Hellfest 2019 goes 80s with KISS, ZZ Top, Def Leppard and Whitesnake

Photo: Eva Wendt / Festileaks

At Hellfest 2019, the bookers made a remarkable choice with an evening full of eighties headliners. KISS, ZZ Top, Def Leppard and Whitesnake all played in Clisson on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at how it was and how the audience reacted to these bands.


Whitesnake opened the eighties night. The field was not very crowded yet, but the people who were there clearly enjoyed the show. The band played a one-hour show full of energy, including several guitar solos and an amazing drum solo.

In between the eighties bands of the Hellfest’s Saturday, Within Temptation played their gig. We asked the Dutch symphonic metal band what they thought of this schedule: “Even though it’s very different from our music, we love those bands and we are happy to be with them on this festival.”

Def Leppard and ZZ Top

When Def Leppard played their gig, it was a lot more crowded and by the time it was ZZ Top‘s time the field was quite full. The audience was pretty much the same as the other days. The combination of metal music and eighties rock seems to go really well together. There were, however, quite a lot of kids in the front!


Last but not least: KISS. With their final tour, the heroes played a two-hour gig at Hellfest. The show was full of energy and there were very few breaks in between the songs. The crowd looked very happy during the show.

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KISS are an American rock band which formed in 1973. They are well known for their black-and-white makeup and their extreme outfits. They dropped the makeup and costumes in 1983, but they returned to it in 1996, after the original lineup re-formed. Over the years they have been through various lineup changes with the original members reuniting at various times either to perform together or to receive awards. The hard rock and heavy metal band released an astonishing 24 studio albums. Their last album Monster came out in 2012. Having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all time. In 2014 they were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hellfest 2019

Hellfest is a hard rock and metal festival in France. It is one of the best and largest metal festivals in Europe. The festival was organized for the first time in 2006 and takes place annually in Clisson. Every year more than 50,000 visitors attend the festival, which is often sold out. This year, KISS and Tool headline the Main Stage, while Slipknot organised their own Knotfest on the day before the festival. Manowar were also scheduled, but they canceled last-minute. Sabaton took over with a very special headline show on Friday night.

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Eva Wendt
Hi, I'm Eva, 19 years old and I want to work in the music/festival industry. I dont know yet what exactly, because there are many things I like about it. I used to organize my own festival for 6 years and studied IEMES (International Event Music & Entertrainment Studies). I quit this after around 8 months to start working at IFFR (Internional Film Festival Rotterdam). This February I started to write for Festileaks to gain experience in this as well!