ARTE Concerts captured the sights, sounds, and savagery of some of the best performances from the first weekend of the metal pilgrimage at Clisson.
As one of the most important gatherings of heavy culture, the absence of Hellfest has left a void in extreme music that only made it’s eventual return a true celebration. For the first time since 2019, the gates at Clisson, FR opened and welcomed the first weekend of performances stretching across multiple stages and encompassing more than 350 artists across two weekends.
Anchoring the first few days of the festival, eagerly-anticipated sets from Deftones, Megadeth, Ghost, Gojira, Korn, Judas Priest, Mastodon, Opeth, Five Finger Death Punch, Jinjer, Down and many more, thrilled fans that have been holding onto their tickets for literally, years – and speaking to the overall health of heavy music on a global level.
Teaming with ARTE Concerts, Hellfest offered fans across the world a chance to experience the energy on the grounds by streaming a selection of performances from the first few days. The pro-shot footage of full sets include a broad cross section of bands, spanning from punk legends like The Offspring and Dropkick Murphys to hardcore mainstays like Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front, as well as metal pillars like Down and Sepultura.
Also included in the offering of streaming performances are still ascending genre sensations like the recently revitalized Jinjer, who have been granted access to leave their native war-torn Ukraine to tour as ambassadors of the country. Also featured is dark synth practitioner Perturbator whose 2021 release Lustful Sacraments was one of the year’;s most entertaining, inventive releases.
With weekend two offering a whole new collection of performances, here is your chance to relive the pageantry and pummel of weekend one with some of the best showings.