Jul 08

Charlotte Wessels & Timo Somers of Delain talked Hellfest & Moonbathers



Hellfest was a great experience that changes your view of what a real metal festival is, not only the environment, the people, and all the art that the Hellfest organization has put into the Clisson Hellfest grounds, there is the lineup and the artist you get to see. This year we were pleased to see Delain once again after their amazing shows at 70000 Tons of Metal and the show we saw in Tucson last March while they were supporting Nightwish on their US tour. Ok, to begin with seeing Delain at Hellfest was seeing a completely different band in the sense that they got a much bigger stage and it seems their live show just seems immense in comparison to what they played to the American audiences when they tour the states.

Let’s start with the stage props and how huge they are for the European festival season, not only that but the sound and the mood of the band gets amplified by a 100%. We saw a more active and running free Charlotte Wessels going from left to right of the stage as there is a lot of space for band members to roam around the stage. More room means more head banging which is exactly what Otto Schimmelpenninck (bass), Timo Somers (Guitar), and Merel Bechtold (guitar) did during their set at Hellfest.

In terms of the set times, 30 minutes is not a lot of time to enjoy many of the great songs that Delain has on their repertory, but they did a great job playing songs like Suckerpunch, Get the Devil Out of Me, Army of Dolls, Mother Machine, We Are the Others, Don’t Let Go and Pristine. It was a great show and for sure the biggest stage I have ever seen them play so far, which was really impressive and made me wish we could have festivals like Hellfest here in America.

After their set, we had a few minutes with Charlotte & Timo to talk about the band’s show at Hellfest, the Pledge Music Campaign they are currently running and their upcoming album Moonbathers.

Pictures: Delain live at Hellfest Open Air 2016

Delain at HF-52

Delain Festival Dates 2016:


08.07.16 DE – Geiselwind, Out & Loud
16.07.16 DE – Balingen, Bang Your Head Festival
28.07.16 SI – Tolmin, Metaldays
13.08.16 ES – Villena, Leyendas del Rock

Delain European Tour 2016
with Special Guest EVERGREY and support KOBRA AND THE LOTUS:

14.10.2016 DE – Köln, Essigfabrik
15.10.2016 DE – Stuttgart, Im Wizemann
16.10.2016 DE – Hamburg, Gruenspan
17.10.2016 DK – Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
19.10.2016 DE – Berlin, Columbia-Theater
20.10.2016 PL – Cracov, Kwadrat
21.10.2016 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
22.10.2016 CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Club
25.10.2016 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
27.10.2016 AT – Vienna, Szene
28.10.2016 DE – Munich, Backstage
29.10.2016 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
30.10.2016 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
31.10.2016 FR – Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
02.11.2016 ES – Madrid, Arena
03.11.2016 FR – Toulouse, Metronum
04.11.2016 FR – Paris, Elysee Montmartre
05.11.2016 FR – Lille, Le Splendid
06.11.2016 BE – Antwerp, Trix

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