Photo - Julio Ificada French heavy metal festival Hellfest is a crazy, insular microcosm of a world. A world where blending in just requires an Immolation shirt, camouflage cargo shorts, and a baseball cap, preferably with a dismembered zombie on it. It's a world where all are welcome, though, including people who unashamedly dress up like trolls, people with arms the size of Big E. Langston's, nerds, and anyone with a propensity to strip naked for no reason.
But like most public spaces, there are also lots of children. Who are these children? We braved super protective parents, anti-noise headsets, and those clearly didn't care to find out more.
KENZO AND LORENZO, AGE 10 AND 7
Noisey: Your parents brought you to Hellfest, but are there any bands you're looking forward to?
Lorenzo: Dunno yet.
Kenzo: Yeah, me neither. I don't know.
What are your parents here to see?
Lorenzo: Hmm … The kind of bands that play Hellfest, I think.
OK. You like rock?
Lorenzo: Yeah, a little bit.
Kenzo: I like it a lot!
Well, what kind of music you listen to at home?
Kenzo: A bit of everything.
Lorenzo: Yeah, a little bit of everything.
But you have a favorite band anyway?
Lorenzo: Yes, mine's Eminem.
Kenzo: Nope, I don't have a preference.
EMILIA, 10 AND A HALF YEARS OLD
What bands are you excited for?
Emilia: Soulfly, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, a lot of bands!
Do you know your dad's favorite band?
I like Eluveitie well.
And you listen to metal outside of Hellfest?
All the time?
Not all the time, because I like other stuff, singers like Jena Lee, you know?
ERWAN 10 YEARS OLD
What groups did you come to see today?
Erwan: I don't know.
Ah. And you know your mom's favorite band?
OK. And you love metal?
Do you listen to it at home?
What are you listening at home?
I don't really like listening to music. I'd rather play Pokemon or Minecraft.
ROMAIN, 6 YEARS OLD
Is this the first time you've been to Hellfest?
Romain: Nope, this'll be my third!
Wow. Was there a particular band that stood out to you this weekend?
Yes, Soulfly because I went on stage.
What music do you prefer?
And what do you like the least?
BAPTISTE 8 YEARS & EMILIA, 5 YEARS
What bands did you come to see today?
Baptiste: There's a band I want to see, but I forgot what they're called.
Do you like metal?
Baptiste: Yeah, of course.
Is that what you listen to at home?
Baptiste: A little.
What else do you listen to apart from metal?
Baptiste: Queen. I love Queen
Do you like it here?
Baptiste: Yeah, it's cool. We had a lot of fun.
And your younger sister, did she have fun?
Emilia: When are we leaving?