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IThey reside proper subsequent door, see the cranes working for lengthy weeks yearly, the followers dressed all in black arriving by the hundreds, then the decibels blaring for 4 days… with out ever having set foot there! The affront is now repaired: the youngest inhabitants of Clisson (Loire-Atlantique) and the encircling space now have their very own competition with the Hellfest Kids, the primary version of which was held this Wednesday, June 26, the day earlier than the opening of the excessive mass of steel (June 27 to 30).

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Everything was there to immerse them within the true ambiance of this unmissable occasion which, this yr, will have fun its seventeenth anniversary. Tattoo and make-up stands, listening to safety, merchandising, bathroom cubicles and in addition a bar to hydrate with sodas, fruit juices and ice lotions: every thing was there. And when it comes to refreshment, it was not luxurious contemplating the solar and the warmth! Even on this level, in the end, the apprentice metalheads have been served because the Hellfest (that of their mother and father and even their grandparents) typically takes place in suffocating warmth a number of kilometers from right here!

Headlining is Aldebert, whose newest album Helldebert – Childishness 666is an anthem to this musical motion on which a number of stars of the steel scene (System of Down, Mass Hysteria, Sepultura…) have added a guitar riff or their voice.

“It’s perfect for introducing children to this universe,” says François. Loyal to Hellfest, this 45-year-old father was significantly proud to take his son, Edgar (5 and a half years previous), in entrance of the massive stage arrange within the city of Gétigné, simply subsequent to Clisson. Same satisfaction for Catherine, who didn’t hesitate to accompany her two boys, the youngest of whom is simply 3 years previous. “It allows us to share our passion for rock without having drunk people all around,” smiles this 32-year-old mom who has already attended the competition.

Ensuring the general public's succession

More accustomed to listening to Jul, Vianney and even Soprano, the kids visibly appreciated the expertise, rounded off, as for adults, with a mini fireworks show! “It’s great,” says Théo, 7 years previous. I hope to go to Hellfest later once I'm older! » Seducing the festival-goers of tomorrow is maybe additionally what the Hellfest manufacturing goals to attain by means of this unprecedented operation, confronted with an growing old of its viewers as revealed by an unlimited survey carried out by a health care provider in anthropology. , Corentin Charbonnier. The latter, on the daybreak of the 2023 version, had thus drawn up the everyday portrait of the spectator in our columns: “The average is quite old, 39 and a half years old, and half of the public is a senior executive, which has a lot changed compared to twenty years ago. »

For this Hellfest Kids, an educational kit to explain what metal is and three invitations were given to each of the 800 CP students from schools (public and private) in the surrounding area, who could come with a friend ( e) and an accompanying adult. Among them, the 21 CPs from the Saint-Joseph establishment, in Saint-Hilaire de Clisson. “It’s a very good initiative, it allows them to discover, I even put up a poster at the school,” assures the director, Claire Michels. Tomorrow (this Thursday), they are going to positively discuss it once more within the playground or with their trainer! »

And in a number of years, some will undoubtedly go, in flip, below the good cathedral, the gateway to the (actual) Hellfest!