(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
As we now inch to just a matter of days away from the highly-anticipated NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL this coming weekend, April 20th & 21st, there is up-to-the-minute news being announced.
First, there has been a change in the band roster for the festival, one that sees GOZU now added in the place of another act. They will headline the Salt Of The Earth Stage on Night 1.
Unfortunately, THE SKULL has had to cancel their participation and recent touring plans due to immigration issues.
Second, we are now able to share the full itinerary and set schedule for both days of NES&DF. As you know, this is the inaugural event of the fest and some of the truly best bands of the heavy rock underground will be performing. But first, there is a Pre-Fest Party set for April 19th where some of Connecticut’s premiere bands will be priming the masses beforehand.
This will happen at 33 Golden Street in New London, CT which is pretty much within earshot of Altones in Jewett City – Ground Zero for the NEW ENGLAND STONER AND DOOM FESTIVAL!
Here are all the bands now set to appear at the Pre-Fest Party + Day 1 and Day 2 of the Festival, they include:
** Pre-Fest Party – 4/19 **
** 4/20 & 4/21 **
(Note: bands are listed in the same order they were announced, this is not the lineup order..that is further below)
DEMON EYE / VOID KING / KINGS AND LIARS / SCISSORFIGHT / EARTHRIDE / CURSE THE SON / BANTH / SHADOW WITCH / FOGHOUND / BUZZARD CANYON / WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKS / HOREHOUND / LORD FOWL / DENIM PANTHER / WASTED THEORY / OXBLOOD FORGE / GHASTLY SOUND / CORTEZ / GEEZER / ATALA / KINGSNAKE / OL’ TIME MOONSHINE / GOZU
As you can see, there will be two stages running with staggered set times to prevent any overlap. That means you should be able to see every band you choose to see and not miss one while another may be playing.
Salt Of The Earth Records joined forces with S.C.E.N.E. Productions (Southeastern Connecticut Entertainment Networking Events), putting this event in place. Sponsorship includes Riff Relevant, underground music royalty The Obelisk site, as well as local businesses the Booze Barn and CT PRO Percussion.
‘Gold’ Tickets are on sale NOW via the NESD website here. The Gold Ticket package includes entry to 4/19 exclusive Pre-fest Party at 33 Golden in New London, CT and unlimited access to both days of fest on 4/20 and 4/21 in Jewett City, CT. Gold Package also includes a NESDF event t-shirt and a NESDF compilation CD.
For a more detailed list of sponsors and information on many of the bands, visit this LINK .