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UK power trio Stubb will release their new single-song EP, Burning Moon, on April 29, marking the occasion of their appearance at this year's Desertfest. Not only that, but they'll be performing the mammoth 24-minute track - part one of a trilogy - on the Saturday at The Black Heart, joined by guests Ewan Duffus on keyboard and Thomas Mowforth of Limb and Zel Kaute of Vodun on percussion. Listening to the freshly-mastered studio version of the 24-minute “Burning Moon,” it is duly expansive as to make a trio into a six-piece, with founding vocalist/guitarist Jack Dickinson leading bassist/vocalist Tom Hobson, who makes his debut here, and drummer Tom Fyfe, who came aboard for their late-2014 sophomore long-player, Cry of the Ocean and the subsequent 2015 The Theory of Light and Matter split with Mos Generator, through movements either tied to memorable verses and choruses or floating free on a resounding psychedelic jam.

Their one of a kind performance is set to be a big highlight of the weekend at this year's Desertfest, so make sure you catch Stubb on the Saturday night of Desertfest at The Black Heart.

Words donated by JJ Koczan, whose full review and stream of Burning Moon can be found at the link HERE. A limited amount of tickets are still available.


We know you caught that sneaky “TBC” on our last lineup poster, but we bet none of you expected three more great additions to this year’s Desertfest London. With Satan’s Satyrs unfortunately having to pull out of the festival, we thought you deserved three killer additions to get down early for on the Friday and Saturday of Desertfest 2017.

First up, we have Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs, who bring that 70s heavy blues swagger in spades. Forming in 1963 and spanning several incarnations, Groundhogs were around right at the peak of British rock and roll dominance, even so far as supporting The Rolling Stones by request in the early 70s. Huge riffs, assured solos and powerful vocals, Groundhogs will bring a hurricane of classic blues rock when the open the Electric Ballroom on the Saturday of Desertfest.

Next, opening up the HDP / WPC stage at the Underworld on Friday is Sonic Gypsy. A one-man psychedelic punk blues explosion, Sonic Gypsy will be one of the most unique bands on the Desertfest lineup. High energy rock and roll at its core, but infused with a range of influences ranging from Motorhead to John Lee Hooker, from Black Flag to Bo Diddley, Sonic Gypsy will have you amped up as soon as the doors swing open.

Our final addition to Desertfest 2017 is psych drone trio Blown Out, who open The Black Heart on Friday. Made up of members of various Desertfest alumni, including  Bong, 11Paranoias, Khunnt and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, you can probably already tell this is a band that trips hard. Expansive soundscapes and meandering guitars, you’ll be sure to zone out to Blown Out and let the music wash over you.

With our lineup now completed by these three great additions, it’s sure to be another huge weekend in Camden, but you’ll have to act quick if you still need tickets. Day Tickets are selling fast and only 50 Weekend Tickets remain, so don’t wait until the end of the week if you want to get to Desertfest 2017. Buy your tickets today.


At this year's Desertfest, there'll be no sleep until after Sleep when the party carries on into the night. As ever, we'll be hosting the finest stoner, doom, sludge and psych DJs around for a series of afterparties. In fact, this year we've gone even further to ensure more bang for your buck with your Desertfest wristband. So now that you've worked out which bands you're catching on Saturday afternoon, it's time to work out which afterparty you're headed to on Friday.

As well as some of the finest DJs around, we've also invited DJ Harris, who will be fronting the official Desertfest Opening Party at The Dev on Friday night.

DJ Harris - third best host of the must listen Desertscene Podcast - has honed his skills in the mean clubs of Coventry, providing the perfect debauched antics and banging tunes for a drink-heavy night.

The Electric Ballroom have decided to go big with their Friday night afterparty, Ballroom Blitz. Taking on a more general rock and metal playlist - because, admit it, you love Slipknot as much as anyone - the Ballroom Blitz is going to be a mad night. Featuring not only some of the heaviest tracks around but also burlesque, fire and acrobatics, as well as competitions and giveaways. Our most unique afterparty of the weekend, it's one not to miss.

Continuing their Friday takeover of The Black Heart, The Quietus Afterparty will, just like their stage, showcase some of the most obscure, exciting and fresh acts in the wider stoner rock cannon. Featuring Quietus DJs, you can expect a dark , heavy and slow atmosphere, which we know you doomheads love. 

She's So Heavy, who provide the Saturday afterparty at The Black Heart, was created by Julia (Grave Lines / Casual Nun) as a night to celebrate women in rock. Joined by Harriet (Black Moth) and Jessika (Psychomagik), the trio have been DJing together for over 5 years. For the official Desertfest afterparty they are also bringing Federica (Black Moth /Rat Salad) into the mix. Powered by a shared love of massive riffs and the desire to spotlight female musicians, they will be spinning heavy grooves, classic bangers, electric psych incantations and fist-pumping party jams.

DJ Harris returns on Sunday night to atone for the crimes committed at the opening party. The Desertfest Closing Party, which happens at The Black Heart on Sunday, will be one last chance for riffs, raucousness and revelry. But Harris isn't the only 'special' guest on Sunday, as we have more familiar faces in store. So get yourself down to The Black Heart, and bring everyone with you for one last big party... before Desertfest 2018 rolls into town.

*All afterparties are free to weekend ticket holders and relevant daily wristband holders. Ballroom Blitz is also open to non-wristband holders for £6 entry.


Desertfest are excited to announce that we're once again teaming up with vinyl specialist collaborators H42 Records for another limited edition Desertfest vinyl. The third in the Desertfest 7” series features London fuzz favourites Steak and legendary Swedish riff kings Greenleaf.

The double A-side features Steak's brand new single ‘Overthrow’ from the upcoming No God to Save LP and a re-release of the incredible ‘Sold My Lady (Out The Back Of An Oldsmobile)’ from Greenleaf's long out of print self-titled debut EP.

Only 400 vinyl pressings will be made available; half in ‘weed green’ and the other half in ‘steak brown’. Desertfest will have 200 of these on sale over the weekend via our merch stall outside The Black Heart. The remainder will be available through the H42 records store, the presale for which starts on 29th March.

This record is likely to sell out quick, so if you need this ultra-rare wax in your collection, grab it while you have the chance. 


It's finally that time of year; the last pit stop on the way to Desertfest 2017. We have those all important stage times at the ready. Were you worried about Steak clashing with Lowrider? Did you wonder if you'd be able to run to The Underworld for Samsara Blues Experiment after Sleep? Now you'll be able to answer all your clash based worries.

To help you with this, our friend Theo has created an official clashfinder for this year's festival. Just click the link below and get planning for the weekend (even though, if you're like us, those plans will go out the window on the first day).

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that Satan's Satyrs are no longer on the bill. Unfortunately, the band had to cancel their tour, but we're working on their replacement as we speak and will announce them in the coming days. We'll also be announcing the first of this year's after-parties in the coming days - because the riffs don't stop when the bands leave the stage.

If you've still not got your tickets to this year's mammoth lineup, you'll want to act quickly as tickets are selling fast. Also, if you need to find a place to rest your head for the weekend, we have limited spaces left on our hotel packages at Camden Lock Hotel and just 4 beds left at Smart Hostel Camden. Links for both are below.

So with only 38 days to go, it's time to prepare your clashes for Desertfest 2017!


Desertfest are beyond pleased to announce that our friends at The Brooklyn Brewery will be official sponsors for Desertfest London this coming April. We are super excited to have them on board and their involvement in the festival will help make this one of the finest Desertfests to date.

On top of this, we're also stoked to be co-promoting the annual Brooklyn Sound tour, which sees Brooklyn based post-hardcore band Primitive Weapons playing 5 international shows in 6 days. Over the course of those 6 nights, they'll be hitting up London, Oslo, Lillestrøm, Helsinki and Hamburg. The London show, which kicks off the tour, takes place at The Black Heart on the 27th March and will also be featuring Henry Blacker and headliners Winnebago Deal. It’s a free show, but to attend you must register for tickets via the button below. It's sure to be a chaotic night of raw riffs, so don't miss it.. Check out the Facebook Event here.


Acts: Wretch & Iron Void
Date: Thursday 27th April
Advance Tickets: £10
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London

As if Desertfest itself wasn't enough, we've teamed up with Old Empire to kick off the weekend early. We're warming up for the festival with Wretch and Iron Void at the Black Heart.

Indiana's Wretch should be well known to doomster's everywhere. Formed by ex-The Gates of Slumber mainstay, Karl Simon, after the doom favourites called it quits in 2013, Wretch still bring the doom, though from a slightly different slant. More focused and traditional in their approach to the slow and heavy, Wretch, may be closer in some respects to Saint Vitus than they are to The Gates of Slumber.

Joining them are Wakefield's Iron Void; proud champions of Yorkshire doom metal. Similarly anchored in trad doom, though with a little more bounce, Iron Void's self-titled debut feels ripped from the late 70s / early 80s.

So start the party early and get ready for this year's Desertfest when Wretch and Iron Void doomsplode over Camden.


With Desertfest rolling around on the last weekend of April, we know some of you are considering hitting up the festival. If you have to get on a plane to catch a lineup - no matter how huge - you want to make sure the journey is worth it. So whether you're from as far afield as Melbourne, Greenland or Essex, here are a few reasons to get over to the mystical metropolis that is London.

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1) London is arguably the coolest, most eclectic and most vibrant city on this planet. A place where many a music scene has been been created and cultivated over the past century. From the old stomping grounds of Orange Goblin to the world famous Abbey Road Studios, every street in this fine city is steeped in musical history. 

2) The festival takes place in London's pulsating heart, the one and only rock’n'roll mecca of Camden Town. Arrive with enough time to check out Camden Lock and pop into every shop on Camden High Street. Then come and party in some of the city's most prestigious venues, like the legendary Roundhouse, Electric Ballroom, Underworld and... 

3) ...London's best rock pub, The Black Heart! 100% dedicated to the festival during the three days of the festival, you won’t find a better place to meet new friends and like-minded people; and more importantly, you'll struggle to find better beers in London.

4) This year's lineup is our best yet (as proven by scientists). Reunited Slo Burn headline on the Friday. Turbonegro invade Camden on the Saturday. And last but not least, our huge Sunday main stage; we've filled the debuting Roundhouse with a huge lineup. Sleep, Candlemass, Wolves in the Throne Room, Saint Vitus and Bongzilla will riff their way through the 3,300 capacity venue. And with dozens more of the underground's finest bands, what better year to come to Desertfest.

5) Last but not least: BREXIT. Hear us out on this - think about the beers. Since our economy tanked after the UK's decision to leave the EU, a £5 pint of beer that was €9 ($12 USD) is now - at time of writing - €5 ($6 USD). And who knows? By the time Desertfest rolls around, the beers could be even cheaper. Not to mention hotels, which are cheaper than they were this time last year! Speaking of which, click here to check out our hotel packages.

So if you can get here this April, why wouldn't you want to experience the doomiest Desertfest yet?