Each year between us we spend a lot of money attending festivals, as you well know we are involved with Beermageddon and we really enjoy Bloodstock. The UK has a couple of very well-known festivals like Download and this year sees the return of Sonisphere. For those who can afford it or are lucky enough to be working it there are quite a few well known, very large festivals in Europe (Wacken, Hellfest, Inferno) and for those with very large budgets, a few festivals in the US worthy of a visit (70000 tons, Maryland Deathfest). I have recently been introduced to a couple of festivals I had never heard of (Hostile Territory) as well as the new festivals who have their first outing in 2014 (Radfest).
So here we have a month by month of breakdown of as many as I can find, there are probably some I've missed but here are more than your wallets will handle.
Hostile Territory will take place in Folken, Løkkevn 24, 4008 Stavanger, Norway on January 23-25, 2014. Most importantly our good friends in Wretched Soul are playing immediately before the Special Guests Septic Flesh on the Friday
70000 Tons of Metal will be sailing out of Miami to an unknown destination on January 27-31, 2014. If money were no object I would love to be on this and enjoy sets from Carcass, Death and Fear Factory among others.
Blastfest will take place in Bergen, Norway on February 20-22, 2014. As you can probably guess from the name this is quite a heavy festival with the likes of Anaal Nathrakh and Vader playing it's my kind of festival.
Heaven & Hell Metal Fest will take place in México City on March 15-16, 2014. Another chance to see Carcass and Opeth in a part of the world where laws may be slightly more liberal and the local flora can be very good fun.
Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse will take place in Chicago IL, U.S.A. on April 04, 2014. Lots of US bands I know very little about, so possibly a gold mine of talent.
Inferno Festival will take place in Oslo, Norway on April 16-19, 2014. Another varied line-up covering Dimmu Borgir through to Hatebreed.
Very ‘Eavy Festival will take place at De Spont, Gandhiplein 4, Stadskanaal, Netherlands on April 18-19, 2014. Tygers Of Pan Tang feature on this line-up
Now things start to get busy
Heavy Days In Doomtown in Copenhagen, Denmark will happen again in 2014 and the dates will be 1st – 4th May. Sludge/stoner/Doom bands galore.
Temples is an independent music festival, taking place in May 2014, at Bristol’s famed MOTION venue between 2nd - 4th May. Another varied line-up of bands that have played many much bigger, well established festivals
Maryland Deathfest will take place at Baltimore Soundstage, Main Venue – Edison Lot, Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD, USA on May 22-25, 2014.
Hellfest 2014 will take place in Clisson, France on June 20-22, 2014. Slayer and Black Sabbath need I say more?
Les-Fest June 27th – 29th Crossford, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Loads of great talent from the UK
Iron Maiden and Metallica been announced as headliners for Sonisphere 4th – 6th July 2014 at Knebworth. Plenty more bands across a few more stages so bound to be something for everyone and I think they're keen to make a big impact after last year.
Total Metal Open Air Festival will take place at Piscine Comunali, Bitonto in Bari, Italy on July 19-20, 2014. Moonspell will be appearing over the course of the 2 days along with a mix of other artists.
SOS Fest19th - 20th July at Radcliffe Civic, North Manchester. Another small independent festival hosting some of the best up and coming talent.
August has at least half a dozen festivals happening and like the festivals mentioned above there is something happening somewhere nearby within your budget range so you really should be experiencing the festival sights, sounds and unfortunately smells. These festivals can cost as little as £40 for a weekend so get a group of mates, a car, a tent and some beers and have a great summer.
If you can't afford even that much many festivals rely on volunteers to keep things running smoothly in a variety of roles and you usually only have to work a couple of hours and have the rest of the festival to enjoy.
Article written by Pandemonium Tom, February 2014