Festival season is coming! Hellfest 2019 has released its timetable, so you can now decide who you would like to see from 21-23 June. We have listed the five most difficult choices for the French festival.
This year, Hellfest once again presents one of the strongest lineups of heavier music. But with so many acts to choose from, you cannot see them all. Here are the five clashes we believe are especially hard.
Friday: Dream Theater vs. Impaled Nazarene vs. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Dream Theater (Main 1 – 18.35-19.35) will perform on the main stage on Friday afternoon. The legendary band has recently released a new album and this could be the opportunity to hear a good mix of classics and brand new tracks.
At the same time, Finnish Impaled Nazarene (Temple – 18.35-19.35) will play their loud black metal set. This will be their third appearance at Hellfest, following the last one in 2014. If you are into extreme music you shouldn’t miss it.
Lastly, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (Warzone – 18.35-19.35) will play the usual irreverent cover set. The iconic punk rock supergroup (NOFX, Lagwagon, No Use For A Name members among the others) will do play versions of songs by The Beatles, Gloria Gaynor, Elton John, and many others.
Friday: Gojira vs. King Diamond vs. Sum 41
Another triple clash on Friday. Gojira (Main 2 – 00.45-02.05) has the home court advantage. Be ready for a powerful concert! In fact, the French band also cares about environmental matters, and they are fighting to reduce the production of plastic, bravo!
At the same time on Temple Stage, you will find another legendary band: King Diamond (Temple – 01.05-02.05). The band was formed in Denmark in 1985 and has released a total of twelve albums. Mr King Diamond will bring his eccentric make-up and bizarre live show with large use of falsetto and guitar solos to Clisson.
Looking for more punk rock? Don’t worry, Sum 41 (Warzone – 01.05-02.05) will play at Hellfest for the first time ever. The Canadians will close the stage with their melodic punk rock anthems: be prepared for a real singalong, plus a punk version of ‘We Will Rock You’.
Saturday: KISS vs. Cradle of Filth
Not many clashes on Saturday… Thankfully, this may not be a hard clash for two reasons. Firstly, there is only a partial overlap. Secondly, we have a mythical band on their very last tour! This should be enough… Anyway, you will see an hour and a half of greatest hits, featuring guitar, bass and drum solos, lights, fire and blood. It is the must-see show. But pay attention: if you want to get to the front, you must be there at least one hour before KISS (Main 1 – 23.30-01.00) start playing.
Still, Cradle of Filth (Temple – 22.55-23.55) perform a terrific show as well. Frontman Dani Filth will bring his angry symphonic black metal right before KISS’ performance. You could see their first songs while drinking a beer, and then run to Main Stage 1 for the must-see concert.
Sunday: Cannibal Corpse vs. Slash
Cannibal Corpse (Altar – 21.50-22.50) are probably the most famous death metal band. With fourteen studio albums, they are also the top-selling death metal band of all time. About fifteen furious tracks, no encore, all at once.
But if you only know Cannibal Corpse for their cameo in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective you better go see Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (Mainstage1 – 21.50-22.55). The Guns N’ Roses guitarist and Alter Bridge frontman will bring songs from 2018 album Living the Dream and other Slash songs. Some hardcore GNR fans would prefer to go elsewhere, but we know it will be incredible.
Sunday: Tool vs. Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Tool (Mainstage1 – 00.20-02.05) are finally back. Their last European appearance dates back to 2007. They are about to release a new album. They are a great live band and Keenan is one of the best frontmans in rock. Tool are the band who everyone, with whatever musical background, wants to see.
What else? Bad news: at the same time, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (Valley – 00.00-01.00) will destroy the stage, performing classic Pantera songs. All the metalheads who grew up in the 80s and 90s will have this big dilemma: Tool or Phil Anselmo? The choice is yours…
Hellfest is a hard rock and heavy metal festival. It is considered to be one of the largest metal festivals in France. The festival was organised for the first time in 2006. It takes place annually in Clisson. Every year, more than 50,000 visitors attend the festival.