During the weekend of October 18-20 2019, for the 6th time you’re welcome in Trix Antwerp for the Belgian edition of Desertfest. The international rock and metal fest attracts every year a couple of thousand of visitors from all over the world to the city. Also this year the event is going steadily towards being sold out. For Belgian artists at the festival it’s a perfect time to prove their value to a big international public.
Also this year the organisation has done its best to come up with a combination of established and up-and-coming Belgian talent. In this they also make sure that a wide spectrum of genres is covered, to be able to present a varied sampler of the local underground.
The Belgian rock lover is probably already familiar with Crayon Sun, the collaboration between Aldo Struyf (Millionnaire, Mark Lanegan Band, Creature With The Atom Brain) and the Antwerp blues vocalist Big Dave. Fire Down Below has already turned quite some heads all over the world in the stoner rock scene. With their debut album “Viper Vixen Goddess“, the band was picked up by the Californian label Ripple Music, to end up being label mates with names like Wo Fat and Mos Generator.
The instrumental space rockers of Grotto are also going in the right direction to internationally have their name known. The band actually came together after a visit to Desertfest, so a spot on their stages feels like completing the circle. The Progerians from Brussels have been building their path for a while already with their hard-as-nails sludge punk and just recently released their 2nd full-length “Crush the wise men who refuse to submit“. Vonnis from Gent goes a tad bit more extreme – chaotic hardcore noise from the Hypertension Records stable where also Cocaine Piss has a place to rage. And last but not least, they already earlier announced the fun noise collective 30,000 Monkies.
Six strong talents, who will share the Desertfest stage with an impressive international line-up. The headliners of this year are Zeal & Ardor (black metal/soul/blues that recently had a great passage at Werchter and was one of the best shows of Graspop 2018), Ty Segall & The Freedom Band (The devil-does-all of the garage rock underground scene) and Sleep (most likely quite known to you, because we assume that you haven’t been living under a rock the past 25 years). Support your local scene!
For more information about the festival and the line-up you can go here: http://www.desertfest.be/