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Desertfest London 2017

Desertfest London 2017

Date: Friday 28th April - Sunday 30th April 2017
Advance Price: £100 for 3 day ticket
Venue: Various Camden venues
City: London, England


Desertfest is back for its 6th anniversary and the UK’s finest underground festival is ready to blow your mind!

In six years the Desertfest name has grown and expanded into Europe, bringing the heaviest bands from across the world to party harder than at any other festival. Only the truly loyal fans of the underground that is the Desertfest tribe can make the unique atmosphere that is The Desertfest.

The main acts announced so far include the first headliners, Turbonegro. Widely heralded as one of, if not THE, greatest deathpunk, festival rock and general joy-inducing bands of all time, a whole heap of fun is guaranteed whenever the Norwegians sweep into town.

Joining them on the bill are psychedelic juggernauts Samsara Blues Experiment, one of the finest psychedelic stoner bands in the world right now. Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017, as well as their 3rd time gracing the Desertfest stage, Samsara Blues Experiment are sure to have you exploring your own  brain at Desertfest London.

Alongside many more on the bill, including The Picturebooks' brand of stomping blues, doomsters Satan's Satyrs, the utterly tripped-out Yuri Gagarin, and a tonne of acts still to be confirmed, this year's line-up is gearing to be the best one yet for Desertfest London.

CONFIRMED SO FAR

TURBONEGRO
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SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT - THE PICTUREBOOKS - SATAN'S SATYRS - YURI GAGARIN - VODUN - MAMMOTH STORM - ELEPHANT TREE

Desertfest Berlin 2017

Desertfest Berlin 2017

Date: Friday 28th April - Sunday 30th April 2017
Advance Price
Venue: Astra Kulturhaus
City: Berlin, Germany

Desertfest returns to Berlin for its sixth year, and the German leg of Europe's greatest underground festival will once again blow your minds.

The main acts announced so far include European pure stoner royalty, Lowrider. Raw, fuzzy riffs aplenty, Lowrider will be playing tracks from their Legendary full length, Ode to Io, as well as their long awaited upcoming album.

Joining them are other great bands, such as Spanish instrumentalists Toundra, Virginia doomsters Satan's Satyrs and psych workhorses, The Cosmic Dead.

And with all headliners, as well as dozens of other fantastic stoner, doom, sludge and psych bands to announce, Desertfest Berlin is already shaping up to be one of the best yet. Book your tickets today.

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LOWRIDER - TOUNDRA - SATAN'S SATYRS - THE COSMIC DEAD - ECSTATIC VISION

 

Yawning Man w/Bright Curse

Yawning Man w/Bright Curse

Main Act: Yawning Man
Date: Thursday 1st June
Advance Tickets: £11
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: Bright Curse

Desertscene are proud to welcome desert rock pioneers Yawning Man to The Black Heart on June 1st.

Born among the sand dunes of La Quinta, California in 1986, Yawning Man struck up the perfect sound for their surroundings; raw, flowing and psyched-out. Often playing generator parties deep in the desert, their open air jams made a huge impact on many who went on to lead the stoner rock scene. Brant Bjork, for one, has proudly stated Yawning Man are the greatest band he's ever seen. 

As if it wasn't impressive enough that they inspired many of the founding fathers of the stoner rock scene, they managed to gain their reverence without a single release for almost twenty years. The band's first official releases - the Pot Head EP and Rock Formations - dropped in 2005, confirming to the wider scene what they'd already been told; Yawning Man jam hard.

If you want to find out just how hard they jam, book your tickets today.

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.

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.