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Nexo headlines ninth Hellfest

The French metal festival’s famous twin stages were equipped with identical STM systems.

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.