See the Beautiful Hell That Was Hellfest 2016

France's iconic metal festival turned 11 and we witnessed the glory that is Sabbath, Refused, Turnstile, and more—plus a massive new statue of our hero, Lemmy.
July 7, 2016, 3:16pm

All pictures by Julio Ificada.

What do you need to know about Hellfest, exactly? It's big, it's beautiful, it's loud, it's crazy, it's huge, it's in France, it attracts people from all over the world, it's usually sold out in less than ten days, and it's quite simply the best metal festival in the world. And this years' 11th edition was just as big, beautiful, loud, crazy, huge, French, and sold-out as the ten previous ones, featuring the inauguration of a 46-feet Lemmy Kilmister statue (as seen above) and a bill so amazing it was almost absurd. Julio Ificada, photographer for Noisey France, sent us a truckload of pictures from the only place in the whole world where you could possibly see Foreigner, Taake, and Refused in the exact same place—in less than 72 hours.

VISION OF DISORDER TURBONEGRO MELVINS KVELERTAK FOREIGNER SIXX A.M. DISCHARGE MUNICIPAL WASTE PUSCIFER SICK OF IT ALL JANE'S ADDICTION CONVERGE TURNSTILE

REFUSED POWER TRIP TAAKE NAPALM DEATH MGLA

WALLS OF JERICHO BAD RELIGION STRIFE GHOST GUTTERDÄMMERUNG feat. HENRY ROLLINS BLACK SABBATH