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Acid King w/Alunah

Acid King w/Alunah

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

Desertscene are pleased to announce Acid King will be returning to London, playing The Black Heart on the July 27th! And to top of that fantastic news, Alunah will be joining them.

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.

Joining them are Brummie doom heroes Alunah. Since their formation in 2006, Alunah have been a powerful force of hauntingly heavy in the UK doom scene, producing four must listen albums, including this year's fantastic Solennial. Hinged around the mesmerising vocals of Sophie Day, the atmospheric clout of their output so far - and the full force of their live appearances - cement the band as future legends of this scene.

Two of the heaviest bands out there today, Acid King and Alunah will slay The Black Heart in July. 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.

Radio Moscow w/Groundhogs

Radio Moscow w/Groundhogs

Main Act: Radio Moscow
Date: Monday 14th August
Advance Tickets: £15
Venue: The Borderline
City: London
Support: Groundhogs

Desertscene in association with Snuff Lane are pleased to announce San Diegan blues-psych power trio, Radio Moscow, will be hitting up The Borderline on the 14th of August.

Part of that ‘70s revival scene that has invaded Europe in recent years – see Graveyard, Horisont, Gentlemans Pistols and Kadavar – Radio Moscow prove that the throwback vibes can be mastered on the Western side of the Atlantic too. Starting out life as the duo of the multi-instrumentalist mainstay Parker Griggs and bassist Serana Andersen, Radio Moscow have been laying down the fuzz infused southern stomp since 2003 with their self-titled debut full length dropping in 2007. Four full lengths – including the absolutely stunningly swaggering sophomore, Brain Cycles – and a few lineup changes later, Radio Moscow have cemented their sound around the aching-heart blues strut of Parker Griggs, and a touch of distortion. Likely to add to their already incredible back catalogue with September's New Beginnings LP, Radio Moscow will bring one hell of a show to London.

They'll be joined by blues rock legends Groundhogs. Kicking about the scene since the swinging 60s, Groundhogs have been an omnipresent force in British music. Grabbing mainstream attention with 1971's Split - featuring the classic 'Cherry Red' - Groundhogs will be the perfect starter for your main course of Radio Moscow.

Definitely one to bring the foot-stomping and head-bopping to any swarm of onlookers, Radio Moscow and Groundhogs are sure to slay in when they play the Borderline this August. Get your tickets today.

Monkey3 w/Lo Chief

Monkey3 w/Lo Chief

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

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 Lo Chief. Straight out of the "muddy banks of the Thames Delta", Lo Chief are a swaggering, bluesy, foot-stomping ride. Last year's full length Lower Dunton Studio Sessions brings a slice of Americana to the UK scene in spades and is well worth a check before the September show. Their swampy tones will be a perfect accompaniment to the psych freakout of Monkey 3, so if you don't want to miss out on a tripped out night, book your tickets today.

Truckfighters w/Ten Foot Wizard

Truckfighters w/Ten Foot Wizard

Main Act: Truckfighters
Date: 30th September 2017
Advance Tickets: £14
Venue: The Underworld
City: London
Support: Ten Foot Wizard

Desertscene are proud to announce Swedish fuzzonauts Truckfighters will be blasting through The Underworld on September 30th.

From the very moment ‘Desert Cruiser’ kicked in to open their debut Gravity X the stoner rock scene knew they were listening to something special. An iconic, reverberating, crunchy riff that introduced a flawless classic of an album. Their second and third albums Phi and Mania cemented Truckfighters legacy as fuzz masters; both albums brimming with the psyched-out riffs that are synonymous with the name Truckfighters.

In 2011, the astounding Truckfighters “fuzzomentary”, followed the band as they were touring Europe and recording Mania, committing to tape the perfect document encapsulating the essence of an underground rock band; the good times and the tough. 2014’s (inter)stellar Universe continued their upward trend as one of the most exciting bands of the European underground, expanding their sound and leaving you begging for their fifth; which came in the form of last year's V, another fuzzy classic of the stoner rock scene.

Whilst their albums are great, it's live where the band truly lay out their wares. Their full-throttle sets, including their hat-trick of shows at Desertfest London, have gone down in legend. To make sure this show is even more legendary, we've invited one of the UK's premier good time bands, Ten Foot Wizard, along for the ride too. The Manchester riffsmen are a firm favourite at Desertscene Towers, with their latest LP, 2015's Sleeping Volcanoes, delivering a barrel of riffs and all the groove of the blues all wrapped up with a hefty bow of strangeness.

You wont want to miss out on this night of fuzzy fun when Truckfighters and Ten Foot Wizard roll into town. 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 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. 

Also headlining are Sweden's 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 Antwerp this October.

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

GRAVEYARD --- THE MELVINS
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KADAVAR - WINDHAND - SAINT VITUS - RADIO MOSCOW - ALL THEM WITCHES - CHURCH OF MISERY - STONED JESUS - MONOLORD - CONAN - WHITE HILLS - SPIDER GAWD - GOZU - CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL - BEASTMAKER - SATAN'S SATYRS - ELEPHANT TREE - OHHMS - PART CHIMP - MINAMI DEUTSCH - KALEIDOBOLT - WHITE MANNA - HEMELBESTORMER - HIDDEN TRAILS - BIG FAT LUKUM

+ 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.

Church of Misery

Church of Misery

Main Act: Church of Misery
Date: 19th October 2017
Advance Tickets: £15
Venue: The Garage
City: London
Support: TBA

Desertscene are pleased to announce that Japan's greatest band, Church of Misery, will be bringing their dirty, distorted doom to The Garage on the 19th October.

Founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1995, Church of Misery were immediately a force to be reckoned with in the doom scene. Centred around constant member Tatsu Mikami - formerly of thrash metal band Salem fame - and a rotating lineup, the band have been bringing the hooks for over 20 years. Their Introduction to the wider world via a sneaky bootleg of their, at the time, demo release, Vol. 1, whet our appetites and we've been craving the fuzzed out crushing swagger of Church of Misery ever since. Through their first official LP Master of Brutality to last year's And Then There Were None..., the band has consistently delivered unparalleled savagery.

Although the pure brutality of their output is enough of a reason to have the world take notice, the aesthetic surrounding the music is what sets Church of Misery apart. The band's wall of noise is layered onto imagery and lyrics of some of the most grizzly and gruesome serial killers of all time; from Kemper to Gacy to Shipman to Brady and everyone in between, one has to appreciate the irony of the band collecting serial killers like trophies.

Six dark, destructive discs in, Church of Misery continue to slay, as anyone who caught them at Desertfest 2014 will attest. With supports still to be announced for what's sure to be a heavy, heavy night, don't miss your chance to catch one of the finest examples of contemporary doom. Book your tickets today.