Festival Report – Hard Rock Hell NWOBHM 16

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) was a musical phenomenon that swept the UK during the late 70s and early 80s in several waves. Often associated with groups like Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard, it did, in fact, encompass a far greater range of bands that came from a variety of styles influenced by hard rock, punk, heavy metal, occult rock and even prog. More importantly, it brought together melody, speed and heaviness at a level that many did not think achievable at the time. Although only a few of these groups would go onto mainstream success, … Continue reading

MÖRKASTE SMÅLAND

You’d think that the straightest line between two points would be a line that goes from A to B but no, not when you have to drive from Helsingborg on the west coast to the dark deep forests that is Småland aznd Hultsfed. No no no, you have to meander up and down, this way and that way to come to Hultsfred and MÖRKASTE SMÅLAND. A place mostly known for its summer festival but as the summer festival is but a faded memory there is a new kid in town. A celebration of everything black and death. On its third … Continue reading

Festival Review – Hellfest 2016!

Man, this French festival just gets better year after year! Now onto my 7th trip here and with the likes of Black Sabbath, Rammstein, Megadeth and Twisted Sister headlining a 180,000 record breaking long weekend, not even the torrential rain could put off this mecca of metal events, and beyond that, what has become a rite of passage for many French youths. The growing infrastructure of the festival site (including a new statue of Lemmy and an absolutely insane zip wire over the main stage areas) as well as the general joie de vivre has not just seen greater numbers … Continue reading

Festival Review – Hellfest 2015!

If last year’s Hellfest proved to France (and indeed the world) that Ben Barbaud and his crew could no longer be ignored and sidelined, then this year’s festival saw the businesses, administration and general public welcome it with warm embrace, prompting Barbaud to reflect that ‘…the Hellfest is a human journey..’.

Festival Review – Hellfest 2014!

After the folly of last year’s ill announced main acts, Ben Barbaud and his Hellfest crew not only regained lost ground by securing each and every one of them, but actually grew the festival to be acknowledged as now the 2nd most important cultural event in France – even Kronenburg sent 3 extra tankers of beer when they realised Hellfest drank more than one of their own sponsored events! Despite being on the same site as last year, the festival grounds had been wisely re-arranged to accommodate the anticipated crowd growth along with some dramatic artistic structures and even a neon big … Continue reading

Festival Review – Hellfest 2013!

Over the last few years France’s Hellfest has grown from strength to strength to become one of Europe’s largest and most diverse festivals. Determined to exceed last year’s record of 112,000 attendees the organisers sought once again to assemble a line-up that would prove its worth and without a doubt they succeeded – where else could you see Def Leppard, Danzig and The Buzzcocks playing the same field except in the tiny village of Clisson?! Continue reading

Festival Review – HELLFEST 2012!

You gotta hand it to the people at Hellfest, no festival has grown faster in recent years and it’s easy to see why given their diverse but amazing line-ups. With an average of 20,000 attendees increasing exponentially every year, 2012 proved to be the year then this French festival would pull out all the stops to reach their record of 112,000!! In order to accommodate the growing masses – which have seen this festival almost become a rite of passage for French youth – the arena was shifted onto the site of last year’s camp grounds. It was certainly more … Continue reading