Armstrong Metal Fest continues on its success

The Armstrong Metal Fest is taking band submissions until Nov. 1 for next year’s eighth annual festival.

  • Sep. 20, 2015 6:00 p.m.

The Armstrong Metal Fest is taking band submissions until Nov. 1 for next year’s eighth annual festival.

The festival, taking place July 15 and 16 in Armstrong’s Hassen Arena, showcases more than 30 Western Canadian and international bands.

“I make it my mission to actively check out every single band submission and check out their music, no matter how much time it takes,” said festival co-founder Jesse Valstar. “This is a big job because currently we have over 60 band submissions in the opening week. And we look forward to more.”

Previous bands playing the festival have included Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Anciients, Bison BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, and Gomorrah among many others.

Influenced by Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of the great outdoors of the Okanagan Valley.

What started as a backyard party in 2009 with 11 local metal bands, has grown into a major success, with metal fans coming to Armstrong from all over Western Canada and beyond.

Next year’s festival, once again organized by the West Metal Entertainment Society, is expected to be the largest year for music and attendance yet.

More information is available at www.ArmstrongMetalFest.ca.