Hellfest 2022 follows on from 2019's event, which saw the likes of Kiss, Def Leppard and ZZ Top top the bill of the annual French celebration of all things metal. It was during the 2019 outing that ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons revealed to eonmusic that he had been working with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, in a story that went viral worldwide, and was reported by Rolling Stone, Kerrang!, Loudwire, and many more.
With 2020 and 2021's Hellfest cancelled due to the global pandemic, organisers have pulled together a bill that is simply jaw dropping in its scale and scope. With fans starved of live music for the best part of a year and a half, Hellfest is pulling out all the stops to make Clisson the destination for music in Europe next summer.
As well as the headliners, the bill features a whopping 350 bands, including a returning Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Danish heroes Volbeat, Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society, originators Deep Purple, nu metal heroes Korn, symphonic metallers Nightwish, and countless others.
Reunited pumpkins Helloween, who've just released the album of the year meanwhile, will be looking forward to returning, with singer Michael Kiske recently telling us; "Yeah, we can’t wait, and it’s going to be great. There will be some time passing by until we tour, so everybody will know the album. For a band in our situation, to do it like that is not such a bad thing, I think".
Further down, Aussie rockers Airbourne, Big Four members Megadeth - who spoke to eonmusic about the sad passing of Pantera's Vinnie Paul at Hellfest 2019 - Venice Beach skate punks Suicidal Tendencies, father of shock Alice Cooper, all prop up the bill.
The app, which can be downloaded here for Android, and here on IOS, will allow users to select their favourite groups, and be notified of their visit during the festival. Users will also find a site map, cashless and other practical information.