Following our announcement in the printed pages of the current issue, #043 – if you haven’t bought it yet you really should – we’re here to spread the news that we’ve put our name to this year’s Leeds Damnation Festival further still. We won’t just be there in spirit, this year we’ve adopted an entire stage complete with 8 bands. With our plans of extreme music journalism world-domination gathering pace, we found it very hard to resist the temptation of plastering the magazine’s good name across the festival…
Now in its seventh year, Damnation has grown in status year-on-year and we are proud to endorse the newly tagged Zero Tolerance stage. Featuring a host of names familiar to our pages, including A Forest Of Stars, Humanfly, Altar Of Plagues and Conan, you can forget the Houses of Parliament this November 5th. Leeds University is where it’s at and judging by 2011’s lineup, the roof might just blow off!
The festival takes place over not one, not two, but three stages, with the likes of Grand Magus, Ulver, The Devin Townsend Project and Godflesh poised to make us involuntarily “oooooooh” and “aaaaaaaah” as they dazzle us with their explosive performances.
21 bands in all and tickets are onsale for £29 – full details at the end of this post!
Apathy in the UK!
Despite arguably being the festival’s strongest lineup to date, the organiser has intimated (in an open forum) that if ticket sales don’t pick up, this could be the last event under the Damnation banner. If everyone who said they were going to go actually bought a ticket and stayed true to their word, the festival would have a fighting chance of survival into 2012. The same can be said about live events in general, and we urge you to use the internet as the valuable source of information it undeniably is but to turn it off once in a while and shift your butts into a real-life, and potentially sweaty, live environment. Okay, you might balk at over-inflated beer prices and the fact that there’s no comfy chair to park your ass in for the duration, but that’s all part of the live experience. It’s no secret that the music industry is in a pretty dodgy state and we should all remember that UK promoters are finding it increasingly difficult to bring the bands you want to see live to the stage when the very people who profess to love them can’t find it within themselves to get out to see them.
Clicking “yes” to a Facebook gig invite is easy, but actually getting along to see the wealth of bands – large and small – that the UK hosts is the only way to keep the UK live platform alive.
Zero Tolerance is associated with a wealth of live events and we’ll keep doing our bit to make sure you know about them. Just don’t forget that it’s more entertaining reading a live review of a show you went to – especially when you discover you have an opposing opinion to the writer!
Damnation stage times and a word from each of the bands playing the Zero Tolerance stage will be online over the coming days.