UK metal festival round-up: From Hammerfest to Bloodstock

UK metal festival round-up: From Hammerfest to Bloodstock


We take a closer look at 2015's line-ups, which feature the likes of Metallica, Kiss and Slipknot

As Godflesh, Onslaught and Conan join the latest announcements for this year’s Bloodstock, it’s the perfect time to check out the line-ups rocking some of the best metal events across this year’s festival season.

First out the blocks and avoiding the pitfalls of the British weather by taking over a holiday camp for a proper old school headbanger’s ball. 2015’s fest has a Pirate Metal Marauders theme featuring Blitzkreig, Kamelot, Xentrix, Candlemass, Hell, Raging Speedhorn and Orange Goblin.
Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Wales, 12—15 Mar.

There’s a stoner vibe and prog leanings at DesertFest. Another indoor festival this time spread across a handful of London’s key venues (including Koko, The Electric Ballroom, The Underworld and The Black Heart). Headliners Red Fang, EyeHateGod and Sleep are joined by Orange Goblin, Brant Bjork & the Low Desert Punk Band, Karma to Burn, Noothgrush, Angel Witch, SSS and more.
Various venues, London, 24—26 Apr.

Temples Festival
Taking over Bristol’s Motion venue with a more experimental take on extreme metal, hardcore and noise. This year’s Temples Festival is headlined by Converge, Sunn O))) and Earth. Nails, Goatwhore, Bongzilla, Pig Destroyer, Triptykon, Voivod and Pallbearer provide intense support across three indoor stages.
Motion, Bristol, 29—31 May.

The biggest rock and metal festival in the country once again flexes its muscles as heavyweight headliners Slipknot, Muse and Kiss bring the noise to the hallowed grounds of Donnington. Plus an equally impressive undercard featuring Judas Priest, Faith No More, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Billy Idol, Enter Shikari and Lamb of God.
Donnington Park, Derby, 12-14 Jun.

Les-Fest WildFire
Scotland’s own boutique metal fest featuring a mix of up-and-coming talent and NWOBHM favourites. Tygers of Pan Tang rub shoulders with Holocaust, Ten, Lawnmower Deth, Cold Spell, Estrella, Tyson Dog and The Amorettes.
Winston Lodge, Biggar, 26—28 Jun.

The metal festival for true metal heads. Mixing death, doom, thrash and pure metal with Trivium, Sabaton, Within Temptation, Opeth, Napalm Death, Rob Zombie, Black Label Society, Sepultura and Cannibal Corpse among the faithful keeping the mosh pit a moshing.
Catton Park, Derbyshire, 6—9 Aug.

Reading and Leeds
Closing out the rock festival season Reading and Leeds usually have a fairly eclectic line-up but never skimp when it comes to the heavy stuff. After slaying Glastonbury, thrash titans Metallica were an early booking. Though fellow headliners Mumford & Sons might leave you cold, Royal Blood, Pierce the Veil and Refused add to the riff count.
Little John’s Farm, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds, 28—30 Aug.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Leeds Festival

Evergreen music showcase.

Bramham Park, Wetherby

Wed 25 Aug

£25 / 01937 846000

Reading Festival

Evergreen music showcase.

Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading

Wed 25 Aug

£20–£25 / 0118 960 6060

Thu 26 Aug

Times to be confirmed / £20–£25 / 0118 960 6060

WildFire Festival

Scotland throws up the devil horns for its award-winning rock and metal festival. Acts for 2020 include Control the Storm, Black Aces, Trucker Diablo and more.

Temples Festival

Uncompromising 'heavy music' festival. Focusinfg on the experimental, extreme end of metal, hardcore and noise. Headlined by Converge, Sunn O))) and Earth. Plus Nails, Goatwhore, Bongzilla, Trap Them, Between the Buried & Me, Pig Destroyer, Triptykon, Voivod, Pallbearer and more across three indoor stages.

Bloodstock Open Air

The heaviest major metal festival in the UK famed for its love of hard rock, thrash and more metal. Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Hell, Testament, Obituary and Decapitated announced for 2016.

Download Festival

Heavy metal and hard rock extravaganza. 2018's line-up includes headliners Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Ozzy Osbourne.

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