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Hellfest is a big annual 3-day metal festival held in Clisson, France. At first the event was called Furyfest and the 1st edition took place indoor in Clisson in 2002. There were just 400 tickets and they all were sold out. The organizers were deep in the hardcore scene, that’s why the first Furyfest was based on the skinhead, hardcore and punk performers, for example AGNOSTIC FRONT. Sold out is sold out and the this sudden success made the festival grow bigger next year. The second Furyfest took place in Nantes (the festival’s date conflicted with some other local event in Clisson) and had such acts like SICK OF IT ALL, YOUTH OF TODAY, GOJIRA, ENTOMBED and THE EXPLOITED. That was already a 2-day event and about 7.000 festival-goers made it an instant hit. The Furyfest 2004 took place in Le Mans, because it happened to be the only place to accept such a festival. The line-up had some major names such as SLIPKNOT, MORBID ANGEL, MESSHUGAH, FEAR FACTORY, SOULFLY, HATEBREED, DEICIDE, and TESTAMENT. 2005 saw the Furyfest progressing up to the height unseen before: there were already 3 stages instead of 2 and the festival was headlined by SLAYER, MOTORHEAD, JELLO BIAFFRA WITH THE MELVINS, ANTHRAX, DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, PENNYWISE, THE MISFITS and some others. 30.000 people attended the event, but unfortunately on this point the festival came to the end because of big financial problems.

In 2006 the Hellfest was born on the Furyfest’s ruins, it was again a 3-day festival (attendance: 22.000), this time headlined by MOTORHEAD, APOCALYPTICA, DEAD KENNEDYS, SOULFLY, STONESOUR, HELLOWEEN, SAXON and CRADLE OF FILTH. The next year saw SLAYER, MEGADETH, NEUROSIS, EMPEROR, IMMORTAL, CYNIC, ATHEIST, MACHINE HEAD, DREAM THEATER and TYPE O NEGATIVE shaking the ground of Clisson before 40,000 people! In 2009 Hellfest got finally fully stabilized and proved to be one of the biggest and best rock festivals in Europe presenting probably the best international line-up of the year headlined by EUROPE, MOTLEY CRUE, MANOWAR and MARYLIN MANSON! The audience grew up to 60.000 and it was treated by 4 stages with the new Rock Hard stage under a big tent and also the Electric Circus tent with wrestling, striptease and others animations.

Hellfest 2010 was really immortalized by a new attendance record (70,000, sold out!) and a very strong and even unique line-up with KISS, DEFTONES, ALICE COOPER, SLAYER and TWISTED SISTER! KISS is the most exacting band of this Universe and they chose Hellfest, what it is if not a big success?! The speed wasn’t reduced in 2011 with OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE, JUDAS PRIEST and SCORPIONS as the headliners.

Hellfest was always a target for the religious and political groups who wanted to stop it once and for ever. Some of them stated a festival with such a name can only attract the Devil worshippers. Luckily all those charges were dropped without consequences.

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