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MaidaVale w/ Lo Chief

MaidaVale w/ Lo Chief

Main Act: MaidaVale
Date: 22nd March
Advance Tickets: £10
Venue: The Black Heart
City: Camden, London
Support: Lo Chief

Desertscene, in association with Sound of Liberation, are proud to announce that Swedish psych masters MaidaVale will be drifting into The Black Heart on Friday 22nd March as part of their Spring 2019 tour.

Formed in 2013 before making their first waves on the live scene in 2014, MaidaVale are yet more proof of Sweden’s domination of all things music. Reaching far out into the furthest edges of psychedelia whilst still retaining the catchiest of hooks, as first evidenced by their 2016 debut Tales of the Wicked West, MaidaVale’s divergent take on the psych scene is an affirming take on the genre. Complemented magnificently by the ethereal vocal stylings of Matilda Roth, their frenetic vibes really shine through on 2018’s Madness is Too Pure, which captures the band at their best and proves their spot is deserved in the upper echelons of the modern wave of all things tripped out.

With support still to be announced, it’s sure to be yet another showcase of the finest the underground has to offer when MaidaVale hit up The Black Heart on Friday 22nd March. Book your tickets today.

Belzebong + The Necromancers

Belzebong + The Necromancers

Main Acts: Belzebong
Date: 31st March
Advance Tickets: £13
Venue: The Lounge
City: Camden, London
Support: The Necromancers

Desertscene in association with Sound of Liberation are proud to announce the duo of heavy stoner metal merchants Belzebong and heavy occult rockers The Necromancers will be hitting up The Lounge on 31st March.

Poland’s leading export of heavy stoner metal grooves, Belzebong have been tearing up the scene since 2008. Comprised of four mysterious dudes (Sheepy, Alky, Cheesy and Hexy respectively, as well as Boogey Dude on visuals), their fuzzed out, instrumental heaviness cuts through all the BS leaving nought but riffs for days. Breaking through with their first two full lengths Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves and Greenferno - released 2011 and 2015 respectively - Belzebong have been a reliable source of distorted low end and weed worship throughout the 2010’s.

Their surprise third full-length, Light the Dankness, released in October last year, serves up more of the uncompromising style Belzebong have become known for; slow, meaty riffs with a tinge of that tried and tested tripped out psych, perfectly enjoyed with eyes a-closed and head a-banging.

Also on the bill are Poitiers, France’s The Necromancers whose heavy rock mixes in many a style from the loud canon; so long as it riffs, The Necromancers are down with it. Releasing a sharp one-two punch of full lengths in 2017 and 2018 - Servants Of The Salem Girl and Of Blood and Wine - the occult rock four-piece run the gamut of heavy rock, from plodding doom to wavering psych to experimental progressive, all the while covering all points in between. Tied together with the immediately striking vocals of Tom Cornière, The Necromancers have a sound of their own in an ever expansive scene and you won’t want to miss them.

Be sure not to miss out when two of the scene’s best pass through The Underworld on March 31st. Book your tickets today.

Saint Vitus w/Dopelord

Saint Vitus w/Dopelord

Main Act: Saint Vitus
Date: Saturday 20th April 2019
Advance Tickets: £18
Venue: The Underworld
City: Camden
Support: Dopelord

Desertscene are pleased to announce the mighty Saint Vitus will be returning to London in April 2019 to celebrate 40 years of riffs. And, to bring some riffs of their own, we’ve brought Dopelord along for the wild ride too.

Four decades since their formation, kings of the underground, Saint Vitus, are still going strong. Responsible for iconic records of the doom scene, such as their self-titled debut and Born Too Late, the L.A. based slow moving freight train of riffs can't be stopped - even after a decade long hiatus, the band couldn't be kept down. 

Prior to 2015, many of us thought we were born too late to see Saint Vitus on stage with their original vocalist Scott Reagers, but it was always too exciting a prospect not to happen again. Joined by fellow surviving member from the band's original line-up, Dave Chandler (guitar) as well as Pat Bruders (bass) and Henry Vasquez (drums), Saint Vitus are a rejuvenated band marching forward with purpose; as anyone who caught their slot at Desertfest 2017 can attest to.

One of the pillars of doom, Saint Vitus are a must see for any fan of low and slow heaviness. On top of the exceptional Vitus, we've bagged ourselves the perfect support in the form of Poland’s Dopelord, who have been flying the flag for the modern era of doom since 2010. Releasing three stellar full-lengths - Magick Rites, their follow up Black Arts, Riff Worship & Weed Cult and 2017's Children of the Haze respectively - Dopelord have consistently been one of the most exciting bands in the scene. Don't miss your chance to catch the masters at work when they hit up The Underworld on April 20th 2019. Book your tickets today.

Desertfest Pre-Party 2019 ft. Ghold + Supports

Desertfest Pre-Party 2019 ft. Ghold + Supports

Main Act: Ghold
Date: Thursday 2nd May
Advance Tickets: £10
Venue: The Black Heart
City: Camden, London
Support: Rainbow Grave, Primitive Knot & Bible

Desertscene, in association with Crypt of the Wizard are proud to announce the Desertfest Pre-Party 2019. Once again, we take over The Black Heart on Desertfest Eve, serving up a tasty starter to whet your appetite for the three day feast that follows. Featuring Ghold, Rainbow Grave, Primitive Knot and Bible, before we continue the party into the early morning, if previous years are anything to go by, it’s going to be another messy, riff-filled night. The Wizard of the Crypt himself tells us more below:

The Wizard hath performed an archaic conjuration hitherto unseen in this here realm, and from this black magic an evening of simply wondrous darkness hath emerged! In conspiracy with the evil folk of Desertscene - Crypt of the Wizard brings to you the Desertfest Pre-Party 2019. Performing are four bands of such weight and bleak brilliance, even the gloomiest of souls shall be possessed by the rites of ancient evil and will be compelled to voyage to yonder Black Heart to enjoy some potent brews to a soundtrack of madness decayed by decadence.

GHOLD
Ghold push weight bringing forth experimental sludge rock breaking backs with brute force.

Like a sledge hammer slamming into a human face forever.


RAINBOW GRAVE
Rainbow Grave play primitive sludge punk...Featuring founder members of Napalm Death, Doom and Scorn, their bleak mantras channel the blank despair of negative punk through layers of distorted psychedelic damage...Freeform pedal abuse and robotic vocals coagulate around cyclic bass and drum rhythms in repetitive and minimal structures...Low rent caveman hate music...Disappointment guaranteed...

PRIMITIVE KNOT
Hailing from Manchester, UK, Primitive Knot have created a cult underground following with their prolific output and aura of arcane mystery. Primitive Knot cover a lot of musical ground, from motorik Krautrock to primitive thrashing doom metal, dark ambient and black metal death rock. Yet at all times, the sound is pure Primitive Knot.

BIBLE
Shadowy forces play pulsating synth driven black metal awash with droning agony. Appearing in this realm for one of the first times.

So if you’re in London early for Desertfest, be sure not to miss out on one extra night drinking riffs and headbanging to beers. Be sure to get your tickets to the Desertfest Pre-Party 2019 today.

Desertfest London 2019

Desertfest London 2019

Date: 3rd to 5th May 2019
Tickets: Starting at £110
Venues: Various - Camden
City: London

The UK's premier underground festival Desertfest London returns for it's 8th edition from 3rd to 5th May 2019. Featuring the heaviest, fuzziest and trippiest stoner, doom, sludge and psych bands from around the world, out latest chapter of Desertfest is returning to Camden and shaping up to be our biggest yet.

Current lineup

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ALL THEM WITCHES - WOVENHAND - KADAVAR - WITCH - EARTHLESS - COLOUR HAZE - STONED JESUS - MONDO GENERATOR - NAXATRAS - WIEGEDOOD - THE DEVIL AND THE ALMIGHTY BLUES - WE HUNT BUFFALO - SABBATH ASSEMBLY - JAYE JAYLE - HHY & THE MACUMBAS - ELEPHANT TREE - DVNE - MESSA - HIGH FIGHTER - GREAT ELECTRIC QUEST - SALEM'S BEND - HIGH REEPER


Tickets and full info available at the Desertfest website below.

Desertscene at Black Deer 2019

Desertscene at Black Deer 2019

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Date: 21st to 23rd June 2019
Weekend Tickets
Venue: Eridge Park, Kent

Americana runs through our blood, even if it may be on the louder side of the spectrum, DESERTSCENE has always been a celebration of the unique sound that was originally born out of the Palm Desert in California. Those undeniable low desert tones have taken a universal leap over the last 20 years; with a vast, progressive and unstoppable influence that has not only created a staggering array of musical talent, but an underground culture that few other genres could fathom. 
Whilst only entering their 2nd year in 2019, BLACK DEER has already created a similar entity, more than an appreciation of a musical genre, Black Deer is a celebration of a way of life. A way of life rooted in, and respectful of, the rich cultural heritage of America. Widely acclaimed as a truly authentic experience, an independent festival born from passion, and built from experience.

It was a no-brainer “YES!” when Black Deer asked us to curate THE ROADHOUSE for 2019, the core values shared between Desertscene and Black Deer are without question. There’s no doubt we have a bounty of heavy cross-over blues, psych and rock’n'roll to showcase, but it’s the support of underground cultures and the appreciation of story telling that makes us align so seamlessly. 

So with that, Desertscene are beyond excited to reveal our acts for next years Roadhouse. Please welcome our three headliners in the from the sprawling plains of the USA, whiskey-fuelled, foot-stompin' blues rock’n’rollers LEFT LANE CRUISER, the true King of the Desert, BRANT BJORK and renowned hard-rock psych power trio RADIO MOSCOW.
Icelandic riff-lovers THE VINTAGE CARAVAN, experimental desert legends YAWNING MAN, 1960’s road dogs THE GROUNDHOGS, otherworldly masters of the jam ASTEROID, London riff slingers STEAK, Australian heavy blues bringers CHILD, psychedelic trip takers KING BUFFALO, fuzzy proto-rockers THE BLACK WIZARDS, 70s doom worship in the form of DUEL, London’s own psychedelic stalwarts STUBB and the howling sound of MOUNTAINS, the travelling boogie sounds of SONIC GYSPY and local rockers REDWOOD.

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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: TBC

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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.