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Desertfest Belgium
DesertFest
Background information
Genre(s) Stoner Rock, Doom, Sludge, Psychedelic Rock & more
Date(s) October (Annually)
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Venue(s) Trix
Years active 2014-present
Promoter(s) Desertscene, Sound of Liberation
Associated Events DesertFest, DesertFest London, DesertFest Berlin, Desertfest Athens
Website Official Website

Desertfest Belgium is one of several annual festivals which run under the DesertFest banner. Each year, the festival is a three day event showcasing bands from the whole stoner rock scene. The festival takes place in Antwerp, Belgium. Desertfest Belgium was the third of the Desertfest events to be introduced, first being held in 2014 (unlike its English and German counterparts which were both first held in 2012[1]).

BackgroundEdit

The original DesertFest, DesertFest London, was first conceived of by Reece Tee and Jake Farey of the music promotions company Desertscene.[2] Desertscene started organising shows in 2009, the first of which was Truckfighters.[2] After gaining experience promoting individual bands and hearing the people at those shows' desire for a UK festival like Roadburn Festival, they decided to create DesertFest.[2]

The first Desertfest London was officially announced on 26th July 2011 via a Facebook post,[3] but posters advertising the festival were placed at London's High Voltage Festival.[4] Early on in development of the first edition of Desertfest London, the team behind the festival partnered with Sound of Liberation to make a German equivalent, DesertFest Berlin.[1] The first DesertFest Berlin was publicly announced, via Facebook, on October 9th 2011.[5]

After two successful years in London and Berlin, DesertFest was expanded into Belgium. On 23rd April 2014, the newly created Desertfest Belgium Facebook page confirmed that a Belgian edition of Desertfest would take place.[6] The event took place between Friday the 10th and Sunday the 12th of October, at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium.[6] The event has remained an annual fixture, continuing to take place at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium every October. A third edition of the event is scheduled to take place between the 14th and 16th of October in 2016.[7]

2014Edit

Brant Bjork - Freaks of Nature at Desertfest Belgium, 12-10-1410:17

Brant Bjork - Freaks of Nature at Desertfest Belgium, 12-10-14

The first edition of Desertfest Belgium was announced on 23rd April 2014 via a Facebook post. [7] The event took place between Friday 10th and 12th of October 2014 at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium. [7] On the same day, the first bands were announced for the event, which were Electric Wizard, Monkey3 and All Them Witches.[8] The headliners for the event were Kadavar, Electric Wizard and Fu Manchu.[9] By 8th October 2014, the festival was confirmed to have sold out of tickets.[10] On the same day, the band Slabdragger had to pull out of the festival due to health reason.[11] They were replaced by Old Man Lizard.[11]

Friday 10th October
Desert Stage Canyon Stage Vulture Stage
Kadavar The Bevis Frond Lecherous Gaze
Truckfighters Toner Low The Vintage Caravan
Blues Pills The Picturebooks Valley of the Sun
Witchrider


Saturday 11th October
Desert Stage Canyon Stage Vulture Stage
Electric Wizard Karma To Burn Purson
Yob The Shrine Celeste
Pallbearer Herder Your Highness
Satan's Satyrs Steak Dirty Fences
Cowboys & Aliens Moonward Death Alley
Dave Celia


Sunday 12th October
Desert Stage Canyon Stage Vulture Stage
Fu Manchu Monkey3 Pontiak
Brant Bjork Jex Thoth The Flying Eyes
Colour Haze Sardonis Black Moth
Conan Black Bombain Brutus
Old Man Lizard Moaning Cities 1000mods
Bloodnstuff

[9]

2015Edit

GREENLEAF "With Eyes Wide Open" @Desertfest Belgium - Oct. 10, 2015 Desert-Rock08:22

GREENLEAF "With Eyes Wide Open" @Desertfest Belgium - Oct. 10, 2015 Desert-Rock.com

On 12th June 2015, a second edition of the festival was announced via Facebook.[12] The event took place between Friday 9th October and Sunday 11th October, once again at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium.[12] On the same day, the first bands were announced as Melvins, who were initially set to headline the festival, with Fatso Jetson, Pyschonaut, 3rd Ear Experience and Fever Dog also playing.[12] On 13th July 2015, previously announced band Melvins were forced to cancel due to a previously reached exclusivity deal with Incubate festival in Tilburg.[13] The main stage headliners for the event were Dozer, Earth and Goatsnake.[14] Ruby the Hatchet were originally confirmed to play, but had to cancel their appearance, as well as their entire European tour, for personal reasons.[15]

Friday 9th October
Desert Stage Canyon Stage Vulture Stage
Dozer Stoned Jesus Cartlon Melton
Moon Duo The Machine Wucan
Monolord Psychonaut The Heavy Crown
Planet of Zeus


Saturday 10th October
Desert Stage Canyon Stage Vulture Stage
Earth Causa Sui Harsh Toke
Orange Goblin Mars Red Sky USA out of Vietnam
Greenleaf Vandal X Bathsheba
Monomyth Banda De La Muerte Sunder
Belzebong Progerians Deville
Pendejo


Sunday 10th October
Desert Stage Canyon Stage Vulture Stage
Goatsnake Fatso Jetson Child
Bongzilla Siena Root 3rd Ear Experience
Ufomammut Papir Maudlin
Valient Thorr Tangled Horns Fever Dog
Glowsun Crystal Head Black-Bone

[14]

2016Edit

Desertfest Belgium 2016

Promotional artwork for Desertfest Belgium 2016

On 12th October 2015, Desertfest Belgium confirmed through their Facebook account that the festival will be returning in 2016.[7] The festival will take place from the 14th to 16th October 2016 and will once again be held at Trix, Antwerp.[7][16]

On May 17, 2016, Desertfest Belgium announced their initial lineup though no headliners have been announced yet.[17]

Tentatitve LineupEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The DesertFest About (cache from May 13th 2015), accessed June 14th 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Heavy Chronicles Interview with Reece Tee of DesertFest, accessed 15th June 2015
  3. The DesertFest Facebook announcement of the inaugural DesertFest, accessed 16th June 2015
  4. The DesertFest Facebook poster for first DesertFest London seen at High Voltage Festival, accessed 16th June 2015
  5. DesertFest Berlin Facebook The DeserFest Berlin : 19th, 20th and 21st April 2012, first accessed 18th January 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 Desertfest Belgium Facebook Event Desertfest Belgium Event Page, accessed 19th January 2016
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Desertfest Belgium Thank you all for coming, you were awesome!, first accessed 7th November 2015
  8. Desertfest Belgium Facebook We're very happy to present to you the first bands for the very first edition of DESERTFEST BELGIUM, accessed 20th January 2016
  9. 9.0 9.1 Desertfest Belgium Facebook Third time's a charm. How hard can it be, right, accessed 20th January 2016.
  10. Desertfest Belgium Facebook We are very proud to announce that the first edition of Desertfest Belgium is completely SOLD OUT, accessed 20th January 2016
  11. 11.0 11.1 Desertfest Belgium Facebook Good news is usually followed with bad, accessed 20th January 2016
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Desertfest Belgium Facebook Thanks for your patience. Finally we have great news, accessed 20th January 2016
  13. Desertfest Belgium Facebook MELVINS FORCED TO CANCEL DESERTFEST 2015, accessed 20th January 2016
  14. 14.0 14.1 Desertfest Belgium Facebook You asked for it, you've been waiting for it..., accessed 20th January 2016
  15. Desertfest Belgium Facebook As some of you may already know, Ruby the Hatchet was forced to cancel their European tour, accessed 20th January 2016
  16. Desertfest Belgium Facebook Cover photo, first accessed November 7th 2015
  17. The ObeliskAccessed May 17, 2016.


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