Bloodstock Open Air and Hellfest have joined forces as two of Europe's biggest independent metal festivals to cross-promote in the U.K. and France.

The festivals are held weeks apart but both aim to attract more fans from across the water.

Hellfest is being held on June 22-24 in Clisson, France and boasts a huge lineup, including KORN, SLAYER, DREAM THEATER, MEGADETH, WITHIN TEMPTATION, BLIND GUARDIAN, EMPEROR, IMMORTAL and many more, while Bloodstock Open Air — which takes place August 16-18 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England —has its strongest lineup yet this year with IN FLAMES, LACUNA COIL, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, KORPIKLAANI, DREAM EVIL and more bands to be announced. The festivals will give out thousands of flyers that carry the details of both events, as well as utilizing their web sites for more coverage.

Bloodstock Open Air's weekend tickets are £56 until May 5 when they will rise to £61, while Hellfest tickets are available as packages through Argon Travel.

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A Bloodstock spokesperson commented: "We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Hellfest. We are both independent metal festivals and are looking to attract more European fans from across the water to our festivals. We feel it is better to work together to gain as much for the fans as we can."


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