Desertfest London 2015
Camden Town, London UK
24th – 26th April, 2015
Desertfest, commonly known as the greatest stoner/doom festival around, takes over London for a whole weekend each year. And as 2015 was no exception, Desertfest once more rolled into London’s Camden Town and Metal-Rules.com UK team were there to report it all. Well… at least most of what we can remember from it, as Desertfest is also known as one of the most fun weekends of the year. And you all surely know what we mean by ‘fun’.
Pints were had, bands were seen, music was heard, friends were made, good times were had and memories were lost. What more for a good time!?
When Red Fang, Eyehategod and Sleep were announced as headliners of Desertfest 2015, it was clear that it’s going to be a weekend not to miss. And it’s not just the headliners that make Desertfest the greatest doom / stoner party around. It’s all the people who continue showing up year after year and support the scene. And it’s also the festival organisers who put in hours and days of hard work to make it all happen and gather acts, like Acid King, Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punks, Orange Goblin, Angel Witch, Ufomammut and many more under the same bill.
Scattered around some of Camden’s most iconic venues, like KOKO, Electric Ballroom, The Underworld and more, Desertfest sure is one hell of a party to take over the usually tourist-packed area and bring together hundreds of like-minded people for some good times and better music. And here’s how it was for us…
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Tags: ACID KING, Amulet, Atomic Bitchwax, Black Pyramid, Brant Bjork, Desertfest, EYEHATEGOD, Gonga, Hang the Bastard, Messenger, Orange Goblin, Red Fang, Sleep, UFOMAMMUT
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Hellfest Festival 2013
@ Clisson, France
21st– 23rd June 2013
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe
It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.
Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.
Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.
Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.
Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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Tags: Accept, Anti-Flag, AT THE GATES, Bad Religion, Black Spider, Coal Chamber, CRADLE OF FILTH, Danko Jones, Danzig, DEF LEPPARD, Down, Europe, Finntroll, GHOST, gojira, Hellfest Festival 2013, Helloween, Hellyeah, Kiss, Korn, Kreator, LORDI, MORBID ANGEL, My Dying Bride, NEWSTED, NOFX, P.O.D, papa roach, Prong, Red Fang, Saxon, Sick Of It All, Skindred, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, Stonesour, Testament, Twisted Sister, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, VEKTOR, VoiVod, VOLBEAT, Whitesnake, WINTERSUN, ZZ Top
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