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Ripplefest ft. Stubb, War Cloud, Psychlona & Trippy Wicked

Ripplefest ft. Stubb, War Cloud, Psychlona & Trippy Wicked

Featuring: Stubb, War Cloud, Psychlona, Trippy Wicked

Date: Saturday 21st September


Advance Tickets: £12

Venue: The Black Heart

City: Camden, London

Leading California label Ripple brings their take on heavy rock to London. Home to acts such as Mothership, Wo Fat and Freedom Hawk, Ripple brings four of their finest fuzzed-out riff acts to the Black Heart for Ripplefest this September. Ripple shared the following:

We at Ripple could not be more excited to be collaborating with our dear friends at Desertscene to bring you the first ever Ripplefest in London! It is our honour to bring you four of the most exciting bands from the Ripple roster for what promises to be a truly memorable evening. London has been a hub of rock and roll since its inception, and bringing our sound to one of the city’s most infamous clubs will be a major landmark for us. It has been a high priority of ours over the last year to expand our brand in Europe, and this is a thrilling next step.” 


The power trios of the late ’60s and early ’70s are the blueprint for Stubb’s loud, hard-driving, fuzzed-up heavy blues rock. The band recorded their first full length album for UK label Superhot Records, and hit the road, gigging with such heavy rock luminaries as the Gentlemans Pistols, Firebird, Cherry Choke, Steak, Sungrazer and The Machine as well as appearing at Desertfest to a packed house. Making the trip over to Europe twice with Stone Axe from the USA further cemented Stubb’s reputation as a solid live act with some serious chops. Quickly, their debut album sold out and fans of heavy rock have been waiting eagerly for their sophomore effort. Now, Ripple Music is proud to deliver Cry of the Ocean, a blissed-out new album that will cement Stubb’s reputation in the hierarchy of heavy rock bands.


War Cloud is a young band but far from wide-eyed innocents. Their musical history drenched in molten riffs across the timeline of heavy metal, the name alone originates from a Wicked Lady song of the same title. With roots encompassing Tony's tenure in San Francisco's heavy thrash tinged Hell Fire, Carson's melding of hard rock rhythm and old-school groove on bass, and Joaquin pounding his drums as if possessed by the ghost of John Bonham himself. War Cloud has created a new flavour of heavy rock music for those enjoying past meals served up by the likes of Pentagram, UFO, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. September marks their first European tour! 


Hailing from the city of Bradford in Yorkshire Country, England, Psychlona coalesced quickly with laid-back soundscapes, fuzz-driven grooves, and weighty yet flowing riff power they mutually loved.  The ambitious and motivated foursome wasted no time writing and self-releasing their debut album while simultaneously organizing and hosting their own music festival, Idle Fest, all with the goal of taking their sound global. Psychlona floats easily between Boogie Van-era Fu and early Orange Goblin, stirred with the occasional spoonsful of Spirit Caravan to doom things out.  Of course, no matter how far they ride in any direction, Sky Valley is always just over the horizon... 


Formed in late 2014 on the island of Guernsey, Lord Vapour have endeavoured to produce huge riff fuelled music interlaced with groovy bass lines and pounding drums whilst also bringing through heavy elements of psychedelic rock along with subtle elements of funk, doom and 70s rock. Founded by Joe Le Long, Christiaan Mariess and Henry Fears, from the start the band had clearly found a niche that their small island home of Guernsey had never experienced before: A combination of groovy headbanging riffs and drawn out psychedelic jams, Lord Vapour has the appeal of rockers of yesterday, modern music goers and everyone in between. The bands ability to combine many different elements into individual songs and the power behind their catchy riffs has people hooked on their sound.


The headbanging continues downstairs post-riffs with DJs spinning until late!

Steak + Elephant Tree (co-headline) at The Underworld

Steak + Elephant Tree (co-headline) at The Underworld

Main Act: Steak + Elephant Tree
Support: Ten Foot Wizard
Date: Thursday 26th Sept 2019
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Doors: 7PM

The triple headed horror re-appears from the depths for its annual bacchanal of debuachery. A bone-shattering knees up for two of London's heaviest homegrown hounds, STEAK & ELEPHANT TREE will return to their spiritual home of The Underworld to make you wish you'd booked the next day off work before the first note strikes. With both bands set to release new albums in late 2019 revellers will be treated to a debut of new tracks, plus a selection of slow'n'low heavy riffs from Steak's boozy back catalogue and a hearty plateful of Elephant's Tree well established grooves that have firmly secured them as one of our finest exports. You could say this was a pre-album release party... but the truth is we all had so much fun last year we just decided to do it all over again. 

Both bands are establishing themselves as some of the most ferocious and captiviating live acts on the circuit, with STEAK's recent performance at the inagural Desertfest NYC hailed as "a mission statement of what the festival brand is all about, from top to bottom. It was right on and then some." (JJ Koczan, The Obelisk) ELEPHANT TREE also recently opened up the main stage at Desertfest London met with a roaring amount of admiration "Throwing out bouncing stoner grooves, fat and fuzzy bass soloing and wailing, climbing guitars, they grin their way through the whole set, clearly loving it just as much as the punters." (Jay Hampshire, The London Economic)

And what's a hell hound without it's third head? The evening will once again be opened up cosmic punk'n'roller party starters TEN FOOT WIZARD

Tickets are £12 in advance with the booze and riffs flowing well into the night at The Black Heart after the show!

Ufomammut + Monolord (co-headline)

Ufomammut + Monolord (co-headline)

Main Act: Ufomammut + Monolord
Date: Saturday 28th Sept 2019
Advance Tickets: £22.50
Venue: The Garage
City: London
Doors: 6PM

In this year 2019, Ufomammut is celebrating 20 years as a band.

The trio was formed in February of 1999 by Poia, Urlo and Vita in a small room in the middle of nowhere in Italy.

The idea was to survive the boredom of living in a little town while also having the intention of creating music to spread all around the globe.

After eight albums, plenty of tours, festivals and kilometers on the road, the band is ready to celebrate this important anniversary event with their marvellous and loyal fans with a special European tour this autumn. 

Ufomammut is a power trio formed  in Italy in 1999 by Poia, Urlo and Vita, a lineup that has remained stable since.
The trio have developed a sound characterised by lengthy songs centered on repeated heavy riffs coupled with droning vocals and the use of sound effects and synths.

Presented by Desertscene London & Old Empire

Fireball Ministry w/ Lo-Pan | London

Fireball Ministry w/ Lo-Pan | London

Sabbath soaked rhythms, Priest worshipping melodies, and no-nonsense Thin Lizzy mayhem collide in Fireball Ministry, a group that has humbly but confidently flown the flag for rock authenticity since the hard-partying year of 1999. The band, with living legend Scott Reeder (Kyuss/The Obsessed) on bass, return to London this September. Joined by Ohio groove-ladened good-timers Lo-Pan to bring a true rock'n'roll bacchanal to the capital, plus local stoners Oak will be opening up proceedings! Tickets are a mere £14 and available now! 🦅

From the beginning, Fireball Ministry has aggressively steered clear of pretension, desperation for validation, and all manner of poseurdom, throwing down analog-soaked, bottom-heavy tunes, and tipping a hat toward timeless hard rock, without ever descending into the depths of mere retread or throwaway novelty swill.

Truckfighters playing 'Gravity X' plus special guests

Truckfighters playing 'Gravity X' plus special guests

Main Act: Truckfighters
Date: 14th October
Advance Tickets: £15
Venue: The Garage
City: Islington, London
Support: Swan Valley Heights

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Truckfighters ... returns

You can't escape from what you are.
The answer could be as simple as that.

Almost two years off the grid the band returns with a world tour to celebrate their first album 'Gravity X'. Originally released 2005 in Europe (2006 USA) the genre classic turns 15 years in 2020. The band gives the celebration a jump start second half of 2019 with selected shows in North America and a big European tour. The rest of the world to follow in 2020-2021.



Main Act: Eyehategod
Date: 16th October
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Underworld
City: Camden, London
Support: Billyclub + more TBA

‘From the Elementary to the Penitentiary' - Eyehategod return to the United Kingdom’s grey shores to bring their tidal wave of iconically brutal sludge to anyone who may stand in their path. The undisputed King’s of the NOLA underground, EHG’s sound takes its throne as some of the cardinal virtues of not only misanthropic doom, but heavy music as a whole.
After a turbulent saga that would put most bands in the ground, Eyehategod’s resilience means they deliver, without fail, gut punching performances night after night - if you have yet to witness these veterans take to the stage do so now. And whether it’s your 1st EHG show or your 100th you already know they’re going to kick seven shades of shit out of you, musically speaking that is…
Eyehategod will be joined by UK punk heavy hitters Billyclub - in their own words it’s loud, fast, aggressive and straight to the point. Sounds good to us.

Nightstalker *UK EXCLUSIVE*

Nightstalker *UK EXCLUSIVE*

Artist: Nightstalker
Support: TBA
Venue: Nambucca, London
Price: £13 adv


Being one of the first acts of their genre with a debut EP, “SideFX”, released back in the middle of the grunge era in 1994, Nightstalker will be releasing their 8th studio album titled “Great Hallucinations” on October 4th, 2019, via Heavy Psych Sounds. This album will directly hit your rock soul. Eight blistering, new tracks which are showcasing the various side of Nightstalker’s sound, combining groovy parts with heaviness and catchy melodies. The guitars so heavy but spacey and psychedelic at the same time, a bass that is always groovy with intense punch. All together with the power and melody of Argy’s vocal skills are the secret of the band’s music. Raw rock n roll simplicity, stunning riffs and electric haze are what have kept the band going for more than 20 years.

Formed in Greece, in late 1989, by singer (and at the time drummer) Argy and made truly stable with the addition of bassist Andreas in 1992, Nightstalker managed to meld their heavy rock influences with funky rhythms and grungy melodies to create a whole new beast. With all these elements in place they released the first EP in 1994 entitled "SideFx." With the release of their first full length album "USE" in 1996, the band established themselves and their own trademark brand of dark heavy sounds. 2000 saw a slight shuffle in membership as well as a new EP, "The Ritual," which found Nightstalker treading further in to the realms of deepest, darkest Psychedelica. Line-up fully entrenched the ensuing pair of albums, 2004's "Just A Burn" and 2009's "Superfreak" garnered the band a new and loyal following across the world.

Waynestock ft. Big Business, Inter Arma + more

Waynestock ft. Big Business, Inter Arma + more


Main Act: Big Business + Inter Arma
Support: Crowhurst, Slomatics, Bismuth, Ghold + more
Date: Friday 1st November 2019
Advance Tickets: £20 early bird | £25 adv tier 1
Venue: The Dome + Boston Music Rooms
City: London
Doors: 5PM

"So Wayne, I hear you're putting on some kind of concert. That's good. People need to be entertained, they need the distraction. I wish to God that someone would be able to block out the voices in my head for five minutes, the voices that scream, over and over again: "Why do they come to me to die? Why do they come to me to die?"
Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? Yes that's right - Big Business & INTER ARMA plus CrowhurstSlomaticsBismuth and GHOLD this November at The Dome & Boston Music Rooms in London. Plus a bunch more bands, DJs and a plethora of truly excellent business still to be announced. Very limited £20 early birds available now from the link below! 
Presented by the SBFC aka Old Empire & Desertscene London. #asphinctersayswhat

High Reeper plus guests

High Reeper plus guests

Artist: High Reeper
Support: TBA
Date: Saturday 9th Nov 2019
Venue: The Black Heart, London
Price: £10 adv

Formed in 2016, High Reeper is made up of Zach Thomas, Justin Di Pinto, Andrew Price, Pat Daly and Shane Trimble. Originally started as just a studio band, it rapidly became apparent that these songs were meant to be heard live and loud. The band made their debut in the Philly/DE stoner rock scene in early 2017 with success which was followed up by the recording of their self-titled debut in May. With a sound deeply rooted in modern stoner rock while still giving a nod to the earliest Sabbath records, High Reeper's first offering is driven by pounding rhythms, thick guitars and soaring, screeching vocals. For their second record, the addition of Di Pinto on drums helped focus their sound in an even more powerful direction. The result is a new record with riffs that are even heavier than before that explore new directions, including the ballad “Apocalypse Hymn”. After shattering Desertfest London to pieces this May, we are thrilled to have the band return to The Black Heart in Camden once more!

Gozu | UK Exclusive

Gozu | UK Exclusive

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Main Act: Gozu
Support: TBA
Date: Monday 11th November 2019
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Lounge, Camden
City: London
Doors: 7PM

High octane good times is the daily recipe GOZU cook up to near perfection. The Boston based trio's sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers, it’s the kind of music that pulls up alongside you while you’re walking down the street minding your own business, demands that you “get in the goddamn car,” proceeds to drive 90 mph down the wrong side of the highway, and then drops you off miles from home at some abandoned rest stop. GOZU will play a very special one-off performance at The Lounge Promotion: Nightclub Kolis in Camden this November. Tickets are on sale now but we predict they'll be out quick so get to it!