Cape Town, South Africa: with Summer appearing on the horizon, Capetonian metallers begin to gear up for some of the good things in life at Hellington. Beer, camping and glorious Metal beneath the stars! Established last year, Hellington aims to create an annual tradition with its second event now taking root. The concert takes place at the same farm venue nearby the Boland town of Wellington. The date is set for Saturday 9 December, with guests encouraged to stay overnight.
Hellington, extending its national reach
In 2016, Hellington hosted mostly artists from within the immediate Cape Town and surrounds, with the exception of Theatre Runs Red which visited from Durban. The coming event boasts no less than five traveling acts, drawn from numerous cities. The guests for 2017 include: Behold The Silence from Jeffrey’s Bay; Insidious Reign from Johannesburg; Lesuth from Johannesburg; Monolith from Port Elizabeth, and; Surdus, also from Johannesburg.
“We really wanted to treat the cape town scene this year. South Africa has some amazing bands and after our tour we saw some great bands; we really wanted to share it with the locals”. ~ Wian Bester (guitar, Imperial Destruction/event coordinator, Hellington)
Additionally, home-town favourites to delight the crowds will include: Megalodon, recently returned from Germany, via Krank’d Up; event hosts, Imperial Destruction; relative newcomers to the scene, Abaddon and Return To Aether; old favourites with some new faces, The Warinsane, as well as some cross-genre appeal with Bottom Feeder and Poepholpilot.
“The line up is something fresh and diverse. And Megalodon are always a treat! Mixing up the hardcore and punk with thrash is sure to keep everyone happy”. ~ Wian Bester
Development of the festivities since 2016…
The first Hellington was a modest affair in terms of infrastructure and setup, although the Metal hordes complained little and seemed to enjoy the ‘rough and ready’ nature of it. However, this has not allowed the organizers to become complacent. Wian tells us with some enthusiasm about the inclusion of more toilets, and other essentials like water containers and even a small splash pool for cooling off. Also on the entertainment front some ideas are being given life:
“To keep things festive, we’ve decided to get a DJ desk for after-party Metal tunes. The death metal karaoke was a huge hit at ‘Geraasplaas’, so we will be doing that again with some givaways to the best and worst singers. Maybe we’ll add some ‘boere sport’ just to keep the ‘gees’ going”. ~ Wian Bester
Wian also assures us of a deepening relationship with the production company which he has been working with for a few years. Audiopimps will bring more lights and special effects to lend to the open-air character of the event.
“We ask the following from the attendees. Make sure to pack the essentials beforehand: pool toys; beer; braai meat; sunblock, and plenty of cash for merch. The farm doesn’t have ATMs and we also want as little traffic and people driving while partying as possible”. ~ Wian Bester
Moreover, some of that merch needs to be booked in advance! The promoter would like to print Hellington shirts, but can only do so if a minimum order is achieved. Interested persons are invited to contact Imperial Destruction directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hellington will provide wood for braai fires, and the owner of the property will be selling food. It sounds like hot and spicy is the order of the day with green curry and mexican. Further details and inquiries can be channeled via the official facebook event page.
Access will only be granted to pre-purchased ticket holders. True Believer members may also acquire access at the early-bird price with split payment options by contacting their liaison officer. Hellington is not open to the general public, with no gate sales allowed.