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Mothership w/Poseidon

Mothership w/Poseidon

Main Acts: Mothership
Date: Saturday 1st July
Advance Tickets: £10
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: Poseidon

Desertscene are proud to announce that Texan riffers Mothership are returning to London on July 1st at The Black Heart. 

After a barnstorming set at last years Desertfest in support of fellow statesmen Wo Fat, the Dallas based trio were high on our list of bands to invite back. Clearly influenced by everything 70s without ever dwelling too much in the past, Mothership rock hard when they riff and drift out when they psych, seamlessly wielding the two extremes. 

Mothership are part of a growing renaissance in Texan underground rock, alongside the likes of Wo Fat, The Sword, Switchblade Jesus and others. With their third album, High Strangeness, slated for release in March 2017, we for one can't wait to see where the band's sound has gone.

Supporting them are London's own Poseidon, who also converted many to their cause at last year's Desertfest. One of the sharpest takes on doom in recent memory, Poseidon travel at crushing, leaden pace. Get down early for Poseidon and you won't regret it.

Book your tickets today for one of the heaviest nights of the summer.

Acid King

Acid King

Main Act: Acid King
Date: 27th July 2017
Advance Tickets: £15
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: TBA

Desertscene are pleased to announce Acid King will be returning to London, playing The Black Heart on the July 27th!

With over two decades of road-hardened experience in the scene, it's no exaggeration to state that Acid King helped shape a wave of doom in the nineties and noughties. Formed in 1993 and named after Ricky Kasso - a notorious figure nicknamed "The Acid King" - the San Francisco collective quickly got to work recording their iconic debut EP, 1994s self titled. Driven by a painstakingly slow pace and and the iconic vocals of frontwoman and guitarist Lori S, Acid King fast became one of the hot tickets on a burgeoning American doom scene, especially after the release of their first full length Zoroaster in 95.

The band continued at a fairly frantic pace until 2005's Acid King III, by which point Acid King were already demi-gods of the stoner rock movement. A ten year absence on record followed, only to be broken by Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere, a record which doubled down on the previously present tinges of psychedelia and found itself on many a year end list, fighting for the top spot with Elder's Lore. Few albums are worth as long a wait as the one they produced.

One of the heaviest doom bands out there today, Acid King will slay The Black Heart in July alongside their yet to be announced supports. For a night of low down slowed down doom, Book your tickets today.

Elder w/King Buffalo & Sedulus

Elder w/King Buffalo & Sedulus

Photograph: Falk-Hagen Bernshausen

Main Act: Elder
Date: Wednesday 9th August
Advance Tickets: £15
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: King Buffalo & Sedulus

Desertscene are ecstatic to announce that Massachusetts heavy psych trio Elder will be over at The Underworld, Camden on August 9th.

As reigning kings of the stoner rock scene, Elder are a band who have grown not just in their reputation but also their sound. Their self titled debut album saw the band showcase an impressive array of straight-up stoner riffs gaining them early acclaim. After evolving into something more based in heavy psych with 2011's Dead Roots Stirring, the band reemerged in 2015 with the masterful Lore, which injected a dose of prog into the band's sound. As a result, Elder's live shows are stuffed with the best aspects from all corners of the stoner scene. 

Riding high on an incredible 2015, which saw the band get top spot in both the editors and readers album of the year polls over at The Obelisk with the staggering Lore, Elder capitalised with stunning live performances, including their triumphant slots at 2016s Desertfests in London and Berlin and last year's huge UK tour with Cough. With a new album set to be ready in June, just in time for the show, we can only wait excitedly to see where Elder will take us next. The only thing for sure is, it's going to riff hard.

They will be joined at the show by Rochester, New York's psychedelic breakthrough band King Buffalo. Catching the attention of all yard sticks of the stoner rock scene, - including JJ of The Obelisk, who could not praise them enough on the Desertscene Podcast - King Buffalo's 2016 release, Orion, is one hell of a confident debut album, making no second guesses in its assured stride. Opening the show are London's own Sedulus, who released their first full length The Sleepers Awaken last year.

Sure to be one of the most tripped out shows of the year, don't miss your chance to catch psych masters at The Underworld on August 9th. Book your tickets today.

Monkey3

Monkey3

Main Act: Monkey3
Date: Sunday 24th September
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: Borderline
City: London
Support: TBA

Desertscene are proud to announce Monkey3 will be hitting up Borderline on September 24th.

Founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2001, Monkey3 found their stride quickly with 2003's self titled debut. Establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in Europe's burgeoning heavy psych scene. 

The, at times hauntingly ethereal, tone of their instrumental odysseys shone through on their follow ups 39 Laps and Beyond the Black Sky cementing their name alongside other instrumental heavy psych acts, such as My Sleeping Karma. But it's 2013's The 5th Sun which saw the band truly find their mark; opening with the delicately balanced strains of 'Icarus' and ending on the journey that is 'Circles'. Their performance opening the mainstage at 2014's Desertfest London shortly after The 5th Sun's release only furthered their reputation in the scene. With last year's divergent Astrasymmetry taking Monkey3 into parts previously unknown, we can't wait to catch the band when they hit up The Borderline this September.

They'll be joined by yet to be confirmed support, but as with all Desertscene shows, you know it'll be another fine slice of the underground. If you don't want to miss out on a tripped out night, book your tickets today.

Ufomammut w/Usnea

Ufomammut w/Usnea

Photo: Andrea Tomas Prato

Date: Tuesday 3rd October
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Borderline
City: London
Doors: 6:30pm
Curfew: 11pm
Support: Usnea

Desertscene are happy to announce that Italian doom-psychers Ufomammut will be storming The Borderline this October.

Crafting mind-melting masterpieces since 1999, the three-piece of Poia, Urla and Vita have taken sludge in a refreshing direction of their own that they keep evolving with every new release. As much a bastard grandchild of Pink Floyd as a distant step-son of Sleep, Ufomammut don’t simply release albums as conduct complex compositions. Their first few gifts to the world, Godlike Snake and Snailking, are great introductions of course, but it’s the more recent master-classes, Eve – a five- part ode to the first woman on Earth – the complementary double releases of Oro, and 2015's Ecate that show the true genius of the band.

But their albums are only half the story as it's live where they dominate. Those who joined us at Desertfest 2015 will know just how crushing and tripped out Ufomammut are; their set leading into Sleep's Desertfest appearance is every bit as legendary as what came after.

They'll be joined by Portland, Oregon's Usnea, whose blackened doom takes the low and slow in a new direction. Check out 2014's excellent Random Cosmic Violence and we're sure you'll be down early to catch one of the most exciting bands in all of doom. For a crushingly heavy night, book your tickets now.

Desertfest Athens 2017

Desertfest Athens 2017

Date: Friday 6th October & Saturday 7th October
Advance Price: €50 for 2 day ticket (special early price)
Venue: Iera Odos
City: Athens, Greece
Doors: Friday (exact time TBA)

After taking London, Berlin and Antwerp by storm, last year, Desertfest landed in yet another European city crawling with lovers of stoner rock; Athens. And this year, it's back.

Spiritual sister to Desertfest Antwerp, which also takes place in October, Desertfest Athens is the latest addition to the Desertfest family. Last year, Desertfest Athens brought not only the finest stoner, doom, sludge and psych that has become the staple of Desertfest events across Europe, but also a new found warmth, as we edged ever closer to the equator to enjoy the famous Greek heat. This year should be no different.

The main acts announced so far include the first announced headliners, Graveyard, whose retro-ingrained bluesy rock is the perfect way to close out any day. With four stellar albums to their name, Graveyard have hooks for years and they'll be bringing them all to Athens this October.

If doom is what you're after, we've got it in spades. Firstly, Saint Vitus are hitting up Athens hot on the heels of a barnstorming set at this year's Desertfest London. Stalwarts of the scene through the seventies and beyond, their latest incarnation, which sees original front man Scott Reagers at the helmoffers up a side of Vitus many haven't caught live. For classic doom, you'd be hard pressed to find a finer example.

If you're looking for contemporary doom on the other hand, you can't get much better than Church of Misery. The absolute kings of Japan when it comes to heavy, Church of Misery have seen many changes over their 22 year run, but a few things are constant; Tatsu Mikami, heaps of bone-crunching riffs and a penchant for for serial killer imagery.

Joining them are the kings of European psych. Colour Haze. Colour Haze's two decade dominance of the stoner-psych scene has produced some of the finest albums ever recorded, including their self titled, and 2012s stunning double album She Said to name a few. Colour Haze will stun you with their trance inducing tones.

With many more on the bill including UK stoner metal champions Orange Goblin and the heavy psych tag team of Radio Moscow and Stoned Jesus, as well as a tonne of acts still to be confirmed, this is sure to be another great year in Athens. Don't miss out on another phenomenal leg of Desertfest. Book your tickets to the second edition of Desertfest Athens today.

CONFIRMED SO FAR

GRAVEYARD

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SAINT VITUS - CHURCH OF MISERY - COLOUR HAZE - ORANGE GOBLIN - RADIO MOSCOW - STONED JESUS - SADHUS - PUTA VOLCANO - ALLOCHIRIA - MAHAKALA

+ MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Desertfest Antwerp 2017

Desertfest Antwerp 2017

Date: Friday 13th October - Sunday 15th October
Advance Price: €95 for 3 day ticket (limited time offer)
Venue: TRIX
City: Antwerp, Belgium
Doors: Friday 13th October (time TBA)

Ever since we announced it would be joining our family a few years ago, Desertfest Antwerp has done us proud. Continuing the Desertfest tradition of showcasing the finest stoner, doom, sludge and psych on the planet, Desertfest Antwerp immediately hit its stride, hosting acts including Electric Wizard, Brant Bjork, Fu Manchu, Earth, Goat and Orange Goblin in its first few years. So it's no surprise that Desertfest is returning to Antwerp for a fourth consecutive year.

The main acts announced so far for this year's edition include first headliners, The Melvins. The most underground of underground bands, The Melvins have been tearing up the heavy music scene since 1983. Major innovators in both the sludge metal and grunge scenes - as well as countless others - The Melvins have embodied everything that is raw and heavy for over three decades. 

Joining them are Kadavar, whose blues-psych mastery makes them the most exciting bands on any lineup. Having played at various prior Desertfests - always to a packed house - including the debut edition of Antwerp, Kadavar always bring the kind of riffs that make them a must see act at this year's Desertfest Antwerp.

Also on the bill are US doom masters Windhand, who bring to mind peak era Electric Wizard with their slow, heavy and atmospheric style. Capturing attention in the scene with 2012's fantastic self-titled debut and redoubling their impact with 2015's game changing Grief's Infernal Flower, Windhand will bring bleakness to Belgium.

On the earlier side of the doom spectrum are Saint Vitus, hot on the heels of a barnstorming set at this year's Desertfest London. Stalwarts of the scene through the seventies and beyond, their latest incarnation, which sees original front man Scott Reagers at the helmoffers up a side of Vitus many haven't caught live. For classic doom, you'd be hard pressed to find a finer example.

With many more on the bill, including Radio Moscow's brand of garage psych, the neo-psych All Them Witches, the utterly crushing Church of Misery and a tonne of acts still to be confirmed, this year's line-up is gearing to be the best one yet for Desertfest Antwerp. Get ready for a weekend full of the greatest music our scene has to offer and some of the best chocolate on Earth. Book your tickets to Desertfest Antwerp today.

Check out Desertfest Antwerp's Website and Facebook.

CONFIRMED SO FAR

THE MELVINS
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KADAVAR - WINDHAND - SAINT VITUS - RADIO MOSCOW - ALL THEM WITCHES - CHURCH OF MISERY - STONED JESUS - MONOLORD - SPIDER GAWD - CONAN - CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL - WHITE MANNA - SATAN'S SATYRS - PART CHIMP - HEMELBESTORMER - HIDDEN TRAILS

+ MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Stoned Jesus w/Beastmaker

Stoned Jesus w/Beastmaker

Photo: Gaël Mathieu

Main Act: Stoned Jesus
Date: Friday 13th October
Advance Tickets: £17
Venue: The Underworld
City: Camden
Support: Beastmaker

Desertscene are proud to announce Stoned Jesus will be hitting up The Underworld on October 13th. Not only that, they'll be playing their seminal album Seven Thunders Roar in its entirety.

Founded in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2009, Stoned Jesus quickly asserted themselves as a force of progressive stoner psych. Their debut record, First Communionshowed the world how heavy fuzz sounds when filtered through a blistering chill rather than the desert heat. 

It's their second album, however, that made Stoned Jesus a household name of the stoner rock scene. Released only 5 years ago, Seven Thunders Roar has already become an iconic record; Sprawling out further into prog fuelled jams and bringing sharp new hooks, it's an album that deserves to be celebrated - which is why Stoned Jesus will be playing the album in full. Whilst some of the album's tracks, such as the incredible 'I'm the Mountain', are a staple part of any Stoned Jesus set, many of the tracks are seeing a rare live outing that you shouldn't miss.

They'll be joined by Californian doom heads Beastmaker, who made waves in the underground with their debut full length Lusus Naturae last year. Harking back to doom of old, without ever being too reliant on the familiar tropes, the band set themselves apart with their high octane energy.

If you don't want to miss out on two of the most exciting bands in the scene, book your tickets today.