Hellfest 2023 / Porcupine Tree Played Their Brave Soundscapes

Hellfest 2023 – Saturday – Porcupine Tree. Some bands are made for festivals, with an easy set of feel-good anthems and sing-alongs to keep the crowd moving for an hour or so. It takes a very brave band to work in multi-part progressive soundscapes at eight minutes a piece.

Porcupine Tree - Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Porcupine Tree – Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

Porcupine Tree is just such a brave band. With their spiralling melodies and hypnotic riffs, Steven Wilson and company take to the main stage of Hellfest to play something genuinely different.

Porcupine Tree - Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Porcupine Tree – Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

Mixing new songs like Harridan along with seldom played gems like Open Car (for the first time since 2010), Porcupine Tree approach this festival slot as they do all things – in their own inimitable fashion.

Porcupine Tree - Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Porcupine Tree – Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson. Photo: Georgia Brittain/MetalTalk

“This one is about the state of rock music in the 21st century,” deadpans Steven Wilson as the band goes into The Sound Of Muzak

They end with Chimera’s Wreck into Trains and surely leave with some new fans in tow.

Porcupine Tree - Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.

While not a typical festival set, it was a thoroughly enjoyable Porcupine Tree show, and one thinks that’s the way the band prefer it.

Porcupine Tree - Hellfest Festival 2023, Clisson.
Porcupine Tree – 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 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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