Location: Val de Moine, Clisson, France
Date: 20th, 21st, 22nd of June, 2014
Bands: [Friday] Gehenna . Destroyer 666 . Therapy? . Impaled Nazarene . Sepultura . Iron Maiden . Slayer . Enslaved . [Saturday] Skid Row . Extreme . Shining . Status Quo . Soulfly . Deep Purple . Aerosmith . Carcass . [Sunday] Dordeduh . Unleashed . Annihilator . Vreid / Sognametal . Paradise Lost . Emperor . Black Sabbath . 1349 . Opeth
The way towards the festival's 10 year anniversary in 2015
Around 180 bands are drawing visitors
to the little, now worldwide town of Clisson, for the third time at "the new
Manager B. Barbaud in the
Ouest France, local press 23.06.14.
37000 more tickets sold than last year! The
festival is expanding and expanding...
Metal market area 2014.
Considerable investments are done on the
infrastructures of the festival, including
the pavement on this area and underground
systems adapted to the festival's needs. Hellfest is obviously here to stay.
You shall not pass, or
beware. Hellfest authority mascot. VIP entrance.
PART IThree of the metal kin about music
Michel (left) |
|How many times at Hellfest?
I've been here since the FuryFest (predecessor of Hellfest, red.) in 2002.
2nd year, no way
|What's your purpose for being here?
I like to see a bit of everything. I also use the opportunity to catch up with people.
I don't have special expectations, generally it's just three super days.
I'm here first and foremost for the music.
I watch bands I'm fond of and I may build professional contacts in a small extent.
I'm here as much for the music as for the social life.
"Take it as it comes" is my motto at the festival.
|Most looked forward this year?
Loudblast, Kataklysm, Dagoba, Walls of Jericho, Iron Maiden, to quote only a few.
I'll definitely have to make some choices.
Gorguts, Ulcerate, Nocturnus.
I'm mostly looking forward to so-called
We will see what the days bring.
[Judging from Michel's pics, it was three long days filled with shows on all stages, red.]
What place does music have in your life?
Besides being a fan, I'm a security staff at shows (not on duty at Hellfest).
Interactive music teacher. I also occasionally play live as a session guitarist.
Radio host. I also play in a band and with some friends we organise our small festival in the south of France. |
|How does it influence your interest for staying metal?
Of course my function has changed my way of seeing things: the easiness to approach bands for example, has made it less exclusive.
Also, I can choose to work when there is a band I like playing. While working I can take a look at the band at the same time, but I seldom have stars in my eyes anymore. I've become jaded with time.
As music is my work, it might happen that I have to compromise and focus on bands or styles I'm not especially fond of.
I stay faithful to my favourites. Just think about getting to be a session guitarist for one of them sometime!?
The metal radio association gives me many opportunities to get to know knew bands, and they really never stop coming.
For me, being a radio host boosts my enthusiasm for music, I don't see it as a work.
|What bands brought you to metal?
Scorpions, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, AC/DC, later on Metallica... Trust and Kiss also, they had such commercial hits back in the days, it was crazy, everybody knew them.
Enslaved and Old Man's Child captured my interest many years ago, though I listened to regular metal bands at first.
When you are young you are influenced by your surroundings and get into the bands you get hold on.
Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Slayer were some of the first I got really into. |
|What's your relationship to them now?
Iron Maiden, Saxon and Helloween are the ones I still look forward to.
Otherwise, I'm mostly into hardcore / metalcore, with bands like Machine Head, Biohazard, Agnostic Front, Sonic Syndicate, Asking Alexandria, Lamb of God, Mastodon...
I have kept on following the bands mentioned and have enjoyed rediscovering them all along.
When I listen to Old Man's Child's Revelations 666, it sounds completely different as when it came out.
I enjoy music in a freer way than in my younger days.
I am still following
them. I am also fond of some French bands like Lofofora, which I'm going to see on Sunday. |
|Live reviews: useful or not?
I think it's nice to read what others have to say about a show I might have seen.
It can be interesting but I do not take them too seriously when reading about a band I don't know, it's easy to get influenced in this case.
I think it's fun to read!
A glimpse of the life at Hellfest
Usually two min queue at the bar, 1h30 by the showers
Wouldn't they find their way to either beer, muscadet or the showers, at least
this pocession won't risk drowning in their own sweat...
Popular Art Food: fill your stomachs #1, 2 and 3 for 5 euros. Meat free. Worth
the usual wait.
Some have elaborated survival techniques ;)
Photo: Michel's archive
That would be a bar at the end of the forest...
Very Woodstock like surroundings around here.
Thanks to Patrick and Thierry for bringing me there and taste the local Muscadet
(hat advised when drinking it in the heat). The brothers are waiting for Deep
Purple and Aerosmith.
Shower service by the front of the pit. Also available
at the strolling area. Photo: Erik Ozirit,
Meeting with Frost of 1349
Photo: Erik Furulund
Conducting interviews at a
festival requires that you are extremely flexible in your schedule, hear/feel
your phone when the promoter's suddenly calling at the middle of a show, think
fast and manage to stay in a good mood whatever happens. Originally planned some
hours after the listening session I was supposed to take part in, and that got
cancelled, I got a call from the adorable miss from H.I.M. Media, asking if I
could be so kind and consider meeting the band earlier, in fact, as speaking.
Given the revelation I was about to be made, I'm glad I did. Thus, Trollfest and
Incantation, so much for us.
A 15 minute interview slot just meant one thing: the band was extremely
busy, meeting tons of reporters during the whole day, so I thought I had to find
the theme to give them a fresh breath in the plethora of questions about their
new album to come this fall. That was an easy one, as
1349 share my fond interest in
beer, as could be noticed by first meeting the band back stage at Southern
Discomfort Metal Festival (Kristiansand, Norway), when a hobby brewer friend of
mine had the privilege of saving the band's life backstage by serving them one
of his own creations.
It is my theory that being picky towards music goes hand in hand with
being a Feinschmecker when it comes to what you put in your glass. «It this
really what you are going to tell the band? Talk about beer?» is the reaction of
one of my mates.
I can assure you that I didn't get Frost angry, not at all, I barely had
to get him started and had problems hushing my giggles when he takes the word
for the 7 minutes we end up being left in peace in the interview box. So
readers, here are the facts:
Yes, 1349 will be
releasing a new record on September 30th, 2014. In
Massive Cauldron of Chaos,
which name was revealed at the press conference on June 22nd at Hellfest, «the
band will take it in a new direction». This is not the whole story. Just listen
up to this!
The release of the new record will be coupled by the launch of two beers
produced by 1349 in
collaboration with Surly Brewing Company
(Minnesota, USA) and Lervig Aktiebryggeri.
The latter being known to me for their great strong beers, this is promising to
be a long long wait.
1349 Black Ale
13.49% ,120 IBU, a full bodied hybrid beer «with a mouthful of tastes».
Fermentation has been going on for a while already.
1349 Pale Ale
6.66% is also «a bitter devil», reaches towards IPA type. It will be started by
the end of the summer.
Date for launch: 31.10.14
Place: What's Brewing,
beer festival held at Tou Scene in Stavanger, Norway
1349's brews will
obviously not be for the newbie, but I strongly encourage each and every fan of
the band, of the breweries, of good drinks generally to ensure you get some
bottles of each.
In order to be of the first to taste 1349's
brews, a trip to Norway is recommended. The band hopes for international export
after a while. If things go as Frost hopes for,
1349 Black Ale and 1349
Pale Ale will be pilot projects for a more expansive
Frost tells me that the whole band is involved in the process, so that they
participated in setting up the recipes in details.
The band wanted a beer that reflected their music, «extreme with lots of
nuances» as states beer information website Ølportalen's article that Frost
makes me aware of.
The news first being brought out in Norwegian beer circles shows
1349's commitment to the
You still have the summer to warm up and learn what good beer is about!
is information that could hopefully influence the choice of beer at venues.
Would the Hellfest crew go in the steps of The Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo,
Norway, and relieve picky metal and beer fans!
The above mentioned article (in Norwegian) was published 23.05.14 on
NB: For live photos, check Hellfest's official photo page
or scroll down to Part IV - Sources.
DAY 1 OF 3: FRIDAY, JUNE 20 TH
Concert of the day: ENSLAVED
[Temple 14:20 – 15:05]
I know that my ears are not warmed up yet, attending the first show of the
festival, but Gehenna
is very much looked forward to. New try after the show at Hole in the Sky
some years ago that had to cut short. I'm well prepared, have listened to
Gehenna regularly and
consequently started to build expectations of an old school set and a ceremonial
performance. Calm your horsesl, my dear. The mood is kind of tedious after a short
time, as the doomed black metal lacks dynamics in form of performing with more
conviction and communicating their message outwards. I'm not saying this is all
is able to deliver and I'm still willing to let them pass the test at some later
occasion. Maybe they would be well off collaborating with another art form. If
that should sound interesting, do give me a call, Gehenna ;)
[Temple 16:00 – 16:50]
A headspinning, intense, spitfire of a show.
plays on technique, their belief in their art, and offers a varied, high
energetic set of satanic speed metal, as they call it themselves. My
acquaintance of the band is both out of date and limited, but I've come to the
temple with open ears and can tell that every of the fifty minutes is
[Main Stage 1 16:55 – 17:45]
The power of entertainment in person must be called
The compos are all catchy, so that even when you haven't heard them for fifteen
years, you will remember them all and even be able to sing along. Even if you
never knew them really, and don't want to. Great job. Thanks for giving me a
light rest on this rather intense and hot day.
[Temple 17:50 – 18:40]
Here again, I had looked forward to seeing
Impaled Nazarene for a long time. Not because I'm a
fan, but because I've known them for many years and thus they won over Trivium,
which I really wanted to see too, playing on the Main Stage at the same time. Moreover,
Nazarene's performances are
linked to diverse scandals and I would in the end have to see what the fuss is
all about. Frontman Mika Luttinen is a reasonable musician today and not up for
trouble, too bad. Still, extremely right to the point and entertaining. Although
Mika's desperate to get a decent moshpit to form, the audience seems to be
active and showing their regards for the ever speeding playing through the set.
[Main Stage 2 19:50 – 20:40]
WOW. Unfortunately, I've come a bit late and standing kind of far from the
stage, I don't get the best sound through the wind. This is such a great show
anyway. Derrick knows perfectly how to capture the audience, holding them back
before he gives everything. The set is an almost equal blend of
Sepultura era before and
after Derrick's coming. Whatever's being played, he shows he's a vocalist that
was able to take his place and carry the musical legacy of
I am very much looking forward to see a whole show with the band any time in the
[Main Stage 1 20:50 – 22:55]
What a great great set. This Maiden England tour was exactly what was needed for
me to believe in
as a live act, just because I'm so fond of their mid-eighties records. The ever
alive and healthy band need not do much to entertain, but they do it still.
[Main Stage 2 23:00 – 00:00]
Standing far far from the stage, how can you be convinced?
Slayer is a band one should
enjoy in the dark, so close to the band as possible, or so says my past
experiences with them.
have always had to do much to convince me, but they indiscutably have sat grand
marks in the history of metal, which they will play tonight, the one golden
stone after the other. The problem is the sound, standing from where I am.
[Temple 00:00 – 01:00]
Many years ago in the last century, I took the totally arbitrary decision that I
would become a close follower of Enslaved's career. They had very few releases
at the time and I frankly don't think I knew why I wanted to know more of them,
but one thing is sure, it can't have been thanks to my CD player's sound.
Enslaved was a cult,
underground band, but there was something unsusual about them, something more
profound. The only reason I'm saying all this now, and this probably won't be
the last time I do, is that on this first night of Hellfest, I get the proof
once again that Enslaved
are a well of musical knowledge. The landscape they have created over the years
is so adventurous and deep that it will reveal for you many secrets about the
history of music of our time, while their true spirit is a lot more than
thousand years old.
DAY 2 OF 3: SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST
Concert of the
[Main Stage 1 13:35 – 14:15]
Not everyone can pretend to be Sebastian Bach. Johnny Solinger is, sorry
to say so, no exception to the rule.
When the set list is basically identical to one of "the
Skids" cover bands, you might as a vocalist, give a try
to roaring like your idol vocalist and frontman. But, given the
fact of actually standing onstage with the original musicians
rules this possibility out, doesn't it? I mean, once can pass,
and in Skid Row's case, Sebastian Bach's
characteristic exclamations are so integrated in the text that
they are inevitable. Still, the very most of the time, Johnny
doesn't just do the work of putting his own interpretation in
the songs. A lack of charisma, that all Skid Row
fans can only regret. The deep voice might just don't do in many
cases and Johnny doesn't feel the space properly, which leaves
the stage so very void, objectively. Moreover, the remainder
musicians seem to have gotten so used to being overshadowed by
Baz that they just stay in the background, but hey, that
attitude is so 1999. Why main composers Dave and Rachel don't
realise it is incomprehensible. They basically don't seem to
care, so why bother carrying on with the same name? The final
"Youth gone wild" is so generic that we're both inevitably
staying hungry (and angry?).
WALKING PAPERS [Main Stage 1 15:10 - 15:55]
Mc Kagan have had to
stay in a
people with whom he
did not get along?
is a life after
his latest project
is certainly not
I know from earlier, but the mellow harmony
in the music and within the band, there's
like it to
bring a summer breeze to this
The band take the stage and
even inaugurates the
runway destined to Aerosmith for the ballad "Red and
white" and takes a step down to sing along
Walking Papers is a nice
discovery made in
[Main Stage 1 16:50 – 17:45]
It had been 20 years since my last
Extreme show and I couldn't actually remember they were as
punchy. Extreme was on one side known for their mellowness through the universal
hit "More than words", which isn't that impressive today under the Hellfest sun;
it's just there playing because it has to be included in the set. The feel-good
moment of the show is soon forgotten in the rest of the set. One of the reasons
for this: Gary Cherone whose attitude does not seem to have taken a line. An
efficient show, Extreme definitely get the funk out!
[Temple 17:50 – 18:40]
message is supposed to be clear: let us destroy everything or «låt oss ta allt
från varandra». The mentioned rocking black metal hymn illustrates the efforts
put in their struggle against a lethargic audience, challenging them to cheer as
they would have done if Iron Maiden, Danzig was standing onstage at their place.
Here on the ARTE video, the skills are at their place, on the band's side at
least. See for yourself and enjoy this concept show!
[Main Stage 1 18:45 – 19:40]
Some bands just never die out. Ever touring
Status Quo are one of them.
Under Sahara like conditions, the band delivered a hell of a show, whether you're a
hard rock n' roll fan or not, which I am not. Thanks for quality playing, good
mood and a great set for the adepts of the band. A must see.
Many dates to come in July and August, but also for the rest of the year.
[Main Stage 1 20:45 - 21:40] – rear pit, side
Full of food and after a break in the shade, under a still threatening sunlight,
the chords of Refuse/Resist echo over the Main Stage .
energy cocktail is contaminating. Classical thrash riffs mix with tribal
rhythms, groovy strings sustain committed frontman Max Cavalera's stage
A boiling tornado of sand.
[Main Stage 2 21:45 - 22:50] – mid pit, between Main 1 & 2
This year's bill will really have given me all the bands I had to see or see
again. I came to
quite late, not considering the first riff I ever played. So, tonight's show is
very much looked forward. The band will come onstage almost unnoticed. Their
performance is great musically, though quite introvert, as if they were enjoying
playing for themselves more than for an audience. The setlist is kind of
deceiving for me as none of the awaited titles come up. I'd still go and see
these ones at their own concert to enjoy them fully, and indoors this time.
[Main Stage 1 22:55 - 00:55] Timeless
I was supposed to check them out before seeing awaited Gorgoroth again; this
time the Temple had to do without me, the reason being me hung up by
Aerosmith. It is quite
an understatement to say that my musical taste has evolved the last two decades
and that many of the bands I was crazy about as a kid are a black hole in
history. In the mid-nineties, I was lucky to see
Aerosmith at the peak of their renewed career. They
were kicking ass around the world and obviously they still can do it. The set is
amazing, the new songs blend admirably into the rest of the set. Of course
Aerosmith has a
certain popularity to play on, but they are born entertainers. Hat off, goose
[Altar 01:05 – 02:05]
All are dead after a long and great day, but who wouldn't push it one little
hour more for Carcass?
Veni, vidi, vici...glad I did, although I can't get to press myself forward
through the crowd
this time. Bill Steer has obviously been having fun with some tasty bottle,
which adds up to the level of entertainment. Since the revelation at Hole in the Sky
(Bergen, Norway) in 2008,
has been one of my favourite live acts. Groovy extreme metal at its best from
another legendary piece of music history.
DAY 3 OF
3: SUNDAY, JUNE 22ND
Concerts of the
day: Vreid / Sognametal, 1349
Two days in the dust, heat, beer, standing in lines, in crowds, filling ears
with the one band after the other, take their toll on one's shape. On this last
day of the 'fest, we are greeted by stone throwing Crowbar from the
Main Stage. Thank you for waking me up.
I'd like Scandinavia to book these guys
some time in the future, they are dynamite!
[Temple 14:20 – 15:05]
The traditional, progressive, mid-tempo black metal of
is mesmerizing the large crowd that has gathered in the Temple tent. The band is
into what they are playing, outward communication is otherwise limited.
Music speaks for itself. Today's show is an invitation to cross a new horizon
line when it comes to black metal, while still taking care of the European black
metal heritage, maybe with an ounce of nostalgia (Dordeduh = «yearning for the
are currently touring Europe, absolutely do give them a try! Their appearance at
the upcoming Southern Discomfort (Kristiansand, Norway) is very much looked
[Altar 16:55 – 17:45]
«Welcome, warriors»! The panzer battalion gathers a large crowd in the Altar,
even though all seem to have gathered around the Main Stage to see Alterbridge.
performance is dynamite, going full swing between J. Hedund who does a hell of a
job as a frontman, and the technical death strings going amok. I'm not sure
about the originality of the music, but I've always known that Unleashed had it
in the name when it comes to live playing. It is now confirmed. With a dose of
Swedish strength in my baggage I am ready to walk head high through the heat and
hit the next show on the program.
[Main Stage 2 17:50 – 18:40] – camera/sound tower level
So, finally I got to see Alice in Hell's fathers. This edition of Hellfest will
have been one to catch up with bands of old. Tight and heavy, aseptic thrash,
although engaging, which doesn't come easy to all bands. The band line-up is
more than slightly altered throughout the years and since the first of my
sporadic listenings, so I suppose Jeff Waters appoints the musicians involved carefully
to their function for both skills and adaptability. It seems like the band are enjoying
every chord of it too. I won't regret the sunburn, or the heavy legs, or the bad
beer. From my spot I can enjoy the riffs of one of the world of thrash's most
recognisable and original bands.
[Temple 19:45 – 20:45]
Ten years since influential Windir's Valfar passed away, the goodbye concert of
the band, fronted by Valfar's brother and Sture from hence newly started Vreid.
Today the band has found their own style, still in the vein of what's now called
«Sogna» metal, from their hometown. This is a good decision as compos from the
two bands systematically share the set alternately. The links between them makes
a harmonising set, while the differences lead to enhancing each and every one of
them. At this hour, there is no doubt I had to choose
above Behemoth, this is a one time event.
celebrate Valfar's visionary skills that once broadened the definition of black metal, mixing
the Norwegian folk heritage into his music, when the history of black metal was
still young. It gets chilly as my nearly legitimate national feeling suddenly
[Altar 20:50 – 21:45]
Some bands can not be missed when I know I'm only a few meters from them,
and Paradise Lost would be one of them.
Although I stop counting times I've seen them perform, I always
take their shows as a new opportunity to hear some of their rich
repertoire. Booked on the Altar stage, Paradise Lost
seem to mostly interest an audience already familiar with their
I only regret their choice of the rather eclectic setlist.
The mix of songs doesn't harmonise in my ears, between the ones
from Host and the newer stuff, especially, and they
have so much material to choose from if any band has.
[LyM] I'm kind of blind of
expectations. To me Paradise Lost's show is a
best of. I'm so overwhelmed that they play one song from
Host, the next from Icon, which I have missed from
previous shows, the next again from Gothic, followed by
Draconian Times. Am I being commercial when it comes to
good old Paradise Lost? Are they here to please
each and everyone, fans of old, as well as the new recruits?
What I allow myself to attend of this show satisfies me plenty.
When "Erased" starts, I finally have to run for the Main Stage,
knowing some thousand Black Sabbath fans will have filled half
of the place dedicated to the Emperor.
[Main Stage 2 22:00 – 23:05]
Hellfest programmation has been good. It is positive that
Emperor is considered main
stage material; the temple would have been packed but again it would have been
dark. Thus, to my opinion,
should have started one hour later, after sunset of course. The reason for this
fussiness is simple: Emperor
gifts the audience with the whole legendary In the Nightide Eclipse. Even circle
pit adepts are present. Somebody have mercy on them. Whatever. The rules for
appreciating such a pearl make no sense at a festival.
performance is furious enough, but their wrath is so perfectly controlled, the
original sound so well reconstructed that the charm is somewhat lost. May they
play between Norwegian mountains and valleys in the future, or I'd rather play
their LPs at home, in sheer nostalgia for times passed, and let fantasy do its
work. A solid set from an elite black metal band, with thanks for the demo songs
In the Nightside Eclipse is over... Soon Emperor
will be hitting their encores
[Main Stage 1 23:10 – 00:55]
Through thick and thin they have stood together, forging the world of metal as
we know it today. "War Pigs" announces the start of the show of the legendary Black Sabbath
reunited , for the first time live for my ears and the ones of many, too many,
yet not many ears enough; I could be dreaming. Ozzy sounds quite more alive than
at his 2012 performance at Hellfest. Having since read his
autobiography this is nothing obvious. By the way, I'll recommend I am
Ozzy to each and every fan of any band Black Sabbath may have
influenced (which basically rules none). I am so sorry to be stranded at the
rearmost of the stage that I finally go to the eating quarter and watch the show
from a screen, at least I'll have seen them properly. The setlist itself is a
rather regular one I believe and we get both a mandatory bass then drum solo.
The question I ask myself is where will I be travelling to in order to see a
full Black Sabbath show before it's too late?
[Temple 00:00 – 01:00]
monumental entering has come to a close when I enter the Temple for the last
time this year. The bombastic quartet take the stage with storm and hold every
present individual as a hostage for the whole time of their set.
1349 live up to all they
stand for, a «massive cauldron of chaos», also being the title of their new
album out forthcoming fall. The intertwined layers of the songs, the undying
energy of the whole band make
unique stage material. This grandiose retrospective of
1349's discography in the
Temple tonight will rip you at the core and eat you raw. This is not common
black metal, not more death metal, not whatever. The recipe is
Do see them if you are coming across their pass, seek them if they come along
[Altar 01:05 – 02:05]
It is late, so so late, and I have obviously not managed to take in enough beer
in order to get amused by Mikael Åkerfeldts jokes. The short set is good,
Opeth plays as well as
always with a temptation of a guitar sound, the band seems happy to be there,
the audience also, singing along and everything. For my part, according to the
moment and time of day, it is a bit too calm for a closing concert.
Opeth: Fistbanging like it's 1981, according to M. Åkerfeldts wish.
Some still have the energy to hang up a pole to see the last band.
Links and articles about this year's fest
In need to re-live some moments from this year's Hellfest?
Want to see what you missed? Some concerts were filmed by the ARTE TV-channel:
[Friday] M.O.D., Death Angel, Turisas, Watain, Sabaton, [Saturday] We came as
Romans, Skyclad, Dagoba, Tsjuder, Eluveitie, [Sunday] Angra, Urfaust,
Equilibrium, Behemoth, Solstafir
For professional pictures
from the festival, visit Erik Ozirit:
Headbanger Zone, Radio programme, the latest about
HELLFEST 2014 (Michel's radio, see Part I - Festivalers about music)
Video report from Disto Team: many live excerpts from the
Documentary about the making of the Hellfest festival area (in French):
can be found on:
of the 'fest
Thumbs up for:
- Faster tracks at the entrance of the festival area
- Little waiting at the bars
- Relatively quick serving of food (but PLEASE DO COOK THE PANCAKES
- Bridge from festival area to camping! Carry on!
- Better toilets service than last year. Don' t think of resting on that
one, the OK state of the loos has a lot to do with the dry weather this year.
With such a number of tickets sold, and with the festival's future plans, the
amount of sanitaties shouldn't be reduced at any cost!
Still way to go:
- Showers. Heard of people who capitulated after one and a half hour of
- Some members of the security staff. Generally they are sceptical, kind
of brutal and abusing their power. This year it was one of the women at the
regular entrance, my she was frustrated! This is starting to be a serious issue
at Hellfest, so many are complaining. CHILL OUT!
- Beer! Many people are starting to prefer Kro to Grim, which is
understandable, the latter being thinned out. Thank you for taking care of
people's water intake, but this is giving Belgian beer a bad name. I also
understand that the consumption of thin beer at summer festivals is more secure
than stronger, better alternatives, so I suppose I'll be mourning year after
year, unless part II of this report came to be read by the right person...
- Manager Benjamin Barbaud for carrying on with his efforts
- Promo team. You do an amazing job and know quite a bit about music, even
if some crashes in the timetable couldn't be avoided.
- Volunteers before, under and after the festival. You are making Hellfest
a blast for the visitors. The efficient rigging up and especially down is surely
pleasing the local population. The town of Clisson has accepted the festivalers
and many rejoice when Hellfest time comes. As the neighbour of our lodger said:
«I am quite pissed at the weather this year. The wind is going the wrong way and
I can't hear a sound from my garden!»
- My helper and partner in crime ZLG. Thank you for the company, your all
time sharp eyes and ears and your clever thoughts and insights.
To you readers
out there: your comments are as usual more than welcome, do drop me a mail !
ZLG. Thank you!