UK crust punk veterans Doom have signed up to headline the fourth annual Santa Maria Summer Fest in Portugal later this year.


The Brummie crusties haven’t played in Portugal for 20 years, but they’ll make their return to the country alongside the likes of VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC (which stands for ‘Vaginal Penetration of an Amelus with a Musty Carrot’, in case you were wondering), Göatfukk, The Sorcerer and a host of underground Portuguese bands at SMSF this summer.


The three-day knees-up, which boasts free (yes, free) entrance and camping, will take place from Friday 7th-Sunday 9th of June in the southern Portuguese city of Beja.


Doom are set to headline on Saturday, and other bands due to appear across the weekend are: Iberia, Grog, Holocausto Canibal, Process of Guilt, Gwydion, Crise Total, We are the Damned, Midnight Priest, Morte Incandescente, Irae, Alcoholocaust, Alchemist, Revengeance, Utopium and Ho-Chi-Minh.


As well as a blistering line-up of bands, attendees can check out comic book exhibitions and meet a host of graphic novelists at the festival’s Casa de Cultura.


Plus, anyone going along will be able to help some really worthwhile causes too. SMSF volunteers will be collecting toys, food, clothes and other goods at the event to donate to both the Portuguese Red Cross and Loja Social de Beja, and punters are urged to bring something along with them to donate.


“We’re slowly turning Beja into one of the landmarks of the Portuguese Underground,” said SMSF’s organisers. “In 4 years we’ve grown from 4 to 19 bands. We’re bringing one of the most legendary crust punk bands to our hometown.


“This festival is like a projection of what we want in an extreme music environment. We couldn’t be happier about it.”


For more information about this year’s festival, check out its Facebook page and official website.

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