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The HDP/WPC Stage Returns at Desertfest 2019!

It wouldn’t be Desertfest without our brothers at The Human_Disease_Promo / WhenPlanetsCollide, who once again return to the underground’s biggest party. This year, the HDP/WPC Stage takes place on Saturday 4th May at The Underworld, bringing with it six colossal acts just itching to cause an earthquake that breaks the riffter scale.

Headliners for the day are Savannah, Georgia’s Black Tusk. Perhaps one of the heaviest out and out party bands ever to walk the Earth, Black Tusk have one hell of a bounce to them. Somewhere between the abrasive power of sludge, the driving pace of thrash and the raw energy of punk, they are pure headbanging insanity forged through the shit the world has thrown their way. If any band over the weekend is guaranteed a pit in the crowd, these are that band.

Joining them are The Skull, a band birthed by members of doom pioneers Trouble, who have gone on to carve out their own place and a well earned respect in the ever expanding doom scene. Hearkening back to a time when doom was all about no-nonsense chugging instrumentals, banging solos and powerful vocals, The Skull’s classic doom sound is masterfully executed and will be something to behold at Desertfest.

Two Glasgow based acts occupy the middle of the bill; first up, the two-piece riff n roll madness of Acid Cannibals. Made up of James T McKay (The Cosmic Dead) on guitar and vocals and Robert Marley (Droves) on drums, Acid Cannibals are short and sweet and barrelling towards you at a frightening pace. Their debut EP, last year’s Why Not Every Night is a ten-minute, in, oot, nae bother punk explosion which leaves a mark. Live, this should be intense.

Their city mates, Headless Kross, are, by their own description, “the ideal soundtrack to the slow unravelling of the world as we understand it”. Sludgy, doomy, fuzzy, psychy, and well tasty, their tripped-out, low-toned aural assault is something to behold. Flipping from plodding moments of anxiety inducing bleakness to the universe expanding spaced drones in a heartbeat, Headless Kross will be one hell of a journey.

The Grammy award winning Norwegians Årabrot return to Desertfest bringing their caustically unique and pummelling noise-rock immensity. Hanging in the air like a guillotine about to fall, the imposing sound of Årabrot manifests in many undefinable guises, but every part of their output lingers on the ears like the sentiment from some kind of lurking, opaque, spectral force. Truly unique on any and every lineup, if you miss these, you won’t get even a taste of what they offer with any other band at Desertfest.

Opening the day in the harshest, most jarring way possible, are Kalloused, a diamond within the burgeoning UK black metal scene. Providing an abrasive soundtrack of blackened doom, tinged with hardcore, noise and post-metal elements, their 2016 album Damn You Believer, comprised of six utterly brutal parts, will shake you awake on Saturday afternoon and then keep shaking you.

So, with your six acts introduced, one of the men behind the stage, Staggerin’ Matt, tells us “The goal of the HDP/WPC stage each year at Desertfest is to bring a mix of no nonsense, heavy as is out there, earth moving bands to the festival. Those which we not only dig personally, but who bring a dynamic and sonic force to ramp up the proceedings. For 2019 we’ve assembled another motley crue of riff rollin’, mind twisting, and sense engulfing bands to tear your heads clean off, as well as some to simply start a goddam party!”

Be sure not to miss what is always one of our liveliest, most destructive stages every year at Desertfest; catch The Human_Disease_Promo / WhenPlanetsCollide Stage at The Underworld on Saturday 4th May. Grab our last remaining tickets now while you still have the chance.

Stage Times and Final Bands for Desertfest 2019!

We’re now just under a month away from Desertfest 2019 and we’re pleased to round off our most diverse bill to date with a dozen more bands who’ll be bringing the party to Camden this May. Plus, we’re ready to release those all-important stage times so you can plan your mad dash around Camden; and no, Fu Manchu and Mondo Generator will not clash..

First up we’re pleased to reveal another brilliant stage curation, this time with a hearty group of maverick story-tellers whose ethos wholly lies in the underground culture - please welcome our good friends at Black Deer Festival to the family. As followers of Desertscene may have already noticed, we will be bringing a slice of the underground to their Americana Festival this June, so to give you a taste of what the deer park has in store we’ve handed over the reins of The Devonshire Arms to the BD crew for the final day of DF 2019.

The four hand-picked choice cuts appearing on the Black Deer Stage will include headliners for the night The Vanguards, who will bring a taster of traditional bluegrass after a hefty dose of heavy-riffs all weekend. The five piece mix their own original bluegrass recordings, inspired by the legends of old right through to present day influences, with faithful recreations of lesser known compositions of the genre.

They'll be joined throughout the day by the likes of Sheffield's The Fargo Railroad Co. letting loose a swampy dose of southern rock drawing from the groundwork laid down by Lynyrd Skynyrd and '38 Special. The Southern Companion, whose mastery of the Americana blend has been propelling them to exciting new heights. Plus openers for the day are The Outlaw Orchestra, a swaggering force of good old fashioned hillbilly-country rock bringing to mind ZZ Top filtered through Aerosmith. The Black Deer Stage will be unlike anything else that’s ever been showcased at Desertfest and we can't wait to hear The Dev steeped in an Americana strut.

That's not all for The Dev though, headlining Friday will be the DIY-ethic, violence-above-all-else ethos of Whoremoan. The quarter of a century (and then some) veterans of the punked-out, noise-rock underground, their approach is simply, here's a riff, we like it, you'll love it, and we're gonna hammer it home until it's ingrained in your DNA.

Please also welcome Cities of Mars, proving once again that Sweden has a legacy of riffs going back longer than time itself. Somewhere in a place between densely-packed grooves and ambitious, progressive atmospherics, they'll be an experience in the packed-out Dev. Orbital Junction also play the Camden boozer with their fuzzed-up to the eyeballs striding stoner sounds and finally kicking off the day are Oxford's Drore, whose collision of noise/doom/grunge is bound to be a sharp wake up call to anybody just drifting into Desertfest.

Elsewhere across the weekend are the Grammy Award winning Årabrot, who round out the Human_Disease_Promo / WhenPlanetsCollide Stage on Saturday at The Underworld. Staggerin' Matt gives a feel for the band, saying "Hanging in the air like a guillotine about to fall, the imposing sound of Årabrot manifests in many undefinable guises, but every part of their output lingers on the ears like the sentiment from some kind of lurking, opaque, spectral force."

Two more complete the Friday - at The Underworld we have Vokonis, a prog doom power trio drawing their genetic make up from Baroness to Pink Floyd, their melodic, yet distorted, menacing, but at the same time peaceful, approach drinks deep from the diverse well of heavy. Over at The Black Heart on Friday are Tel Aviv's The Great Machine, who bring righteous music from the Holy Land. Sounding like a sun dried Motörhead, their fusion of punky stoner is drunk and high at the same time without ever once greening out. Last, but by no means least are Wren who stroll up to The Black Heart on the Sunday. Taking in elements of noise rock legends Unsane and Shellac, as well as sludge heavyweights Neurosis, Kowloon Walled City, and Saturday headliners Amenra, Wren destroy in a live setting and should not be missed.

So, there you have it… our biggest showcase of the underground scene's finest is complete for another year! Plus, we’ve still got all the info on those messy afterparties to come next week. As ever, it's going to be a gigantic party right in the heart of Camden that you won't want to miss, so if you have left it until now so snap up your tickets – get to it and roll on May.