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ONE-MAN PSYCHEDELIC PUNK BLUES EXPLOSION, SONIC GYPSY, TO OPEN THE HDP/WPC STAGE AT DESERTFEST! 

As one of our final treats we’re chuffed to bring you the late addition of Sonic Gypsy to open the day’s proceedings on the HDP/WPC Stage!

A hell-billy blues jam teetering on the edge of madness, this crazed punked blues outfit will serve as a sure-fire way to brush off those hangover cobwebs and ease you into the stride for the day ahead with a foot-stomping, howling, hoe-down from beyond.

Get down early to witness something out of the norm and we assure you; you won’t be left disappointed! Sonic Gypsy will storm the stage at 1.15pm, straight after The Underworld’s doors are thrust open.

Words - Staggerin' Matt

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BONGZILLA SET TO SEND DESERTFEST SKY HIGH. TWICE. FOR THEIR FIRST LONDON APPEARANCES IN 14 YEARS!

Sunday 19th October 2003 was a hazy evening in olde London town. This is mainly due to the fact the mighty Bongzilla were in town to fuel the Underworld with an overdose of intoxicating dope-driven sludge and titanic THC riffs. A certain London bar owner recently recounted to me his memory of hugging onto one of the pillars of the Underworld for dear life as the smoke took hold of both the room and his mind. My own recollection of the evening is equally hazy, lest I remember it being one of my favourite shows to have graced the hallowed Camden turf.

Skip to today, nearly 14 years further on, and we’re ecstatic to be bringing the Wisconsin weed troupe back for not one, but TWO sets at Desertfest 2017. Firstly a selection of older tracks from the likes of “Apogee”, “Methods For Attaining Extreme Altitudes”, and the now classic album “Stash”, will filter down in waves over the heads of the Underworld on the HDP/WPC Stage, before a main stage set at the legendary Roundhouse with a packed bowl of bongy classics spanning all their albums the following day.

Having bought fore-mentioned Stash sometime at the tail end of the 90’s simply based on the cover “art” alone, the riffs and swirling smoky sound that emulated once I had that CD into my trusty discman made me listen non-stop for pretty much a month! Clicking instantly into something deep within the weedian psyche Bongzilla’s sound carries an edge, a groggy yet visceral allure that makes the listener instantly hooked, and which is undoubtedly a part of the bands retained appeal and high regard. Iommi riff harbingers of the super skunk generation.

One could argue that now we find ourselves in a different era, bud is legal in virtually half of those vast lands across the pond (for how long is anyone’s guess), so it could be asked if Bongzilla carry that same subversive appeal that once drew us in? The answer has to be a resounding yes. Not simply for the subject content, but the waves of THC infused riffs that the quartet cultivate are simply too lush and too engrossing to ignore. Many imitators have come, but virtually none have encapsulated that boggy weed worship sound quite like the Relapse Records alumni did across their 3 full lengths and various splits / EP’s.


In short Bongzilla really need no introduction as any discerning stoner, sludge, doom, or weed metal fan will already have the legendary keefmasters firmly on the radar. So, be sure to get ready for a launch into the ether when these guys bring their strain of heavy to 2 of our stages in April. Remember kids, “Load Bongs, Not Guns”.

Words - Staggerin' Matt

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BLOWN OUT TO BLOW YOU AWAY AT DESERTFEST 2017!

Ready for a late addition to our already huge line up? Well here you go! Newcastle trio Blown Out are going to blow you away at this year's Desertfest, when they roll through Camden with their psychedelic powerdrive; a mix of blistering leads, mind melting brain changes and max fuzz.

A tripped out Frankenstein's monster made of members of Bong, Drunk In Hell, 11Paranoias, Haikai No Ku, and fellow Desertfesters Khunnt and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs pigs Pigs Pigs, it should already be clear you're in for a crash of experimental heavy-psych drone; 15 minute plus tracks blasting us all out to space.

They'll be opening The Quietus Stage at The Black Heart on Friday 28th April. Make sure you get down early to drift into another galaxy as soon as you've arrived in Camden.

Words: Tom Geddes