A day of metal music taking place in Newcastle is set to showcase the nation’s and region’s most popular metal acts including names such as Geist and Famine taking to the stage.
Byker Grave Festival will take over The Cluny in Newcastle on Saturday 2nd December.
Over the past few years, day festivals in the North East have been established to vast success showcasing up-and-coming artists from every genre, most notably Hit The North Festival earlier this year and Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough just last month.
Byker Grave is going to shine light on a genre heavily represented by growing local artists who are ‘lacking in exposure’, with the day festival set to give these acts a platform to which they can showcase their music to a larger demographic.
Topping the list of artists on show is death metal act, Omnipotent Hysteria. Formed in 2013, the band has gone from strength to strength with their first EP, ‘Reforged in the Embers of Monolithic Devastation’, acquiring the attention of record label, New Standard Elite. Following the announcement of the band signing to the label, they released their full-length debut in the form of ‘Abattoir of Slain Deities’ to great success, gaining fans from across the nation and even acquiring opportunities to play internationally in locations such as Portugal.
Alongside Omnipotent Hysteria, and towards the top of the festival billing, is Leeds three-piece metal outfit Famine who have become one of the most prominent figures from the emerging Leeds metal scene. Touring around the UK continuously, they have managed to build a following to which they can now headline across the UK. Following the release of their ‘Gold’ compilation CD, the band is set to make their return to the North East to the delight of many metal fans. Combining blast beats, hardcore guitar riffs, and harsh vocals, their blend of sounds sets them apart from many other peers in a genre which is seemingly reproducible amongst today’s dense market.
Topping the names from our region are Geist whose debut album, ‘Disrepair’, has been met with great acclaim amongst local fans, with ‘Sludgelord’ reviews describing it as “straight up savage from frantic start to grinding finish”. The five-piece act has grafted to become one of the most successful metal acts from the North East, giving a shining light to the fantastic local talent being birthed from the region in recent times.
Byker Grave is also set to showcase acts that have yet to reach the heights of these artists, such as local lads Exsanguinated and Leeds post-metal act Hundred Year Old Man whose debut LP, ‘Black Fire’, was released to critical acclaim on Gizeh Records.
As a genre, metal in the region holds a deep heritage with a vast amount of fans spawning from the North East. Its harsh and heavy tones have gone to soundtrack the lives of thousands around the area and the up-and-coming talent on display in recent times has been nothing but positive, with bands continuing to grow to unimaginable heights.
Byker Grave Festival is set to culminate all of these people under one roof to celebrate the talent from around the UK and help to envisage what the future of metal will be.
The event takes place at The Cluny, Newcastle on Saturday 2nd December with tickets, priced at £12.00, available from thecluny.com, The Cluny, Beatdown Records, RPM Music and Reflex CD Vinyl Newcastle.
This day-festival is one certainly not to be missed for any local fans of metal music with the showcase of artists whose futures are dependent on the local fans coming to support their art.