First five acts announced for Damnation Festival 2016

The first five acts have been announced for this year’s Damnation Festival!

In their first lineup announcement for 2016, organisers for Damnation Festival have confirmed that its twelfth edition will feature Norwegian metal legends ENSLAVED, performing what is currently being billed as a special ‘Spinning Wheel Ritual’ show.

Also announced are Californian powerviolence trio NAILS, Australian progressive death sextet NE OBLIVISCARIS, Pennsylvanian grind outfit FULL OF HELL and critically acclaimed Texas prog-rockers OCEANS OF SLUMBER.

ENSLAVED said: “It is with great pride we announce our first ever appearance at Damnation FestivalThe festival has become a well-known name for bands, and now it is finally time for us to show its audience what we are about. We’re only just back from a magic weekend in London; London By Norse was nothing short of unbelievable! We hope to see those who attended, and many more, at Damnation Festival – our only UK appearance for the rest of 2016. Be there and let’s all be damned.”

NAILS also commented: “Damnation Festival is only one day, but it is all quality. Short and Sweet – similar to our focus with NAILS – this is why we feel attracted to the event and we’re proud and honoured that Damnation Festival will mark first appearance on UK soil since the release of our new album, You Will Never Be One Of Us.”

Festival Director Gavin McInally said: “Since 2005, we’ve consistently delivered solid and diverse line-ups which make a mockery of our ticket price and this year we want to go one further by booking challenging bills across our four stages, starting with five bands who’ve never played Damnation Festival before. ENSLAVED, NAILS, NE OBLIVISCARIS, FULL OF HELL and OCEANS OF SLUMBER are the first taste of what’s to come in 2016, from hateful grind to hauntingly melodic prog and fans can expect much more over the coming months, with 22 bands still to be announced.”

Damnation Festival 2016 will take place at Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Tickets are on-sale now from the event’s website, and are priced at £38.