Taste the fury at Hellfest!

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As France's biggest metal festival, every year Hellfest brings together big names within a good-natured party atmosphere. We introduce this three-day event that shakes up the pretty town of Clisson, in figures.

160,000 spectators

booked tickets for the 2016 event. By way of comparison, this number was only 400 for the very first staging of Fury Fest, Hellfest's predecessor held in Clisson in 2002! The event then moved to Rezé and Mans before returning to this rather Tuscan-influenced town.

70 nationalities

of festival-goers are represented at each edition. Participants travel from around the world and make up a quarter of full contingent! Although the majority are English, German and Italian, there are also ambassadors from Israel, Russia and even Chile!

9 years old

the age of the youngest festival-goers. At the other end of the scale, some seventy-year-olds also attend!

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groups programmed for 2016, including Gojira, Rammstein, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Mass Hysteria, Slayer and Korn: all the loudest names in metal have graced the Hellfest stage.

267,000

litres of beer poured on-site in 2016, and 14,730 litres of Muscadet!

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metres – the height of the stage built for the 2016 event in tribute to Lemmy Kilmister, emblematic frontman of the band Motörhead who died the previous winter.

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stages in total, which each year are surrounded by incredible installations that combine futurist and apocalyptic influences, such as oversized entry gates, a ferris wheel, giant bars, pyrotechnics and a temporary cathedral.

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articulated lorries were required, in 2016, to transport the equipment needed for German group Rammstein's set. During the event, the two main stages were linked together with the aim of creating the biggest one in Europe.

3,000

volunteers worked to ensure the festival ran smoothly.

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