Hellfest is a French heavy metal festival, held annually in June. It is one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe and the first to exist in France.
It originated from another music festival, called Fury Fest, which was held from 2002 to 2005. Hellfest took over in 2006 and has seen a continuous rise in visitors over the years, from 22,000 at the first edition to 55,000 tickets sold per day in 2017.
Its programming is primarily focused on hard rock and metal on the two main stages, while each of the festival’s four other stages is dedicated to a particular style, like black metal, death metal, or hardcore punk. Over the years, Hellfest visitors have seen performances of groups such as Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Motörhead, KISS, and many more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the festival?
If you plan on visiting Hellfest by train, the French train operator SNCF provides all the information you need to get to Nantes at the best possible price. Once there, the regional trains to Clisson are frequent and saving you time on your journey to the festival. SNCF has special-priced tickets for return journeys to the festival from stations in the region by train or coach.
Coming by car, there are toll roads and highways, and we advise you to arrive well in advance to avoid long delays and traffic jams on the outskirts of Clisson. Upon arrival, please pay attention to the signs indicating which way to go to the car parks.
If you are from abroad and coming into France by plane, the closest airport would be in Nantes. With Air France you benefit from special fares through an alliance with Hellfest. Once you buy your festival pass, you will get a reduction code detailing the offer and the duration of the promotion.
Is there a festival campsite?
Yes, there is a free campsite outside the main festival area that is available for all ticket holders. The campsite will open at 4 pm on 21 June, but campers must first collect their bracelets in order to access the site and pitch their tents. Only festival goers with a three-day or Friday pass may enter the campsite on Thursday evening. Those with a Saturday pass can enter from 10 am Saturday morning and Sunday pass holders may enter the campsite on Sunday morning, 10 am.
If you would rather not camp, you can best find a hotel or B&B in the nearby town of Clisson. Hellfest has a partnership with Appart City, the N°1 chain of aparthotels in France, so you can receive an exclusive promo code that gives you a discount of up to 5%. There are shuttle buses from Clisson to the festival site that run all day long and cost 2€ per person.
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