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Important Info for Desertfest 2018

Not long till the festival kicks off. We can’t wait to open the doors to the 7th Desertfest London. As always, we thought it best to send you some information on where to collect tickets, general policies, after parties etc…

Firstly, Due to email filters, social algorithms, not everyone will receive this message so please share amongst your socials and your friends.

WEEKEND TICKETS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT. 

Please remember, like previous years, this being a multi-venue festival there is a limited capacity allowed in the venue, so please make sure you plan well and give yourselves plenty of time to get in to the venues to see your favourite bands.

Breakdown of info  

- Ticket Wristband Exchange
- Hotel and Hostel Info
- Roundhouse Rules
- Programme & Merch
- After Parties

TICKET / WRISTBAND EXCHANGE ( PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES ON THE SUNDAY )

The Ticket exchange will be open the following hours:

FRIDAY - Midday - 9pm
SATURDAY - Midday - 8pm
SUNDAY - Midday - 9.15pm

This year, there is a slight change in the Ticket exchange…Friday & Saturday will be outside the Black Heart as ever, however the SUNDAY TICKET EXCHANGE WILL BE THE ROUNDHOUSE ONLY

If you purchased a weekend, Friday or Saturday ticket, You will need to bring your ticket confirmation either in paper form or on your smart device in exchange for a wristband. The Sundayticket will be a round house paper ticket at the venue. 

ROUNDHOUSE RULES

The Roundhouse will operate a no entry policy from 9.45pm on Sunday. After this point no one will be allowed into the venue. Monster Magnet are due on for 9:45pm, so please make sure you get in with plenty of time.

DESERTFEST PROGRAMME / MERCH

Like the years gone by we are once again producing a collectable 72 page programme with information on all the bands, will be available at the ticket exchange. Our Merch stall will be once again be on Greenland place and we’ve got an array of new T-shirts, collaborations and much more..Merch for bands will be available from the venue they play in. 

HOTEL / HOSTEL BOOKINGS

Hotel - Britannia Hampstead Hotel.

Please note, those that purchased a room at the Camden Lock Hotel have now been moved over to Hampstead Brittania as the Lock hotel has closed down. 

Check in : Friday 4th - 2pm
Check out: Monday 7th - midday

To check in please give the name you purchased the ticket under. 

Hostel  - Smart Hostel Camden

On arrival please give the name you booked your ticket under and the hostel will be able to accommodate you. 

The check-in time is 2PM.  - If you arrive earlier, you can store your luggage for free in the storage room and come back later.
The check-out time from the hostel is 10AM, if you need to store luggage we do have this service and you can keep your items up until midnight. This service costs £2 per item.


AFTER PARTIES.

We have a bunch of after parties in place for this years Desertfest and you can see them listed below:

Friday 4th May - Electric Ballroom - Old Empire DJ’s - ASG Live  - 23:00 - 01:00am
Friday 4th May - Black Heart - Family Woodard - 23:00 - Late
Friday 4th May - The Dev - Opening Party
Saturday 5th May - She’s So Heavy @ The Black Heart 23:00 - 04:00am
Saturday 5th May - Street Can Collective @ The Dev - 23:00 - 04:00am
Sunday 6th May - HDP / WPC Afterparty @ the Underworld - FEAT Death Alley- 23:00 - Late
Sunday 6th May - Church Of Cat Afterparty @ the Dev - 23:00 - Late
Sunday 6th May - Desertscene After Party @ the Black Heart - 23:00 - Late

We look forward to welcoming you to our festival

DESERTFEST 2018 AFTERPARTIES KEEP IT GOING UNTIL THE EARLY HOURS!

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Once again we're keeping the party going into the early hours at Desertfest, and this year we're giving you plenty of choice; eight different chances for heavy boozing and even heavier bangers from some of the best DJ's in the scene. Full details on the backdrop to your late night shenanigans are below. 

FRIDAY
Old Empire afterparty at Electric Ballroom - featuring a midnight set from ASG - 11:30PM - 1:00AM

After a HUGE day of filth at the Electric Ballroom, Old Empire bring their “half hour of power”, a rampant melee of tunes shuffled by the OE crew. Followed by a late night live set by North Carolina riffs masters ASG at midnight.

Family Woodard afterparty at The Black Heart - 11:00PM - 3:00AM
Anarchic booze fuelled brother sister duo playing the best in doom, heavy metal, and punk ragers. No strangers to the decks in and around this 'ere London town of ours, expect them to bring heavy metal riffs and whisky fits to fuel the opening night deep into the darkest hours.

Crypt Of The Wizard afterparty at The Dev - 11:00PM - 3:00AM
Heavy metal classics, old school doom, NWOBHM and much more heaviness besides, all summoned by the demons behind London’s dedicated Heavy Metal Record Shop - Crypt Of The Wizard are crawling ravenously into the Dev to burn the night away!! ** #metalmakesusstrong **


SATURDAY
She's So Heavy at The Black Heart - 11pm - 3am

After a storming party at the Black Heart last year, Julia (Grave Lines), Jessika (Psychomagik), Harriet (Black Moth) and Fed (Black Moth / Rat Salad) are returning their night celebrating women in rock to Desertfest once again. “She’s So Heavy” is powered by a shared love of massive riffs and the desire to spotlight female musicians. Expect heavy grooves, classic bangers, electric psych incantations and fist pumping party jams throughout!

SCC - Street Can Collective at The Dev - 10pm - 3am
Mitch of Below Beyond / SOTR Record Fair along with Binge Drinker Mel play a brain putrefying mash of sludge, doom, heavy stoner, and punk, through to soul, funk, grind and gore. It’s their rules, expect everything and anything, loud n’ in ya grill ! Keep the booze flowing!

SUNDAY
HDP / WPC  at The Underworld - featuring a set from Death Alley - 11:45pm - 12:30am

Human_Disease_Promo / When Planets Collide finish off their heaviest stage curation to date with a DJ set of grimey sludge, weedian tones and downbeat dirge, intersected with a live set by Death Alley at 11.15pm.

Desertscene Afterparty at The Black Heart - 11pm - 3am
The annual Desertfest closing party, time to drown your sorrows and facilitate the impending bank holiday hangover with a final hurrah and glasses raised as the weekend draws to a blurry close. DJ Harris once again presides in his own inimitable style, spinning stoner rock, heavy jams, and highway ripping anthems right 'til the livin' end!

Church of Cat at The Dev - 11pm - 2am
The Dev / Church Of Cat promotions bring Camden’s oldest surviving rock boozer to its knees with a healthy mix of everything heavy from the in-house crew.


All our Desertfest afterparties are free to enter for all with a Desertfest Weekend or corresponding Desertfest Day ticket. With not long left to go until the party starts, you'll have to be quick if you want one of our last remaining tickets. Click below to snap one up while they remain.

DESERTFEST 2018 STAGE TIMES ANNOUNCED!

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You've all been waiting for this one last bit of news, so without further ado, the Desertfest 2018 stage times are here.

To help you plan your mad dash around Camden this May, we've set up an official Desertfest Clashfinder. If you haven't used Clashfinder before, it's a handy tool that makes it easier to keep track of all the bands playing a festival. So visit the link below and find your clashes.

With just the details of the afterparties and that one TBC to announce, if you haven't got your tickets to the UK's premier underground festival yet, you'll want to be quick. Links for day and weekend tickets are below, so snap them up fast and get ready for the heaviest weekend of the year at Desertfest 2018.

DARKHER, TELEPATHY AND MORE FOR NIGHTSHIFT PROMOTIONS STAGE! [UPDATED]

** NOTE: The Moth are unfortunately no longer able to perform on this year's Nightshift Stage at Desertfest. Their replacement is Lotus. The below article has been updated to reflect this.

Our friends at Nightshift Promotions have been smashing it at The Dev for the last few Desertfest weekends, and 2018 is no different. This year, they’ll be bringing six diverse, but equally dark bands that will be sure to pack out one of Camden’s best pubs

Headlining the stage are Darkher, the melodic creation of Jayn H. Wissenberg whose beautiful vocals are complemented by rumbling guitars. 2016’s Realms is a must listen record, which journeys through the haunting and the challenging. With a brand-new lineup set to appear around Jayn at Desertfest, we're assured their sound has grown yet more ominous, and we can’t wait to catch them this May.

They’ll be joined by Colchester’s Telepathy. Consisting of Albert and Piotr Turek, Richard Powley and Teddy James Driscoll, the band adds a breath of life into post-metal, showing there is still plenty to be said within the genre. Last year’s Tempest may well have been one of the better post-metal releases of the decade, with sludginess in abundance.

Ghent, Belgium’s Crowd of Chairs will also be on the bill, bringing a sound that is hard to pin down within a genre. Their experimental style, which has elements of math-rock influence seeping inwards. For best reference of their sound, seek out last year’s release, FUCK FUCK FUCK and wallow in the noise.

Chicago’s Snow Burial join the bill, bringing another slab of post-metal though this time filtered through The Melvins and Converge. Heavy and brooding, though at times strangely bouncy, the energy pulsating through their music has a distinctly punk feel.

Post-hardcore comes in the form of Belgium's Lotus. Brief but explosive hate filled diatribes are the order of the day here; unapologetic blasts of despairing heaviness that you need to catch.

Last but not least, Monolithian bring us blackened doom from Falmouth. Their crushing boulder of reverbing fuzz is brutal, but matched equally by the precision of the band’s slightly psych-tinged floatier sections.

The Nightshift Promotions Stage will take place at The Dev on Saturday 5th May and will be open to any Desertfest three-day or Saturday passes. Make sure you get down early to ensure your spot inside as The Dev is our smallest venue. With these latest additions, and still more to announce in the coming weeks, Desertfest 2018 is just getting bigger and bigger. Book your tickets today to make sure you don’t miss out on the UK’s premier underground festival.

START YOUR WEEKEND AT THE DESERTFEST PRE-PARTY WITH ASG & FLASH HOUSE

Main Act: ASG
Date: 3rd May 2018
Advance Tickets: £12
Venue: The Black Heart
City: London
Support: Flash House
Doors: 7PM - Late

It’s become tradition by this point that we kick the Desertfest weekend off a little early on the Thursday at The Black Heart, with previous years seeing bands such as 1000mods and Slabdragger serving as the soundtrack for the first beers downed and first heads banged. This year is no different as we proudly welcome ASG and Flash House to open up the heaviest weekend of the year at the official Desertfest Pre-Party.

Our headliners for the night are Wilmington, North Carolina natives ASG, serve the unique honour of playing the pre-party and Friday’s after-party at this year’s Desertfest. Flying the flag for stoner rock and metal since the early noughties, their ass-kicking self-titled debut introduced the impressive vocal range of Jason Shi as it cut through the band’s signature grooved riffs. Five albums (and one hell of a split with Black Tusk) down the line, ASG have been an avalanche of hooks for 17 years and never fail to bring the good times. If feeling good is good enough, ASG will more than deliver at the Desertfest Pre-party.

They’ll be joined by London’s own Flash House, who inject the raw power of their punk drenched noise into the night. Their debut full length, last year’s Brown Sauce, passes through at a breakneck speed only surpassed by their live performances. Between these and ASG, we’re not sure we’ll have a neck left by Friday morning. So if you’re arriving in London for a little early for this year’s Desertfest, or you just want to get in on a slice of what the weekend has to offer, book your tickets for the Desertfest Pre-Party on Thursday 3rd May at The Black Heart today.

DESERTFEST DAY SPLITS ANNOUNCED AND DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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The day you’ve all been waiting for with bated breath has arrived. Today we announce those all important day splits and put our individual day tickets on sale, meaning you can finally start planning your Desertfest weekend. As ever, we’ve tried our best to avoid as many clashes as possible, but with a lineup as strong as this year’s, we could only avoid so many (though we did make sure those Weedeater sets didn’t overlap).

Friday sees KOKO back in the Desertfest fold and, as the largest venue of the day, it plays host to our retro rocking headliners Graveyard, making their long awaited UK return. Speaking of returns, they’ll be supported at KOKO by doom royalty The Obsessed, with the punk infused Zeke and Greece’s Planet of Zeus joining them. The Old Empire stage invades The Electric Ballroom with their brutal assault headlined by crust punk progenators Napalm Death, who are joined by sludge survivors Eyehategod, doom game-changers Warning and more, followed by a late night set from ASG. The Black Heart gets experimental with The Quietus stage, bringing the psych freakout inducing White Hills, the heavy and atmospheric Ghold, the positively insane Snapped Ankles and others. Also appearing across the day are the atmospheric Jex Thoth and the utterly psychedelic Radio Moscow at The Underworld, reefer riffers Dopelord and the thunderous Tuskar at The Dev and even more across the day.

Saturday gets even heavier at The Electric Ballroom as they welcome stoner metal heroes High on Fire, whose headline set celebrates their 20 Sunless Years. They have appropriately gargantuan support at the Ballroom in the form of North Carolinan sludge machines Weedeater, Japan’s doom legends Church of Misery, extreme metalers Akercocke and the crushing sludge of Sourvein. The Nightshift Promotions stage returns to The Dev, inviting the melodic Darkher, post-metalers Telepathy and more to the Desertfest party. Elsewhere on the Saturday, Steak Number Eight bring another slab of post-metal and Black Rainbows bring the heavy psych to the The Underworld, while grungy stoner rockers Miss Lava and the fuzzed up The Watchers hit up The Black Heart.

Sunday brings another huge lineup to The Roundhouse, with stoner psych heroes Monster Magnet closing off the weekend with their headline set. Not only that, but one of psych rock’s most important bands, Hawkwind, will be co-headlining our tripped out Sunday. Also appearing at The Roundhouse are returning stoner rock kings Nebula, the best band in recent years Elder and Sweden’s Monolord. The Human_Disease_Promo / When Planets Collide stage takes over The Underworld, with a special early years set from Weedeater, the caustic Denver trio Primitive Man and more, followed by a late night set by Death Alley. Elsewhere across Desertfest’s closing day, the warm psych of King Buffalo and stoner rock supergroup Kind play The Black Heart, with France’s The Necromancers and Brighton’s heavy trio Solleme at The Dev.

With the days well and truly split, and the lineup all in place, day tickets are now on sale (linked below). Priced at £40 for Friday or Saturday, and £45 for Sunday, your day ticket will grant you access to all venues for the day it is valid. So if you can’t make the full weekend this year, be sure not to miss out on the heaviest lineup of the year. And if you can make the whole show, be sure to snap up your weekend ticket while you still have a chance.

HAWKWIND TO CO-HEADLINE, PLUS ASG AND 20 MORE ROUND OFF DESERTFEST 2018!

We promised you we weren’t done yet. After months of building what we are certain is our biggest and heaviest lineup yet, it’s time to announce the last bands for Desertfest 2018; all 22 of them, including Sunday's co-headliner.

First up this team of cosmonauts has been in search of utopia, infinity and beyond for a staggering nigh-on fifty years now.  As a collective that has defined genres, influenced every single record that you and your folks have ever liked, and spawned off-shoots such as a little rock ‘n roll band you might have heard of called Motörhead, their importance to every single one of us cannot be overstated, and we are damn well chuffed to announce that Hawkwind’s silver machine will be touching down at Cape Camden as they co-headline Desertfest 2018!

Thirty albums down the line, these British kings of the underground are still going strong under the leadership of none other than founding member and Grand Wizard of Space Rock, David Anthony Brock. We can’t wait for their unstoppable Wind to rip through Desertfest as co-headliners of our huge Sunday at The Roundhouse.

Also announced are North Carolina’s ASG who have been blasting their brand of stoner metal since the beginning of the century and have a healthy five albums in the vaults. Iowan power trio, Radio Moscow, whose reputation as one of the most exciting, eclectic and electric bands in the scene is hard to argue with will be joining them as will Wino as he pulls double duty on top of his The Obsessed appearance to play a special acoustic set.

Gothenburg three-piece Monolord have ascended to the upper echelons of stoner-doom royalty in recent years, rightfully earning their place at Desertfest. Satanic sludge merchants Sourvein will be spreading darkness with their vast back catalogue of brutal filth, with Belgians, Steak Number Eight, bringing postmetal to the mix.

Poland’s reefer riffers Dopelord make their Desertfest debut, as do psych rockers Dead Witches and King Buffalo. Boston’s Kind, a stoner rock supergroup, are on the heaving lineup, alongside the chaotic sonic assault of Cattle and French retro rockers The Necromancers.

Crumpet, the latest project of all round hero Bill Steer, make an early appearance at Desertfest. They’re joined by two vastly different bands in the shape of Brighton’s wall of misery, Solleme, and upbeat Marylanders, Lionize.

But we’re not done yet, post-apocalyptic Danish metalers, LLNN, skull flattening doom peddlers Chrch and the grim sludge of Mastiff all squeeze onto the bill, with monolithic two-piece, Tuskar, a solo appearance from ex-Arrows Down and Crystal Head’s Tom Cameron and the swampy rock of Lo Chief rounding off a mammoth year of announcements for Desertfest.

So with a lineup now totalling over 70 of the best bands the underground has to offer, what better time than now to make sure you’re at the heaviest weekend of the year? Book your tickets at the website today.

WHITE HILLS, GHOLD AND MORE FOR THE QUIETUS STAGE!

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The Quietus stage is back again for Desertfest 2018, this year taking place at The Black Heart on Friday 4th May. In the past few years, The Quietus team have brought us a diverse stage with some of the most exciting bands at the festival and this year, as ever, they’ve provided some of the lineup’s more unique and experimental bands.

Headlining The Quietus stage this year are White Hills whose concentrated blasts of interstellar noise with a tank load of psychedelic glam makes them the truest space rock goliaths of our time. Their preposterously prolific output, with studio albums now in double figures, has been one glorious trip to the outer reaches after another. White Hills’ music is not so much a sprawling and bloated psych-rock behemoth as a concentrated blast of otherworldly energy and so their shuddering, booming, blistering yet blissful intensity is something to behold; they are the worthiest of headliners for The Quietus’ stage.

They’ll be joined by Ghold, whose balance between crashing waves of and vacuums void of sound creates an unsettling feeling live and on record. Their latest release, 2017’s Stoic escalated the concept of stripping down sound, casting aside every unnecessary beat before inviting noiselessness to settle into the seams. It’s an experience to behold.

Snapped Ankles have long been lurking in the darkest depths of the wood. They are a feral, primal proposition, a quite literal force of nature. The band’s debut album Come Play The Trees rose from the soil last Autumn, a ferocious, frantic delight of an LP that made its way straight to the upper echelons of The Quietus’ favourites of 2017.

Also appearing on the bill are Newcastle based psych-noise supergroup, Melting Hand, the colossal, chaotic explosion of a band Casual Nun and garage-psych Londoners with hooks as catchy as their name, Swedish Death Candy. Yet again, The Quietus Stage holds the glory of hosting the most divergent stack of bands on the Desertfest lineup. Make sure you don’t miss out this May.