For the second year, French rental company Melpomen brought the Nexo STM modular line array to the peaceful town of Clisson, near Nantes, for France’s largest metal festival – Hellfest.
Hellfest 2014 – which took place on 20–22 June and was headlined by Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Status Quo, Aerosmith and Soundgarden – saw both of the festival’s famous twin stages, Main Stage 1 and Main Stage 2, equipped with identical STM systems. Each had a dedicated L/R main hang of 15 STM M46 main modules and 15 STM B112 bass modules per side, and 60 S118 subs were ground-stacked in groups in a cardioid configuration. This totalled 60 sets of STM – 180 cabinets in all
Also on stage were Nexo GEO T sidefills and GEO S12 frontfills, and a large number of 45°N-12 line monitors.
In “sweltering 30-degree heat,” Melpomen’s team was led by crew chief David Prevost, with Cedric Bernard and Christophe Rousseau supervising FOH on Main Stage 1 and Samuel Biraies and Wilfrid Hubert on Main Stage 2.