NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL Lineup Revealed & VIP Team Member Contest

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor,

At the beginning of November, Riff Relevant announced the NEW ENGLAND STONER & DOOM FESTIVAL was coming in April 2018… we have more news about the lineup, as well as a contest they’re having!

Salt Of The Earth Records joined forces with S.C.E.N.E. Productions (Southeastern Connecticut Entertainment Networking Events) to organize a new heavy music festival with a special focus on New England regional bands, and scheduled for the weekend of April 20th and 21st, 2018.

The New England Stoner & Doom Festival is scheduled to take place at Altones, in Jewett City, Connecticut (in Southern CT) and will bring together some of the more beloved heavy underground bands for a two-day/two-stage celebration of massive riffs on the most stoner-fied weekend of the year.  The festival is also sponsored by a few folks, including us here at Riff Relevant, as well as The Obelisk, Booze Barn, and CT PRO Percussion.

They’ve also thrown in an extra day to celebrate Connecticut’s very own, with a Festival Pre-Party on April 19th.  The collection of US locales represented by the roster includes:  Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, plus Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Who knows what else is coming…

Before we get to the bands, check this out… NESD Fest is holding a contest to be a VIP Team Member! Go to their Facebook page (click here or image for post/entry) and chime in your answer to enter! You could win a full NESD Fest Pass with a prize pack. Get your entry in before December 23rd!

The Pre-Fest Party has four great stoner rock and doom metal bands from the NE local scene coming together to get you warmed up for the full heated weekend of New England Stoner and Doom Fest 2018.  The Pre-Fest event takes place at a smaller, more intimate venue at 33 Golden Street in New London, CT, which just is a hop, trip, and bong hit away from Jewett City,

You can click any band name below to link to their own Facebook page, as well as click any image to open photos and read some quick info about each band.


** Pre-Fest Party – 4/19 **


Now that we’re all loosened up and half-deaf, here comes the major list of heavy lifters to kick our heads in over the full festival weekend.  There are still several more bands to be announced in the next few weeks, but this is the roster we have so far:

**  4/20 & 4/21 **

(Note: bands are listed in the same order they were announced, this is not the lineup order)




The New England Stoner and Doom Fest 2018 sponsors are:

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