The (international) music festivals are coming! First up: France’s Hellfest

Don’t you just love summer? Bars open up their patios, the weather is wonderful and, perhaps most excitingly, music festivals are in full force. We’ll of course be covering everything from NXNE to Vans Warped Tour, Osheaga and Heavy MTL, but I thought we’d kick off this pre-season with a spotlight on an international festival – HELLFEST.

With a record of 72,000 people attending the festival in 2010, Hellfest has multiplied it’s turnout by 4 in the last 5 years. The originality of the festival’s artistic project has allowed it to reach an international recognition. Born through the passion of its young founders, it’s by maintaining its distinctiveness and independence that Hellfest has become the finest French event dedicated to extreme musics.

Taking place in Clisson, France on June 17-19, it really is hard to imagine anything better – stellar location and killer bands. Performers include: Iggy and The Stooges, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Rob Zombie. I mean, reallywhere do I sign up for my plane ticket over?

For all the details on Hellfest: http://www.hellfest.fr/