The second day of this year’s edition features excellent line-ups at each of the four venues in Camden, and indeed it was the first day of the weekend to sell out, which considering the strength of the rest of the bill is some going.
The Electric Ballroom will see the Black Spiders pass through London for the final time on their farewell tour. With hook heavy tracks like ‘KISS Tried To Kill Me’ and ‘Stay Down’, their early evening slot will build up the atmosphere to the following acts. After headlining the Friday Night with the Iconic stoners Slo–Burn, John Garcia returns on the Saturday with his band in support of his recent The Coyote Who Speaks In Tongues acoustic album. Expect a few Kyuss numbers thrown in during one of the must see sets of the whole weekend. Headliners Turbonegro are probably one of the most adventurous headliners in Desertfest’s history, but somehow seems a really good call. The self styled Norwegian death punks will close this particular bill with 75 minutes of of high octane lunacy, stage antics and above all, great tunes that will leave you gasping for more by the end of the set.
Over at The Underworld, we see another trio of acts at the top end of the bill that could rival any stoner/doom tour that is currently doing the circuit. Inter Arma are back in Europe after supporting Carcass in America. They bring with them a hellish noise influenced by every facet of heavy music, as well as a few more progressive and psychedelic elements. A band that you feel could maybe headline a Desertfest in the not too distant future. Scissorfight follow, with their first Underworld appearance for a decade, it’s going to be a night where you either get involved down at the front or hold on for dear life as the New Hampshire band bring a new vocalist, but the same old attitude to the UK for an hour of chaos. Bongzilla headline this bill with their first show in London for nearly fourteen years, but also their first of this weekend’s two sets. This one focuses on older material, and is sure to be hazy end to the night.
The Black Heart sees another top line-up, this time featuring a couple of the UK’s finest taking to the stage. Liverpudlians Iron Witch return to Desertfest in the build up to the release of their new album with a set full of whisky soaked sludge that will leave you with the biggest hangover of the weekend. A little later comes the fantastically named Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, one of the best new bands on the UK scene. They seem to be cropping up everywhere at the moment, on plenty of tours, and the Welsh foursome have a familiar but also refreshing take on the stoner doom sound.
The Devonshire Arms also has a fine selection of bands, topped off by Chron Gen, who have been selected by the festival to start the proceeding of the festival after party. The Canadians bring their finely crafted mixture of melody and aggression to Camden to see the day out in style. All that’s left do after they have finished is to try and recover in time to do it all again on the Sunday.