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** 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.