Taking place between 21-23 June 2019 in Clisson, France. Hellfest Open Air is one of Europe's biggest and most respected rock, metal and punk festivals.
Held in its current form since 2006, the festival is now hugely well established and the lineups unfailingly feature a wealth of the genre's biggest and best; whether that's rock veterans or the newest stars of the scene. Almost unrivalled in scale, last year the festival attracted more than 350000 fans with a killer lineup that was packed with rock legends.
From heavy metal pioneers to the new breed of rock superstars – whether that's black metal, hardcore or stoner rock – the festival is an extensive and vibrant celebration of the global scene.
In 2019, the scene will be besieged by bands like Tool, KISS, Slayer, Manowar, Def Leppard, and Dream Theater. Other notable acts include Lamb of God, Stone Temple Pilots, Gojira, Dropkick Murphys, Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, King Diamond, Venom, Refused, Clutch, Descendents, and Sum 41.
Also playing are ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Whitesnake, Mass Hysteria, Anthrax, Testament, Trivium, Phil Anselmo & The Illegals, YOB, Eagles of Death Metal, Enter Shikari, Cannibal Corpse, Kvelertak, Architects, The Obsessed, Cave In, Envy, Cult of Luna, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Graveyard, All Them Witches, Conan, Power Trip, and Fumanchu, among others.
Much like other important fests, tickets for the festival sell out in advance of the lineup announcement. However, you can still acquire tickets on third-party resellers.
American rock legends, Tool will play on Hellfest stage as a part of the European tour. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. In 2018 the band announced that a new album will be released in 2019. Cerebral and visceral, soft and heavy, melodic and abrasive, tender and brutal, familiar and strange, western and eastern, beautiful and ugly, taut yet sprawling and epic, they are a tangle of contradictions.” Tool has gained critical praise from the International Herald Tribune for their complex and ever-evolving sound.
Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics.
If we were to think of bands who no longer need a presentation, surely Slayer would be one of them. Slayer is among the titans of music, not just metal. It is the band that has influenced hundreds of other bands, the band that has crystallized the thrash metal but also has overwhelmingly influenced the extreme genres of metal, many artists of the black and death metal scene calling Slayer as their main influences.
From the US again, Manowar is a group known for their lyrics based on fantasy (particularly sword and sorcery) and mythology (particularly Norse mythology. In an interview for MTV in February 2007, bassist Joey DeMaio lamented that “these days, there's a real lack of big, epic metal that is drenched with crushing guitars and choirs and orchestras… so it's nice to be one of the few bands that's actually doing that”
For Def Leppard strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Def Leppard's music is a mixture of hard rock, pop and heavy metal elements, with its multi-layered, vocals and its melodic guitar riffs. However, even though they were often considered one of the top bands of the new wave of British heavy metal movement of the late 1970s, in the mid-1980s the band were associated with the growing glam metal scene, mainly due to their mainstream success and glossy production.
Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.
The band's highest-selling album is the gold-selling ‘Images and Words’ (1992), which reached No. 61 on the Billboard 200chart. Both the 1994 release ‘Awake’ and their 2002 release ‘Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence’ also entered the charts at No. 32 and No. 46 respectively and received mostly positive reviews.
Hellfest is one of the Europe biggest rock-fest and again this time promises not to disappoint.