Damnation Festival

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Damnation Festival
Genre Extreme metal, heavy metal, hardcore punk
Dates October/November
Location(s) University of Leeds, Leeds, England
Years active 2005–present
Website
www.damnationfestival.co.uk

The Damnation Festival is a one-day heavy metal music festival currently held annually at the University of Leeds, Leeds, England, and organised by Gavin McInally, Paul Farrington and Becky Laverty. The festival was originally held at Jilly's Rockworld in Manchester.[1]

Damnation 2005[edit]

The first Damnation Festival was held on 16 October 2005 at Jillys Rockworld, Manchester, England. There were fifteen bands over two stages, headlined by Raging Speedhorn and Entombed. Tickets for the inaugural festival were priced at £13.[2]

Main Stage Terrorizer Stage

Raging Speedhorn
Sikth
Charger
Fourway Kill
The Inbreds
Forever Never
Allerjen
Amends to the Dead

Entombed
Gorerotted
Gutworm
Conquest of Steel
Mercury Rain
Nailed
Dawn of Chaos

Damnation 2006[edit]

The second annual Damnation Festival was held on 15 October 2006 at Jillys Rockworld, Manchester, England. There were fourteen bands over two stages, headlined by The Haunted and Akercocke. Tickets for the festival were priced at £15.[3]

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage

The Haunted
Skindred
Biomechanical
Murder One
Head-On
Kingsize Blues
Evile

Akercocke
Stampin' Ground
Ephel Duath
Send More Paramedics
Mistress
Madman is Absolute
Speed Theory

Damnation 2007[edit]

The third annual Damnation Festival was held on 20 October 2007 and saw the festival move to a new venue at Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, England. There were eighteen bands over two stages, headlined by Kreator and Anaal Nathrakh. Tickets for the festival were priced at £22.[4]

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage

Kreator
Amen
Orange Goblin
Raging Speedhorn
Panic Cell
The Inbreds
Romeo Must Die
Malefice

Anaal Nathrakh
Kataklysm
Aborted
1349
Narcosis
Ted Maul
Man Must Die
Lazarus Blackstar
Soulfracture
Dead Beyond Buried

Damnation 2008[edit]

The fourth annual Damnation Festival was held on 22 November 2008 and saw the festival move to another new venue at University of Leeds, Leeds, England. The change of venues allowed the festival to expand to three stages incorporating seventeen bands with headliners Carcass, Cathedral and Pitchshifter. Tickets for the festival were priced at £29.[5]

British band Raging Speedhorn were initially booked to play the festival in what would be their last ever show, however they later canceled to take on a more lucrative final tour in Japan. Carcass would make this show their only UK show on their comeback tour.

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Rock Sound Stage

Carcass
My Dying Bride
Sigh
Onslaught
Taint

Pitchshifter
Napalm Death
Benediction
The Berzerker
Desecration
Red Mist

Cathedral
Devil Sold His Soul
Ramesses
*shels
Latitudes
Mountains Became Machines

Damnation 2009[edit]

The fifth annual Damnation Festival was held on 24 October 2009 at University of Leeds, Leeds, England. The organizers have announced the festival would again cover three stages but open doors earlier to allow for more bands and less clashes across the stages.[6] Headline acts for 2009 were Life of Agony, Lock Up and Jesu.

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Rock Sound Stage

Life of Agony
Therapy?
Destruction
Anathema
Electric Wizard
The Gates Of Slumber
Firebird

Lock Up
Rotting Christ
Akercocke
Mistress
Negura Bunget
Mithras
Charger
Nazxul

Jesu
This Will Destroy You
A Storm of Light
Minsk
Manatees
And So I Watch You From Afar
Stand-Up Guy
Rinoa

Life of Agony's headline slot was their only UK appearance in 2009.[7]

This appearance was Mistress's last ever show and Rotting Christ's only English show for 2009.[8]

Negura Bunget and Extreme Noise Terror were originally booked to play the Terrorizer stage but both had to pull out. Negura Bunget played a make up set in May 2010 at sister festival Deathfest.

On 3 June Entombed were announced on the festival line up. On 23 June the bands management issued a statement announcing that the band would not appear at the festival.[9]

Damnation 2010[edit]

The sixth annual Damnation Festival was held on 6 November 2010 at University of Leeds, Leeds, England. Again the festival covered three stages. The Dillinger Escape Plan and Paradise Lost[10] co-headlined the Jägermeister Stage, whilst Discharge headlined the Terrorizer stage and Alcest the Rock Sound Stage. Early bird ticket prices were £19 and full price tickets £27.

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Rock Sound Stage

The Dillinger Escape Plan
Paradise Lost
earthtone9
Sabbat
Lawnmower Deth
Rolo Tomassi
Panic Cell
Mutant

Discharge
Anaal Nathrakh
Hecate Enthroned
Fukpig
Short Sharp Shock
The Antichrist Imperium
Bonesaw
Colonel Blast
Diascorium

Alcest
The Ocean
Esoteric
October File
Maybeshewill
Fen
The Mire
The Construct

  • Festival organisers ran competitions to determine the opening bands for each of the three stages. The Construct won the competition for the Rock Sound stage 45% of the total 4000 votes cast.
  • The competition for the terrorizer stage ended in a dead heat and both Diascorium and Colonel Blast were given opening slots on the stage.
  • Mutant won the competition for the opening slot of the Jägermeister Stage.

Damnation 2011[edit]

The seventh annual Damnation Festival was held on 5 November 2011 at University of Leeds, Leeds, England. Again the festival covered three stages, with headliners Devin Townsend Project, Ulver and God is an Astronaut.[11]

Early bird tickets went on sale in December 2010 for £19.50 and full price tickets £29. Decapitated were forced to pull out after surviving a plane crash. Returning from their US tour, the plane was forced to make a landing with no landing gear in their native Poland.[12]

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Zero Tolerance Stage

Devin Townsend Project
Godflesh
Grand Magus
Evile
Turisas
Illuminatus
Xerath

Ulver
Decapitated Withdrew from festival
Doom
Chthonic
Dragged Into Sunlight
Shining
A Man Called Catten
Cerebral Bore

God is an Astronaut
Amplifier
Altar of Plagues
Talons
Astrohenge
Conan
A Forest of Stars
Humanfly

Damnation 2012[edit]

The Eighth annual Damnation Festival was held across three stages at the University of Leeds student union, Leeds, England, on Saturday 3 November.

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Eyesore Merch Stage

Electric Wizard
My Dying Bride
Primordial
Gama Bomb
Textures
Devil Sold His Soul
Hawk Eyes

Pig Destroyer
Belphegor
Aura Noir
Vreid
Extreme Noise Terror
Winterfylleth
Hang the Bastard
The Atrocity Exhibit

AmenRa
Maybeshewill
40 Watt Sun
Bossk
BlackListers
Wodensthrone
Ravens Creed

Damnation 2013[edit]

The ninth annual Damnation Festival was held across three stages at the University of Leeds student union, Leeds, England, on Saturday 2 November. The event was headlined by Carcass in their only UK headlining show of 2013 following the release of their new album.

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Eyesore Merch Stage Electric Amphetamine Stage

Carcass
Katatonia
God Seed
SSS
Shining (NOR)
Twilight of the Gods

Rotting Christ
Vallenfyre
Negura Bunget
Dyscarnate
Voices
The Afternoon Gentlemen
Diamanthian

Cult Of Luna
Crippled Black Phoenix
The Ocean
Rosetta
Year Of No Light
Tides from Nebula
Dirge

Conan
Moss
Serpent Venom
Palehorse
Slabdragger
Black Magician
Iron Witch

Damnation 2014[edit]

The 10th Damnation Festival was held at Leeds University Union on Saturday 1 November and featured a total of 26 bands across four stages. The sold out event saw a crowd of approximately 4000 in attendance.

Headliners for the event were UK death-metal act Bolt Thrower who played their only UK performance for 2014 at the festival.[13] October File were booked to play the festival but were forced to withdraw prior to the event, they were replaced by Dyscarnate.

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Eyesore Merch Stage PHD Stage

Bolt Thrower
Saint Vitus
Orange Goblin
Raging Speedhorn
Stampin' Ground
Dyscarnate

Cannibal Corpse
Anaal Nathrakh
Revocation
Winterfylleth
Aeon
Xerath
Amputated

Fen
Wodensthrone
A Forest of Stars
CODE
Falloch
Obsidian Kingdom
Bast

Ahab
Monarch!
Sólstafir
Hark
Black Moth
Atlantis
Corrupt Moral Altar

Damnation 2015[edit]

The 11th Damnation Festival was held at Leeds University Union on Saturday 7 November and featured a total of 27 bands across four stages. The event was headlined by At The Gates

Jägermeister Stage Terrorizer Stage Eyesore Merch Stage Electric Amphetamine Stage

At The Gates
High on Fire
Sólstafir
The Ocean
Oathbreaker
Savage Messiah

Primordial
Asphyx
Keep of Kalessin
Vreid
Voices
Wiegedood
The King is Blind

Mono
Amenra
Altar of Plagues
Maybeshewill
Crown
Talons
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster

40 Watt Sun
The Wounded Kings
Witchsowrrow
Ghold
Sea Bastard
Ohhms
Undersmile


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