(((O))) Category: Festivals

Portals 2024, EartH London

Portals has exactly the atmosphere that I always want from a music festival: of walking through, well, a portal and into a nerdy utopia where everyone “gets” you. Every interaction throughout the weekend – between other fans, venue staff, security, volunteers, vendors, musicians, photographers – was friendly, warm and convivial. So at the start and the end of the day, it’s the people who make the atmosphere..

Festival Review: Uprising 7 – Leicester O2 Academy

As summer rapidly approaches with the arrival of the second bank holiday in May, the sunshine blazes down on Leicester, a city that has once again got a positive vibe about it. With the city’s football team having just been promoted to the Premier Leag …

Desertfest 2024, London

It’s true that the burning bowl at the core of Desertfest’s pipe will always be a fuggy mélange of stoner, psych, doom, drone, and all that good stuff.  But – having been lucky enough to attend Desertfest almost every year since its inauguration in 2012 -– I’ve seen it move on from predictable flavours to a more diverse, heady smoke. . . We all got gloriously high on the pungent sounds and the phenomenal atmosphere of Desertfest 2024.  

Roadburn Festival 2024

Our metal editor Sander van den Driesche went to Roadburn Festival last April, and was happy to report that after last year’s experimental line-up this year’s festival had a great balance between traditional heaviness and more experimental artists.

Festival Preview – Portals 2024

Portals 2024 is set to be the biggest and best year yet for this incredible underground, DIY festival. We’re talking guitar music of all stripes: post-, alt-, math-, prog-, psych-, shoegaze, blackgaze, metal-adjacent, all along the spectrum up to metal. I really hope to meet some of our readers there!

Festival Preview – Uprising 7

Uprising Festival, the East Midlands metal extravaganza makes a welcome return  to the O2 Academy in Leicester on Saturday May 25 and this year’s bill, the seventh incarnation of the festival, could easily be the greatest in its history.

Disemboweled God Fest 2024 – Seattle, WA

Seattle’s Michael Freiberger (owner of Satanik Royalty Records and director/booker for Disemboweled God Fest) pulled off an incredible feat for the second consecutive year: packing an intimate venue with top-notch national and regional purveyors of death metal to celebrate the genre in all its glorious forms.

Satanik Royalty Records Showcase

The joyous 2-day showcase of Satanik Royalty Records artists was a testament to the vibrancy of the Seattle music scene and the importance of one of its most important members, Michael Freiburger.

Perpetual Flame Volume 2

The final ever gigs of LINGUA IGNOTA were in London. Sinner, get ready to cry.

Sonic Dissonance

Simon Mernagh went to the inaugural festival edition of underground heavy music festival Sonic Dissonance in Edinburgh.

Supersonic Festival 2023

I went to Supersonic and I had a really great time. You know I did, of course I did, because it’s a brilliant festival with a packed bill of excellent bands. “It’s not an accident, it’s a choice.” 

ArcTanGent 2023

Rather than give a play-by-play review of ArcTanGent, I want to write about a few of my personal highlights of the festival. The beauty of the setup is that you can dip in and out of sets; nothing is more than a few minutes’ walk away. . .

Festival Review: Core.

So was the first instalment of Core. Festival a success? In almost every respect, yes.

Festival Preview – ArcTanGent 2023

ArcTanGent, the Bristol-based, independent festival starts tomorrow, with a variety of over 50 acts. Jody Dunstan steers carefully through the clash-finder and picks out his personal favourites.

Preview: Supersonic Festival 2023

Rejoice friends! If the endless rain doesn’t wash us all into the filthy sea then Supersonic festival will be upon us in less than a month’s time. An undoubted pinnacle of underground music’s calendar, this year it will be celebrating its twentieth birthday. . . It’s going to be quite a party, come ready. If you’re still dithering about that now is the time to commit.    

Music with a side of French coast: Pointu Festival 2023 – Day 3

Day number three. The wild ride was nearing its conclusion, having lined up some its heaviest hitters for a real knockout of a grand finale.

Music with a side of French coast: Pointu Festival 2023 – Day 2

Day number two at Pointu Festival held promise of a slightly heavier-hitting set of performances. I resurrected in a puddle of drool and crumpled notes scattered across the apartment floor, feeling sore but ready to face the last ten hours of a sunny festive Saturday in the south.

Music with a side of French coast: Pointu Festival 2023 – Day 1

With its killer line-up and heavenly setting at the far end of France, Pointu Festival’s seventh edition seemed a fitting destination to question my life choices.

Festival Preview: core.

A new exciting underground heavy music festival in Glasgow.

Focus Wales 2023 – 10 Things I Love About You!

With the sun now settled on another edition of the ever excellent Focus Wales festival, held every year in the North Wales town (oops…now a city) of Wrexham, its maybe time for a some reflection on another wonderful three days of music and networking

Desertfest London 2023 – Sunday

Acid Mammoth, Bloodswamp, WALL and Warren Schoenbright: just four of the highlights of Chris Keith-Wright’s mnorable final day at Desert Fest.

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