Having successfully staged Damnation Fest at Manchester’s BEC Arena for the first time in November, festival organisers have confirmed the first batch of bands for this year’s return on Saturday November 4.
Belgian post-metal collective Amenra will be performing their only UK show of 2023. Two german heavyweights are also confirmed in the form of doomsters Ahab and black metallers Downfall Of Gaia.
Among the domestic contingent confirmed so far are Heriot, Strigoi and Ashenspire, each making their Damnation debut.
Festival organiser Gavin McInally said: “This is just the start of what we expect to be the most exciting line-up we’ve ever put together. We’re already delighted with how this year is shaping up.
“Other than the Igorrr show in London, this will be Amenra’s only performance in the UK in 2023 and the prospect of their live ritual in an arena setting is worth the price of admission alone.
“Ahab have been a huge hit with Damnation fans since pummelling our Eyesore Merch Stage with a memorable headline set nine years ago, and with the release of their brilliant new record, having them at Damnation for their only UK show in 2023 is a major coup.
“Similarly, having a rare slice of Rotten Sound’s grind and the polished blackened post-metal of Downfall of Gaia, alongside the UK debut showing for US thrashers High Command are several more reasons why Damnation is a must-attend event.”
Tickets are back on sale now, along with instalment options, as well as discounted combo tickets which include the bumper Friday night event – A Night of Salvation (featuring several special sets, to be announced soon).