Hellfest 2023 / Coheed and Cambria Set the Tone

Hellfest Festival 2023 – Thursday. Where Metal reigns supreme, the gates of hell open wide in Clisson to unleash the three-day onslaught of pure auditory fury. What better way to start, than with Coheed And Cambria?

Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Coheed And Cambria – Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

We headed to Main Stage 01 to catch some of Coheed And Cambria. I was taken aback by how loud this festival is. I could hear them before getting there! The backdrop with Neverender hung behind them, and we could see Claudio’s face under all his beautiful locks.

Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Coheed And Cambria – Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

Joshua was dripping with sweat on drums but with so much enthusiasm on his face. Camera phones were up everywhere, and crowd surfers started with The Liars Club.

As the set went on, Claudio showed off his skills with quick finger movements. A big mash-up followed towards the end. Everything was so creative. We saw shredding on a double-head guitar behind his head.

Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Coheed And Cambria – Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

Finishing nostalgically as expected with fan favourite Welcome Home, Coheed And Cambria perfectly captured the mood. This was fitting for Hellfest as so many fans return each year to their Metal Home.

Generation Sex

Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Generation Sex- Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Kahmel Farahani/MetalTalk

Generation Sex were fantastic. A rough and ready riot of a good time with Sex Pistols deep cuts like Silly Thing and Black Leather alongside Generation X classics like Dancing With Myself.

Generation Sex finished an all too brief set with the infamously riotous punk rock reworking of Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Merch – Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Kahmel Farahani/MetalTalk

Elsewhere, this year there is a new merch store. Store? It is a massive new merch building for Hellfest.

Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

Take Part: Are you at Hellfest this year? Who are you looking forward to see? Want to get in touch and tell us how it’s going? Email MetalTalk Editor Steve Ritchie to tell us how it’s going for you. Hellfest@MetalTalk.net.

Hellfest Festival 2023

MetalTalk Hellfest 2023 coverage can be found at https://www.metaltalk.net/tag/hellfest-2023

This year’s MetalTalk team is:

Jade Colvin

Kahmel Farahani

Photography: 

Georgia Brittain

For Hellfest 2022, visit https://www.metaltalk.net/tag/hellfest-2022

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