainstage 1 : MOS GENERATOR will wake you up on friday 22th instead.

And about the cancellation of 7 Seconds ; the french SVINKELS looks forward to see you instead at WARZONE stage.
The last move that day will be the switch between the Americans CROWBAR with the Japanese CHURCH OF MISERY (all details at

At WARZONE stage, HATEBREED will perform later on Saturday 23th and make way to CRO-MAGS.

WARNING : the biggest moves occur on sunday 24th. Feel free to read carefully about the changes written here and above (RO last version).

All the schedules are flipped between the Mainstage 1 and 2 ALL day on Sunday. The L7 « riot grrrl » will perform at Mainstage 1 to warm you up and following the cancellation of YOUNG AND IN THE WAY, the new yorkers TOMBS will perform instead on Temple stage.

At last, the quartet ROTTEN SOUND switches with THE LURKING FEAR, at the Altar stage.

We highly encourage you to read the new running order to avoid the deception!

We know crystal clear that every modification at this time can be upsetting. Each year, we have to manage all the last minute mishaps. We hope that all of this does not affect your Clisson’s metal experience!

We’d like to finish it off with an announcement dear to our heart : The big winner of our 3rd edition of the Hellfest springboard : THE VOICE OF HELL Powered by RIFFX are the lorraine REDEMPTION, they stood out and they will have the opportunity to perform at Mainstage 2 on Saturday 23th jun at 10:30am. We encourage you to come with us headbang to support them, they are young and highly motivated!

Thanks y’all for the support, see you soon!
Cashless in Hell(fes Cashless in Hell(fes Written 2018-05-11 14:06:42
Dear friends, our cashless system get evolved this year : the well known card id over now, you will be able to use your cashless thanks to your wristband to pay all your consumptions!
More simple, more quick and secure, this system is a real time saver by avoiding queues at the banks.

Since now, you can create your account and make top ups at ou via the mobile app (MY ACCOUNT at the right top – Cashless), an app we highly recommend to upload to credit your wristband before and during the festival but also, to consult easily your balance.

To create your account, you must enter the bar code of your Hellfest’s printed ticket.

At your arrival at the festival, your money will be available thanks to your wristband at the first entrance scan.
Hellfest news Hellfest news Written 2018-04-06 09:23:15

This year, Hellfest thinks in big : an amateur band will be offered the mainstage thanks to the amazing international springboard powered by RIFFX ! The festival wants to support independents bands giving them the great opportunity to be part of the 2018 Clisson’s Great Metal Mass line up. As a festivalgoer, you’ll be given the chance to discover new nuggets from the Rock/Metal scene.

Every steps of the competition will occur from March the 5 to May the 4th, 2018 : registration, vote’s waves online, the 10 last names announcement and the final election of the winner nominated by a jury of professionals.

Hellfest wants to support the big winner more than an online experience ! The main goal of the springboard is to promote a band, to help him shine. The winner will be followed live by our social media team, the band will be interviewed by Metallian (one of the leader of the Metal trade press, in the September 2018 issue).

Do you want to challenge the MainStage at Hellfest ? Your friends deserve to perform before an amazing audience ? It’s up to you to have a blast and share THE VOICE OF HELL powered by RIFFX ‘s experience !

It’s time to register now ! We invite you to read the Terms and Conditions at our official website :
Hellfest news Hellfest news Written 2018-03-02 08:04:06
This year for your comfort, Hellfest adds again lockers in the Metal Corner. Several sizes are available (S, S+ ,M, L, XL). They should be reserved on our partner’s website, A key will be given to you with your purchase order. The amount of lockers are limited. In case lockers were sold out, the supplier will offer to you a left luggage system to keep your belongings. This system will be just available on site.
Hellfest news Hellfest news Written 2018-02-20 08:05:57
Here we are thrilled to reveal the final line up because as you guess, some band’s name were missing!

We were waiting for the last band’s confirmations and as the stage’s booking is now over, we are able to announce to you the Hellfest 2018 final line up!(You’ll be given later with the running order).

You can add under the Valley : KADAVAR and LUCIFER and the evilish lights of CELESTE from Lyon!
As at the Mainstage, we’ll welcome BREED MACHINE and the riot girl band L7!

At last, the english NAPALM DEATH will come back to defend the values of GrindCore music under the Altar.

At 1:13 PM today, we will launch the Digitick tickets sale opening for the 1 day tickets. (Don’t forget that you’ll receive an e-mail with the ticket within 24h)

In the later few weeks, we will open the big springboard “The Voice of Hell by RIFFX”. All new this year as an international big competition with the exceptional price to perform at the Main stage 2! (conditions and terms soon at

Please note that you’ll be noticed of all info neecded to organize your journey!

5 months before the open gates we are more than impatients to welcome you at Clisson and to indroduce you all the news at Hellfest 2018! A huge thank you for your support and patience!

/« See you in Hell folks & take care of each other ! »
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