One of the biggest heavy metal music festivals in the world, Hellfest recently wrapped its 16th edition in Clisson, France where KISS launched the festival with Claypaky Xtylos and an array of Claypaky fixtures played key roles for other bands.
The four-day festival featured 180 bands performing on six stages in the concert area plus additional outdoor stages. KISS, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, and Slipknot headlined as more than 150,000 extreme music fans attended performances, camped out, and explored the full Hellfest 2023 experience.
France-based B Live Group has been Hellfest’s technical partner from the start of the festival providing lighting for both of the main stages and the Warzone. This year, they chose Claypaky Sharpy X Frames to illuminate Main Stage 2, which hosted the biggest international bands, and Arolla Profile MPs and Sharpys for the Warzone, the stage dedicated to punk bands.
Getting the festival off to an electric start, Lighting Designer Sean “Motley” Hackett selected Claypaky Xtylos for the two-hour KISS show. The compact beams, equipped with a RGB laser source, were placed on the floor of Main Stage 1 where they gave the show a futuristic dynamic thanks to the fixtures’ extremely fast Pan-Tilt movements.
A spectacular set design and a fireworks display ended the KISS concert on a high note. The legendary band is continuing its “End of the Road” farewell tour, on which they also deploy Xtylos fixtures.
At B Live Group, Cyrille Dupont is the Project Manager and Designer, and Sébastien Sacco the Network Manager. Dimatec is Claypaky’s lighting distributor in France.