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Hellfest 2015: Day Two

Live Review

Venue: Hellfest, Val de Moine Sporting Complex, Clisson, France

Everything that happened on the second day of Hellfest!

After spending way too long listening to French ska bands at some falafel stand, it's time for rock 'n' roll! And Airbourne [10] deliver. The comparisons to AC/DC are blinding, but they never claimed to be innovators, instead raising the flag with the motto: 'As long as you're alive and we're alive, rock 'n' roll will never die.' So hard is their rock, the sound system miserably packs in, leaving frontman Joel O'Keeffe to bash beer cans on his head and keep the crowd entertained. They play Chewin' The Fat amp-free and the punters are loving it; when everything kicks back in, a cheer erupts from the mosh pit and O'Keeffe doesn't even need to climb any scaffolding. This is rock 'n' roll: just keep going, no matter what shite gets flung your way.

Finntroll [7] are a laugh and their little troll ears open up the world of blackened folk metal to a throng of curious festival goers. Slash & Myles Kennedy [8] serve up Night Train, Paradise City and Sweet Child O' Mine over at Main Stage 01; it's basically a Guns N' Roses show without Axl Rose. So it's better than a Guns N' Roses show...

Killing Joke [8] cast a morbid swathe over Clisson but the crowd is frustratingly thin. Turns out everyone's gone to see Body Count [6]; while Ice-T's merry marauders have packed the Warzone stage to bursting point, Killing Joke's choppy post-punk sermons are delivered only to the devout. Which is a shame, but at least ZZ Top's [8] bashful blues hook in a decent crowd. Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill put Hellfest's collective facial hair to shame and bash out the good 'uns like Sharp Dressed Man, Legs and Gimme All Your Lovin' while they're at it.

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