With less than two weeks before Damnation Festival, London’s traditional doom purveyors Serpent Venom have been added to the bill as a replacement for Mourning Beloveth who’ve been forced to cancel due to a reoccurring injury.The London quartet will step into the vacant slot on the riff-heavy Electric Amphetamine Stage which also features Conan, Moss, Palehorse, Slabdragger, Black Magician and Iron Witch.


The band said: “We are incredibly happy and excited to be asked to play this year’s Damnation Festival. The calibre of bands on this line up is superb, as always, and it is a real pleasure, as music fans, to be part of it.Quite a few of our friends bands are involved too, so we expect it will be one big party! We shall honour the absence of Mourning Beloveth by playing loud and hard for everyone. In doom we trust.”


While Mourning Beloveth send their apologies, they have also set their sights on making a Damnation Festival appearance in future: “We regretfully announce that we have to pull out of Damnation Festival. Frank has been suffering from carpal tunnel in in his hands for few years, and due to a severe flare up after the last mini tour and a work injury he is unable to play the show.Apologies to our fans, the promoters and anyone let down by this. Hopefully see you at Damnation in the future.”


Tickets sales for the 2013 edition of Damnation festival have been bettered only by those of 2008 which Carcass also headlined, and festival director Gavin McInally thanked fans for their continued support, and he comments: “The pre-sales this year have been so strong we’ve successfully been able to add a fourth stage and now out biggest concern is how packed the venues are going to be all day! With just over a week to go we’re buzzing about this year’s festival which we’re sure will be talked about for years to come. Tickets are still available to purchase online, and we’ll make sure that no matter how many are sold between now and the 2nd, there will be some available to purchase on the door.”


Tickets for Damnation Festival 2013 are on sale now, priced £34, available here and here.

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