Northern Darkness Festival cancelled, Byker Grave Festival announced

Previously we wrote about a very promising upcoming festival taking place in Newcastle-Upon-Tyme in the UK on 8th December 2013. By this time it would have been great if we had been able to write about more bands added to the line-up or simply promote the ones that had already been added.

Unfortunately this is not the case. The organisers of Northern Darkness Festival have come up with the following announcement:

“Today we must deliver the disappointing news that The Northern Darkness Festival has been cancelled. The aim of the festival was to bring the best in unsigned and International death and black metal artists from around the world to a new event in the UK more akin to the European festival line-ups.
Unfortunately despite a lot of interest from bands wanting to play from all over the world we have not seen the same level of interest from the general public and to date ticket sales have been extremely disappointing, and it is with this in mind we have to make to unfortunate decision not to continue with the event.
In short events like this can not take place if people do not want to come and support them, with less than 2 months to go until the event date less than 15% of available tickets have been sold and the majority of those were from outside the local area and even other countries.
We wanted to give the North East a place on the metal festival scene and had hoped to grow the festival over the coming years into a major international event but without fans wanting to come and support an event of this size we are left with no option but to cancel.

We would like to thank those that showed support for the event and to all the bands billed as well as those who applied to take part in the unsigned band competition and those who did purchase a ticket in advance. The UK does have some stellar alternative festivals with Bloodstock and Damnation festival but it appears the UK was not quite ready for The Northern Darkness.”

This festival started out with an extremely promising line-up and it is such a shame that the organisers decided to cancel it due to low ticket sales. I hope they won’t give up and with more faith in it and (a lot) more promotion Northern Darkness Festival will be held in the near future with a similar killer line-up.

For those who already booked a day off and hotels for 8th December Byker Grave Festival, a sort of replacement festival has been organised with bands yet to be confirmed for the same day as NDF.

For more information check the event’s Facebook page here.



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