Category: Damnation festival

Words: Tim Finch and Matt D

Photos: Tim Finch Photography

Another rotation of the Earth around the Sun has occurred meaning it’s time to return to the land of Leeds for this year’s gathering of the Damnation Festival hitting it’s 15th year with it’s biggest headliner since the mighty Bolt Thrower in Opeth… and after grabbing a couple of great sausage rolls from the pasty/pizza etc cafe inside the Reflectory we begin by heading to the Eyesore Merch stage…

Brummie doom
merchants Alunah kick the festival off in style. Their take on the genre
differs to the norm, it’s vibrant and engrossing allowing the vocal abilities
of Sian to add layers of depth to the bands already rich sound. The half hour
opening set, featuring material from new album Violet Hour, is a masterclass in
doom and the fans who came in early to catch it lapped it up.

With it being fifteen
years of the acclaimed Damnation festival it was only right to bring back one
of the bands that were there at the very beginning back at Jilly’s Rockworld –
in fact they were the main stage headliners! Raging Speedhorn are the opener
this time but that doesn’t stop them from essentially coming very close to
being the show stealers right off the bat – Dan Cook joining as second vocalist
since the last time they were here has fitted right in since finding his feet
at their Stoke headline show prior to Bloodstock earlier this year and the
relentless party vibes give us our first crowd surfers and wall of death of the
day starting it off strong and it always feels good to hear The Hate Song and
Fuck The Voodooman back to back.

The Cult Never Dies
stage is in the ‘Mine’ room in the bowels of Leeds University. The small room
is packed to full as Dawn Ray’d come on. The politically inspired black metal
trio use their music to great effect enthralling the fans with the combination of drums, guitar and violin. They provide a unique take on the genre and are
proving incredibly popular. We expect big things from these lads and on the
basis of this set they are delivering to expectations.

As Dark Horse Of The
Wind hits the Jagermeister stage’s PA it can only mean that Primordial make
their return to the Damnation world but whereas in the past it felt like they
could win band of the day there’s something that feels weird about it – while
it’s good to hear The Gathering Wilderness among the set it comes after the
beginning of the tech gremlins start to hit the stage – a deal that would
continue later on with Mayhem – during Nail Their Tongues causing a loss of
momentum that never quite fully picks up again so on this occasion what
normally is great just feels… there. Hopefully as well we have some new material
when they return next.

Nine years after their
last appearance at Damnation – in a room that for those annoyed by how packed
the Cult Never Dies stage got at points this year , think of a
room that is slightly smaller than that – Alcest bring their
ethereal goodness to the Reflectory in a performance that while not touching
anything off Shelter – their brilliant shoegaze record – is the emotional
experience that has become the gold standard with Autre temps being a
particular highlight as eyes suddenly caught a bit of dust around the room…

To say The Vintage
Caravan were the surprise of the day would be to do the band an injustice. It
was fully expected that they would blow the bloody doors off the place, and
that’s exactly what they did. The Icelandic trio melded their trade mark hard
rock licks, with a hint of stoner rock to produce a cacophony of awesomeness.
Mixing humour in between songs with outright energetic showmanship they were
the shot in the arm the festival needed as the evening started to draw in.
Their upbeat extravaganza won over many a new fan, and if it wasn’t for Raging
Speedhorn they would be band of the day!

Thankfully we’re able
to catch Venom Prison as the Tone MGMT stage becomes packed for a set that
shows how far they’ve come since their mid-afternoon set three years ago with
them touring with bands such as Trivium in that time and to celebrate not only
do they give an absolutely powerful set including a wonderful speech by Larissa
condemning those that want to show hate to others – they also bring out Jo
Quail to open the set to add another layer of greatness to proceedings and
close the main programme on that stage in style.

Festival Headliners
Opeth were quite the booking coup for Gavin and his team. You could argue they
are too a little big for the festival and the main room was certainly full as
they took to the stage. Their set a cut down version of the one they are
touring Europe with at the moment, cutting three songs from the set list to
focus on older numbers the festival crowd are likely more familiar with.

However, they opened
with new track ‘Svekets Prins’ a progressive masterpiece somewhat different
from their original material. But that does not put off the fans as they enjoy
every minute of this set. For an hour and a half they regale us long past the
midnight hour and keep the 3000 fans fully engrossed in their world. Opeth are
possibly the biggest band the festival will be able to book without upgrading
to a larger venue but the 2019 edition headliners showed that both they and the
festival have what it takes to take this music scene by storm! 

It’s once again the time of year
where many will congregate to Leeds University Student Union for a day of metal
and avantgarde – here are our picks for 2019’s event!

Matt D’s picks

Opeth

The biggest headliner in
Damnation’s history – it’s great to finally see Mr Akerfeldt and his merry men
bring their great back catalogue of prog and metal to the festivities and with
a top 20 album in In Cauda Venenum to boot it’s going to be an excellent way to
end the festival – but of course there’s the afterparty…

Gost

For the first time ever in the
history of the festival we have an act as part of the afterparty madness and
with an act whose last album was described as a cross between French dance maniacs
Justice – a band themselves that sampled Metallica, Goblin and Ministry after
all in their songs/live shows – and the mighty Anaal Nathrakh  it fits perfectly that gets the party started
in fine fashion.

Imperial Triumphant

Headlining the Cult Never Dies
stage this year are an act that personally had one of my favourite albums of
last year – Vile Luxury with its lovingly crafted mix of doom with jazz and
with a set that will be a mix of that record, a small amount of earlier PLUS a
brand new song it’s time for more to realise why it made the list…

Godeater

Opening the Tone Mgmt stage this
year are the highly touted Scottish tech metal group whose debut album All
Flesh is Grass is a strong contender for my AOTY 2019 list, a pretty damn good
way to kick off the festival.

Dawn Ray’d

Another great way to kick off the
festival this year is the Cult Never dies stage openers – a band whose
willingness to get their message across is inspiring in a world that is trying
to stop it, I’d advise to get to the Mine area quite early as this set is going
to be one to watch.

Tim’s picks

Alunah
Fresh off the back of their brand new album ‘Violet Hour’ Alunah are here to
meet your doom needs. Fuzzy doomy riffs with more than a heavy hint of Tony
Iommi’s influence are par for the course. Musically for any doom fans these are
the real deal. However its when you add the vocals that this group stand out.
Sian’s delivery is much different from any other in the genre, it gives a depth
to the bands sound, it drives them forward. In the live arena it’s almost
mesmerising. They open the Eyesore merch stage this year and really are worth
arriving early for!

Alcest
The French duo will arrive at Damnation Festival fresh off the back of a new
album release; ‘Spiritual Instinct’ is due out on the 25th of October via
Nuclear Blast. Whether you define the band as black metal, doom, shoegaze, or
anything else; there is one thing for sure – this band oozes quality. The
atmospherics created by their musical wizardry is sublime, its enough to make
the hairs on your neck stand on end. Their 19:00 slot on the main stage will be
a must see.

Raging Speedhorn
The Corby/Stoke sextet return to the festival after a few years absence and
they are back on the main stage. This year they take the coveted opening slot,
which traditionally goes to a stand out act ready give the festival the kick
start it needs. Last year it was Cancer, prior to that Pallbearer and then
Hark. A changing of the guards has happened recently with Dan Cook (RSJ) taking
over from John Laughlin on vocals. The line up played their first shows around
Bloodstcok earlier this year and without doubt destroyed the festival. I can’t
wait to see what they have in store for that special Damnation crowd!

Primordial
Who could forget the Primordial performance on the, then, Terrorizer stage at
Damnation festival a few years ago. That day Alan and clan put on one of the
best performances in festival history, still a standout to this day and yet to
be beaten. The band meld together elements of folk and black metal to forge a
unique sound that no other can come close to replicating. With an early evening
slot on the main stage in store we expect some fireworks, whilst hoping the
annual Damnation firedrill doesn’t take place during their set.

Venom Prison
It’s testament to just how Venom Prison have come in a short space of time when
your see their lofty slot on the Tone Mgmt stage this year. Just a few years
ago on the very same stage they were an unknown quantity with a lowly slot,
after extensive touring and the release of their second album they now warrant
the headline slot on the festivals second stage. For a long time touted as the
future of Death Metal, is it their time now? This headlining set should set out
their stall and could potentially lead to bigger and better things!

Liverpool-based black metal trio, DAWN RAY’D, have announced details of their new album, titled Behold Sedition Plainsong, as well as confirming a run of UK shows in support of the release. Behold Sedition Plainsong will be released on October 25 via Prosthetic Records.

Tour dates

23 October – The Black Heart – London
24 October  – Venue TBC – Sheffield
25 October  – Stuck On A Name – Nottingham
26 October  – Rough Trade – Nottingham  *Free In Store*
27 October  – The Pipeline – Brighton
31 October – Mother’s Ruin – Bristol
01 November – Henry’s Cellar Bar – Edinburgh
2 November – Damnation Festival – Leeds

Dates with False:
7 November – Alte Meierei, Kiel, DE
8 November – Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen, DE
9 November – Mörtelwerk, Leipzig, DE
10 November – TBA, Prague, CZ
11 November – Zukunft am Ostkreuz, Berlin, DE
12 November – Music City, Antwerp, BE
13 November – De Onderbroek, Nijmegen, NL
14 November – PMK, Innsbruck, AT
15 November – Venster 99, Vienna, AT
16 November – Aurora, Budapest, HU
17 November – AKC Attack, Zagreb, CR
18 November – Sub, Graz, AT
19 November – Kochareal, Zurich, CH
20 November – TBA, Clermond Ferrand, FR
21 November – Espace B, Paris, FR
22 November – Jugend Kultur Cafe, Troisdorf, DE

Alcest return to Damnation festival – playing the main stage alongside Opeth and Mayhem! Also joining 2019′s line up is Raging Speedhorn, A Pale Horse Named Death and Mork!

Alcest, who played the third stage of the festival back in 2010, said: “We are really excited to finally be back at Damnation. Last time we were there was almost 10 years ago when the band just started to play live and we kept an amazing memory from it. See you all there again!“

A Pale Horse Named Death added: “A Pale Horse Named Death are honoured and proud to have the opportunity to play the Damnation Festival. We are so excited to be sharing the stage with lots of great bands at one of the best UK festivals around today.”

And Raging Speedhorn, who have graced Damnation in three different venues dating back to the debut year in 2005, said: “We are excited to be playing what we consider one of the best UK festivals. Damnation is locked firmly in the heart of RSH’s history. Always the best lineup, a favourite amongst fans and bands and run by the nicest folk you could wish to know. We are honoured to be asked to perform once again.”

In case you missed the news earlier – Damnation festival has announced OPETH as their headliner for 2019 plus other additions such as Imperial Triumphant, Jo Quail and more: http://sonicshocks.tumblr.com/post/183379176428/damnation-festival-2019-first-announcement

Kiefer Sutherland announces new album and tour

Kiefer Sutherland has announced that his new album Reckless & Me will be released on April 26th via BMG along with three special dates in April:

APRIL

7th – Glasgow, Cottiers

8th – Manchester, Gorilla

9th – London, Moth Club

World Metal Congress reveals a special event on Syrian metal

The World Metal Congress is about to make history by adding to its line-up speakers from metal’s unlikeliest place on the planet: Syria. Syrian metal musician Jake Shuker, lead singer of celebrated Syrian metal band Maysaloon, will be coming all the way from Damascus to speak at WMC in London. This will be the first time since the start of the Syrian war that a Syrian metal musician based in Damascus is able to travel from Syria to take part in such an international event.

Jake will be joined at WMC by Monzer Darwish, another Syrian musician and director of the film Syrian Metal is War

Flow Festival announces more to their line up

Erykah Badu, James Blake, Big Thief, Stereolab, Khruangbin, IBE plus Astrid Swan, Owen Pallett and Stina Koistinen do a special one-off performance as part of the latest additions to Flow Festival which will be taking place in Helsinki during the weekend of 9-11th August 2019.

Dido announces tour

Dido has announced her 2019 Nov/Dec tour commencing at the Birmingham Arena, Thu 28 Nov. The announcement marks Dido’s first return to touring in 15 years. Tickets on sale Fri 08 MarchGigsandtours.com

November
Thu 28th                               Birmingham, Arena

December
Tue 3rd                             Manchester, Apollo
Wed 4th                                 Brighton Centre
Thu 5th                                   Ipswich, Regent Theatre
Sat 7th                                   Sheffield, City Hall
Sun 8th                                 London, Hammersmith Apollo       

Between The Buried and Me announce two special shows for October 2019

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have announced a European headline tour for Autumn 2019. Each show on the 19 date run will see the ground-breaking quintet perform two sets, in a special “Evening With” style celebration of their astonishing back catalogue and a career spanning almost two decades.

BTBAM will bring their “Evening With” set to the following UK venues this October:

09.10 Manchester, Academy 2
10.10 London, Electric Ballroom

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15th March at 9am 

THIS LIFE release new video

New single ‘My Love’ presents a very honest account of living with Borderline Personality Disorder, something that outspoken frontman and mental health advocate William Ellis has been learning to cope with for many years.

“This is a song all about the relationships I’ve sometimes gotten myself into out of a feeling of necessity to not be on my own,” explains Ellis of his experiences. “When you’ve got BPD and you’re in a relationship, you can switch from that other person being everything to you to an all-out hatred of them, and it’s a repeating cycle. The only way to break that cycle is to start loving yourself.

“The song’s also about how you can find yourself hiding away from close friends and family in these relationships. Everyone should know that the greatest love they should have in their life is with themselves. You won’t be able to share yourself with someone else until you have found what you’re looking for in yourself.”

Damnation Festival will be returning on the second of November 2019 – with their biggest headliner to date…

OPETH!!!

Joining them will be Birds In Row, Lord Dying, Jo Quail, Wheel, Alunah, Dawnray’d Godeater and making their UK debut – Imperial Triumphant!

Festival organiser Gavin McInally said: “You could argue Opeth are too big for an event like Damnation, and you’d probably be right – they headlined Wembley Arena after all. So it’s an incredible coup, and a genuine honour, to welcome a headliner of such stature to Damnation.



“Birds In Row, Lord Dying, Wheel and Imperial Triumphant are some of the best bands of their genres from across Europe and America and we’re delighted that they will be making their Damnation debuts alongside some of the finest homegrown acts; Jo Quail, Alunah, Dawn Ray’d and God Eater we have yet to have the pleasure of hosting.

“Not content to bathe in Opeth’s considerable shine, we have an array of huge names, including a band who could headline Damnation in their own right, still to announce and we fully expect a sell out before summer arrives.”

Tickets priced £49 are available from damnationfestival.co.uk/tickets

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Words: Matt D

With 2018′s event getting closer we catch up with Gavin McInally to talk about how the planning for 2018 has gone, Facebook madness and news regarding food at this year’s event…

So we’re less than a month away from this year’s damnation – how have you found preparing for this year’s event?

This year’s been an odd one, ultimately as I stand here today I’m delighted because ticket sales are fantastic, there’s a real chance we’re going to sell out again and we’ll be able to look back in hindsight and say it was an absolute cracking year and there was no hitches but in reality it was an absolute bastard of a year because what happened was we did last year and nothing could have gone better, everything just fell into place – other than the fire alarm going off in the venue – it was flawless; we had the bands we wanted, we had the exclusives we wanted, the fans came and enjoyed it, we sold out of merch. I just looked at 2018 and thought it’ll snowball from here, it’ll be easier – more bands available, the security that these bands are going to return again etc etc and then what happened is we couldn’t get our hands on any big name bands. Just bad luck on the timing – nothing to do with the festival itself.

Bands like Converge were no longer touring at that point, Opeth were going to be recording a new album, Immortal – it just seemed like every band we approached they weren’t able to do it, we thought we had Sleep at one point but that fell through. At one point we’re like OK, ticket sales are doing well, the line up is strong but you’re still selling 3,000 tickets and you need a name to hang it on, fortunately things started coming together when Napalm Death became available – at first it wasn’t we were looking at but then we thought let’s try this, Napalm Death’s a band no one’s going to complain about, everybody loves Napalm Death but are they going to sell 3,000 tickets? That was the gamble but to their credit so far with the rest of the line up that’s behind them it’s coming along nicely.

Going into the summer it was a bit tougher thinking that – why has this year been a struggle? It should have been a piece of cake – but looking at the sales and the line up now I’m chuffed!

I mean when the first announcement came out with Ihsahn as an UK exclusive and the Fukpig reunion – it was like Wow! This is how we start!

Exactly! It’d be the easiest thing in the world to just book 27 decent bands who are touring, there’s bands touring left and right and center we could pick up, the whole point of trying to get you to come from another country or from London or down from Scotland or over from Ireland is what are you getting from Damnation that you’re not getting anywhere else? It’s worth it because then they realise we’re not booking the biggest metal bands on the planet but we’re booking something that’ll mean a lot to a certain group of fans – for some people the Fukpig gig will be the best thing about Damnation, for some people it’ll be trying to catch Insanity Alert who are coming as an one off gig, Celeste are flying over from France for an one off, Ihsahn as well. Last I counted there were 10/11 exclusives along with the bands that are on tour or have played elsewhere, for me for £43 you’re getting your money’s worth and that’s why we aim to go for those bands and see what we can do, it’s not easy but it’s worth it.

You mentioned ticket sales and on Facebook – and we’ll get to another thing about them in a bit – are we past the ‘safe to plan 2019’ stage on the Ticket tracker?

[laughs] Yes! That alone there’s a lot of truth to that Ticket tracker, I mean it’s got wee emojis on it, it was never meant to be taken as the business plan for Damnation festival but I mean  some folk have taken to it like that, but yes we are very safe to start planning for 2019, we’re pretty much at the breakeven point now so it’s all gravy from hereon in and we do our largest chunk of sales traditionally in the last six weeks is when you’ll do 50% of sales unlike say last year when you’ve already sold out by this point but it’s realistic we might sell out this year or if not be so close to it.

Now this year has been interesting when it comes to facebook and promoting because of a couple of names on the line up shall we say…

When it first came back from the bot saying there was profanity [Fukpig] we tried doing a poster with just Anaal Nathrakh on it and they came back and said that was profanity as well so we took it to the bot and said look we had our poster with Fukpig blurred out a bit and argued the case for Nathrakh that isn’t profanity and then we got a response back it was being banned because of NUDITY, at that point it started to become a farce, we argued again and were getting absolutely nowhere with it so we put out some tickets for competition hoping fans will spread the word for us – the last poster we put out to win tickets had a reach of 120,000 people, to pay for an advert to reach that many I dread to think how much that would cost so thank you to fans for supporting us.

It became tiresome – the last time we tried to promote the poster we were told there’s too much text, it should be a picture. I’ve managed to get it on a banner of Napalm Death, Entombed A.D. and Vader with a little snippet about Damnation. At the end of the day the algorithm seems to be when we took a few months off we started losing hundreds of likes, strangely enough when I started trying to pay them that stopped, it’s a headache but a necessary evil.

Now so far Tim and myself have picked our top five bands to catch at Damnation this year – now who would be your five to catch?

Celeste definitely – I don’t know how I’ve never seen that band, I’ve been to so many festivals and gigs and still not managed to see them so that’s my number one pick.

Batushka as well who I’ve oddly enough never seen either, that’s another one I think’s going to be great.

Let’s go with Fukpig for the same reason as Nathrakh and Napalm Death but it’s rare – anyone that was at Damnation 2010 and the second Deathfest knows that it is utter carnage in the best possible way, it’s a shame for anyone that has a hangover so early in the day!

Let’s throw some support for my fellow countrymen in Saor, that’s again one of those bands that have done big things in Europe playing festivals and big stages but not got the recognition they deserve in the UK so I thought it was time to promote some Scottish metal!

My final pick: you know who I really enjoyed at ArcTanGent? MOL. They were fantastic. That Cult Never Dies stage – Hundred Year Old Man, MOL, Bong, A Forest of Stars, Mourning Beloveth it’s just a strong fourth stage.

Speaking of Cult Never Dies this is their first year as a stage sponsor – what led to them being picked for the fourth stage?

The original email I think they asked about a stall, they dropped us a message on Facebook and I checked out their site and thought this is such a great fan, after the death of Terrorizer there hasn’t been a publication as interested, these guys really put their heart and soul into it, what they do they do very well and I thought not only is it a good match with the sponsors we already have, if they’ve got a stall with memorabilia or merch the others aren’t selling it adds a bit more to the festival as well, fans can get they might not otherwise see so if these guys are up for it, so am I!

Jagermeister have been around forever, Eyesore Merch for the last five or six years we have a great relationship with and the guys from Tone Mgmt who have now moved up to the second stage – they’re a company who want to see UK metal flourish and that sits well with what Damnation does. I’m very happy to see those brands on the back of the merchandise, lanyards, stage times – it’s not Monster Energy, it’s not Red Bull – each of the sponsors are doing something to promote metal and alternative music in the Uk so it’s great to have them involved with Damnation.

Recently there was the production meetings – as seen by the pictures with the posh tables…

The thing with the venue is firstly it’s amazing, it doesn’t matter how many times you go or how many different ways it’s set up, we’ve been there since 2008 and I still get lost! I can only imagine if it’s your first time at Damnation and you’ve had too many pints [laughs] trying to find the stages is an absolute nightmare and it doesn’t help when people keep stealing the signs on where to go! The venue over the last few years has had a lot of refurbishment – places have popped up, rooms have been created, what we do for backstage, what we do for press, production, the bands so you go down each year to get a feel and just make sure you don’t got a plan on paper that doesn’t work out in reality. The venue management are incredible, they’ve always been supportive of what Damnation does, they’ve nothing but good things to say about our fanbase – these guys deal with student nights week in, week out; people puking in corridors, people tripping up stairs – so Damnation’s like a peaceful day in the park for them so it’s good to see them again to dot the I’s and cross the t’s and make sure there’s no surprises.

The thought of Nathrakh in that reflectory room…

[Chuckles]

Here’s the thing about extreme metal in the UK right – people who like extreme metal in the UK are very vocal. Let’s take a band like say Skindred and a band like say Marduk, if you said to our fanbase which one? The Marduk fans would outnumber the Skindred fans 9:1 but if you ever put Skindred on at Damnation I could guarantee there would be three times the amount of people at Skindred! It’s an extreme imbalance between the reaction you get online to the reality of the people that actually buy the tickets and show up.

With that main stage I’ve always had a wee bit of fear with extreme metal because I’ve been stung before: when I put on Watain in Glasgow and lost money, two Deathfests didn’t make any money so I’ve always thought if you can get a big band say Carcass or a Bolt Thrower you’re laughing but otherwise I’ve always been a bit of you need to make sure there’s balance on that main stage – maybe get an Electric Wizard or My Dying Bride or Kreator or Dillinger Escape Plan to try and bring the fans in but this year I thought you know what let’s try it – if Napalm Death’s the band that are going to be headlining let’s just try it: let’s get Entombed A.D. on there, Nathrakh on there, Cancer on there and it runs in sync with the Tone Mgmt stage which is traditionally the extreme stage, what’s the worst that could happen? My fear is gone now because you see we can do it! I’m almost certain when Nathrakh play it’s going to be rammed! In 2010 we had them on the Mine stage, we’ve seen how they’ve played everywhere – I’ve seen them in tiny venues, I’ve seen them on big stages, I’ve seen them at Hellfest playing to 10,000 folk – they’ll be fine. They’ll sound great and look great. It’s amazing to have those bands on the bigger stage, we had a year – 2012 maybe, don’t get me wrong it was an fantastic year, the atmosphere wasn’t quite as highly charged as I think this year will be, with your My Dying Brides, Electric Wizards and Primordials you get your slow headbanging on, there’s not going to be as much chance this year!

Heads will be banged, circle pits will be done, maybe a Stamping Ground homage with a Wall of Death..

Fuck aye! As long as no one tries to jump off the balconies I’m fine.

Is there any news regarding the replacement for something that was much loved in Damnation circles – DeliKate?

There is no replacement you and I both know that – Delikate was a one off and the Damnation burger was a thing of great joy for many, there won’t be a van to replace DeliKate as such HOWEVER the venue have taken it on board…

There will be a full barbeque in the Terrace area and a pizza making place in the area – both of these places will do everything from pulled pork, burgers to vegan options and gluten free options – we attract a lot of vegans to Damnation so that’s a big concern – I’m also told all the stalls will be open so the pasty place, the salad box place, the Hot Wok place.  I’m looking forward to seeing how the barbeque goes – sounds delicious!

You mentioned earlier that plans have started for next year – is there concerns regarding flights and other things due to Brexit?

I’m so done with the whole Brexit thing –  to queue at airports, change mobile carriers or whether bands have to get visas to come in – I’m done, it’s going to be whatever it’s going to be. I invested a lot of time and energy when it was happening and afterwards, it’s my personal point of view and if  it comes down to it and we do get fucked over and bands from anywhere that isn’t the UK cost this extra amount to come then the reality is something’s going to need to change because I’m not going to run the festival at a loss. There’s no point worrying about next year or 2020 if I’ve got no idea what’s coming to fruition, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen and I’ll deal with it.

It IS a genuine concern for folk as well – if you’re a band, tour manger, promoter you think these things, we’ve already taken a hit over the last ten years for the pound against the Euro – it used to be a band would say we need 8,000 Euro to play and you’d be like ah five grand that’s not too bad as it’s 75 cents to the pound whereas now just because the pound is tanking it doesn’t mean they’ll play for any less, I can’t say to fans the pound is tanking and German bands don’t want to sing for free so can you pay £60 for tickets, every year’s got it’s own problems – bands that think they’re bigger than they are in the UK and say they got ten grand in Japan, last time you played the UK it was fifty tickets in a pub so don’t start!

Everyone’s going to try and use this to their advantage so when it happens I’ll give it some thought then.

Damnation Festival 2018 completes its line up with death, doom, progressive metal and more – topped by CANCER celebrating 30 years!

Cancer said: “We are are thrilled to be included on the bill at Damnation Festival, especially as it is our 30th year since our formation and will coincide with the release of our new album Shadow Gripped, to be released by Peaceville Records.  We will be debuting some new songs from the album as playing some of our old favourites.”

Also added are Monuments, Vola, Bong, Hundred Year Old Man and making their UK DEBUT – Lik.

With a day that includes EIGHTEEN debuts for Damnation and eight of the twenty seven bands being UK EXCLUSIVES such as Ihsahn, Batushka, Celeste and of course headlined by Napalm Death – make sure you don’t miss out:

Tickets, priced £43, are on sale now from damnationfestival.co.uk and facebook.com/damnationfestival

NAPALM DEATH, VADER and ENTOMBED AD have been added to Damnation Festival along with Leeched, OHHMS and A Forest Of Stars joining an amazing line up that includes:

Ihsahn, Anaal Nathrakh, Batushka, The Ocean, NeObliviscaris, Celeste, Rosetta, Ghost Bath, Mourning Beloveth, Saor, Fukpig, Arabrot, Caligula’s Horse, Mol and Insanity Alert with six more TBA.

Tickets, priced £43, are on sale now from damnationfestival.co.uk and facebook.com/damnationfestival  – NOT to be missed!

Damnation festival 2018 add Ne Obliviscaris, CELESTE and Mourning Beloveth as UK exclusives, also joining the line up will be Caligula’s Horse…