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Anciients & Black Wizard w/ The Grudge

Anciients & Black Wizard w/ The Grudge

Main Act: Anciients & Black Wizard
Date: 12th March 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: The Grudge
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are pleased to announce that we're hosting two of Canada's best. Anciients and Black Wizard, both forged in the fertile Vancouver metal scene, will be hitting up The Black Heart on Monday March 12th. They'll also be joined by The Grudge.

Formed in 2011 after the disbanding of Spead Eagle (an early band of guitarist Kenny Cook and bassist Aaron "Boon" Gustafson), Anciients sharply came to prominence with their progressive take on metal, bringing to mind a dose of early Baroness. Their 2013 debut LP, Heart of Oak and follow up, 2016's Voice of the Void showcase a band who keep  momentum throughout regardless of how widely they cast their hooks.

Fellow Vancouverites, Black Wizard, play a style rooted in heavy metal, with stoner, doom and punk influences creeping into the mix. Releasing their self titled debut LP in 2010, it's immediately noticeable that, despite clear influences from the slower edges of sound, Black Wizard play fast. With two stellar follow ups, Young Wisdom and New Waste respectively, and their 4th LP, February's Livin' Oblivion, out just in time for the show, Black Wizard are sure to show why Vancouver has one of the most exciting metal scenes today.

Also on the bill are stoner metalers The Grudge, bring a heavy stomp to start out the night. Their latest EP, 2016s  The Effect of Transylvania, showcases the wall of bouncy hooks London's own will be hitting The Black Heart with. So for a metal Monday, book your tickets today.

The Triple Headed Horror Show - Steak & Elephant Tree & Ten Foot Wizard

The Triple Headed Horror Show - Steak & Elephant Tree & Ten Foot Wizard

Main Acts: Steak & Elephant Tree & Ten Foot Wizard
Date: 13th April 2018
Advance Tickets: £10
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene are pleased to announce that The Triple Headed Horror Show is taking over The Underworld on Friday the 13th of April. Co-headlining the show are three of the UK underground’s best in the shape of Steak, Elephant Tree and Ten Foot Wizard. What better way to start the weekend?

Delivering as advertised with meaty riffs in abundance, Steak are pure stoner rock worship. Built around pounding fuzzy hooks and raw, gravel-shredding vocals, the band absorb the influence of the desert and produce liquid gold. Debuting in full length with 2015’s Slab City, an album which bleeds sand, Steak showcased their unmistakable take on the genre with precision. Adding yet more instant classics to their repertoire with last year’s No God To Save, Steak are a treat live.

Sharply rising in reputation among doomheads, Elephant Tree are one of the most exciting bands in all of heavy right now. A band unafraid to push outwards, their bold opening statement, Theia, with it’s sitar breakdowns cutting through the crawl paced debut, was engineered to grab your attention. It was 2016’s self titled, though, where Elephant Tree truly found their voice as a unit. Despite the focus on the low and the slow, Elephant Tree is a surprisingly fluid and smooth album, oozing with a strutting blues infused soul. Moving on from an album easily in contendership as one of the favourites from the year, Elephant Tree’s future is mouth watering. Make sure you catch them this April.

If ever there were a party band in the stoner rock scene, it’s Ten Foot Wizard. Part of Manchester’s thriving heavy music explosion, TFW have been a stable part of any good lineup in the North-West and beyond since 2009. Both their full lengths, 2013’s Return to the Infinite and Sleeping Volcanoes from 2015 evidence the band’s live sound which has the groove of stoner moving everything along, yet is grounded in the classic rock and metal style. Upbeat as all hell and bouncy as anything, Ten Foot Wizard couldn’t be more perfect for a Friday night if; plus, any band with a track titled ‘Covered in Tits’, you know they’ll bring the good times.

Three top bands for only a tenner, the spooktacular event takes place on Friday the 13th April so it would be bad luck to miss it. It’s also the perfect warm up for the chaos to come at the following month’s Desertfest. The Triple Headed Horror Show will be one of only a few London gigs for each band in 2018, so don’t miss your chance to catch all three in action at The Underworld. Book your tickets today.

Desertfest London 2018

Desertfest London 2018

Date: Friday 4th May - Sunday 6th May
Advance Price: £110 for a 3 day ticket
Venue: Various across Camden
City: London
Doors: Friday 4th May (time TBA)

The day you’ve all been waiting for with bated breath has arrived. Those all important day splits have been announced and we've put our individual day tickets on sale, meaning you can finally start planning your Desertfest weekend. As ever, we’ve tried our best to avoid as many clashes as possible, but with a lineup as strong as this year’s, we could only avoid so many (though we did make sure those Weedeater sets didn’t overlap).

Friday sees KOKO back in the Desertfest fold and, as the largest venue of the day, it plays host to our retro rocking headliners Graveyard, making their long awaited UK return. Speaking of returns, they’ll be supported at KOKO by doom royalty The Obsessed, with the punk infused Zeke and Greece’s Planet of Zeus joining them. The Old Empire stage invades The Electric Ballroom with their brutal assault headlined by crust punk progenators Napalm Death, who are joined by sludge survivors Eyehategod, doom game-changers Warning and more, followed by a late night set from ASG. The Black Heart gets experimental with The Quietus stage, bringing the psych freakout inducing White Hills, the heavy and atmospheric Ghold, the positively insane Snapped Ankles and others. Also appearing across the day are the atmospheric Jex Thoth and the utterly psychedelic Radio Moscow at The Underworld, reefer riffers Dopelord and the thunderous Tuskar at The Dev and even more across the day.

Saturday gets even heavier at The Electric Ballroom as they welcome stoner metal heroes High on Fire, whose headline set celebrates their 20 Sunless Years. They have appropriately gargantuan support at the Ballroom in the form of North Carolinan sludge machines Weedeater, Japan’s doom legends Church of Misery, extreme metalers Akercocke and the crushing sludge of Sourvein. The Nightshift Promotions stage returns to The Dev, inviting the melodic Darkher, post-metalers Telepathy and more to the Desertfest party. Elsewhere on the Saturday, Steak Number Eight bring another slab of post-metal and Black Rainbows bring the heavy psych to the The Underworld, while grungy stoner rockers Miss Lava and the fuzzed up The Watchers hit up The Black Heart.

Sunday brings another huge lineup to The Roundhouse, with stoner psych heroes Monster Magnet closing off the weekend with their headline set. Not only that, but one of psych rock’s most important bands, Hawkwind, will be co-headlining our tripped out Sunday. Also appearing at The Roundhouse are returning stoner rock kings Nebula, the best band in recent years Elder and Sweden’s Monolord. The Human_Disease_Promo / When Planets Collide stage takes over The Underworld, with a special early years set from Weedeater, the caustic Denver trio Primitive Man and more, followed by a late night set by Death Alley. Elsewhere across Desertfest’s closing day, the warm psych of King Buffalo and stoner rock supergroup Kind play The Black Heart, with France’s The Necromancers and Brighton’s heavy trio Solleme at The Dev.

With the days well and truly split, and the lineup all in place, day tickets are now on sale (linked below). Priced at £40 for Friday or Saturday, and £45 for Sunday, your day ticket will grant you access to all venues for the day it is valid. So if you can’t make the full weekend this year, be sure not to miss out on the heaviest lineup of the year. And if you can make the whole show, be sure to snap up your weekend ticket while you still have a chance.

Desertfest Berlin 2018

Desertfest Berlin 2018

Date: Friday 4th May - Sunday 6th May
Advance Price: €102 for a 3 day ticket
Venue: Arena Berlin
City: Berlin
Doors: Friday 4th May (time TBA)

Desertfest aims to get bigger and better every year, and for our 7th edition it's no different. This year, we have three huge headliners making their long awaited first appearances at Desertfest Berlin 2018!

New Jersey's finest rock exports, Monster Magnet, are set to steamroll through Arena Berlin as headliners of Desertfest. The bona fide stoner psych living legends are approaching three decades of bringing the world acid freakouts and riff rock anthems; freakouts and anthems which, it's no understatement to say, helped shape the stoner rock scene. 

From their boundary breaking psych in early releases to the hard rock stomp through the noughties and their recent return to early influences, Monster Magnet have a knack for putting out iconic albums, before doing it all better live. We were always going to have Monster Magnet play eventually and 2018 is the year it happens. We can't wait to be part of the biggest singalong in Desertfest history when Powertrip hits.

Joining them are High on Fire, who celebrate 20 Sunless Years as they headline Desertfest 2018. Formed in the Sleepless nights of the late 90s, High On Fire delivered a breakneck, foot-down, exhaust-blazing approach to primitive piledriving like no-one had ever attempted before.

Led by Matt Pike, High on fire have developed over the years into arguably one of the most comfortable, complete and devastatingly powerful trios that heavy music has ever seen, right in the prime of their career, and with a back catalogue that doesn't offer even the slightest hint of filler from any angle. This May, you'll be able to experience them for yourself at Deserfest.

If any band can claim responsibility for the surge of retro-infused, blues-stuffed rock n roll seeping through the underground over the past decade, it has to be Graveyard; which is why we’re beyond proud to announce that they’ll be headlining Desertfest 2018!

Immediately rising to the top of Europe’s, fuzz drenched scene thanks to their immaculate self-titled debut, Graveyard found a straight-down-the-middle rock foundation to build from and then pushed outwards. Following up with the mesmerising Hisingen Blues and Lights Out - albums which layered in the psych and dared to strip back riffs - as well as their last release Innocence & Decadence, Graveyard have revitalised hard rock. So be sure to catch them as they headline Desertfest 2018.

Joining them are the recently resurrected early stoner kings, Nebula, who return from an eight year hiatus in 2018. Steered by the riffs of Eddie Glass, Nebula tore through the turn of the millennium thanks to releases such as To The Center and Charged; must own LPs for anybody reading these words. 

If that wasn't enough, we have dozens more of the finest stoner, doom and sludge bands including Eyehategod, Weedeater, Elder, Church of Misery and many, many more. It's going to be another huge weekend in Berlin, so be sure not to miss out on Germany's premier underground festival; Buy your tickets to Desertfest 2018 today.

LINEUP SO FAR
MONSTER MAGNET - HIGH ON FIRE - GRAVEYARD

NEBULA - EYEHATEGOD - WEEDEATER - ELDER - CHURCH OF MISERY - JEX THOTH - THE BLACK WIZARDS - PLANET OF ZEUS - DEATH ALLEY - DOPELORD - YURI GAGARIN - CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL - MONOLORD - FREEDOM HAWK - THE NECROMANCERS - MAIDA VALE - VONAVIBE

The Obsessed w/Sigiriya & The Grudge

The Obsessed w/Sigiriya & The Grudge

Main Act: The Obsessed
Date: 6th May 2018
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Exchange
City: Bristol
Support: Sigiriya & The Grudge
Doors: 7PM

Desertscene in association with Old Empire are proud to announce that we'll be bringing the bill of doom legends, The Obsessed, along with Sigiriya and The Grudge to The Exchange in Bristol on Sunday 6th May.

Wino and Co exceeded the lofty expectations placed on them with their comeback album Sacred, so we couldn't help but have them over, not only for this year's Desertfest, but also for a show at The Exchange, Bristol!

Right up there with the fathers of US doom, such as Pentagram and St Vitus, The Obsessed shouldn’t need too much of an introduction here. Frontman, Wino, is the embodiment of the rock survivor, having been through all the highs and lows that this world can inflict. The Obsessed holds an eminent place in his history as its roots can be traced all the way back to 1976 with Wino’s first band, Warhorse, which became The Obsessed soon after.

Reid Raley (Ex- Rwake) is currently providing the low frequency rumblings and Brian Costantino (Spirit Caravan) is thumping the tubs, and by the time May rolls around the gang will be honed to perfection after their late 2017 run of US shows, including a killer bill along with Clutch and Devin Townsend.

Also on the bill are a pair of the UK's finest stoner metalers. First up, Swansea's Sigiriya whose chunky riffs, as seen on 2014s fantastic Darkness Died Today will cause tremors across Bristol. They'll be joined by The Grudge who bring a heavy stomp to start out the night. Their latest EP, 2016s  The Effect of Transylvania, showcases the wall of bouncy hooks  they will be hitting The Exchange with. So for a stoned Sunday in Bristol, book your tickets today.