KISS, Twisted Sister, Immortal and Godflesh are among the first acts confirmed for next year’s Hellfest in France.
The extreme metal fest, a smaller French version of Germany’s Wacken Open Air, has come under fire from religious and right-wing groups.
The media fuss is believed to have been the main reason key sponsor Coca-Cola pulled out. The Clisson festival hit back by claiming it can prove some papers supported those who complained about the nature of the event and decided to cut back on their coverage.
It says provincial daily Ouest France sent five reporters but didn’t print copy from any of them.
The other acts on the bill June 18-20 include Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Sepultura, Earth Crisis, The Devil’s Blood, Agnostic Front and Atheist.