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THE DAMES OF DARKNESS FESTIVAL
When? - May 9th & 10th, 2015
Where? - The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK, B30 3DZ
WHAT IS THE DAMES OF DARKNESS FESTIVAL?
The Dames Of Darkness festival has become something of a yearly tradition, originally only taking place over the course of one day the festival has now expanded to become a full weekend event for its fifth edition. The festival features a range of female-led rock and metal bands from all over Europe, as well as many up-and-coming UK-based bands.
Headlining the Saturday will be Spanish/Norwegian goth metallers Sirenia, founded by Morten Veland in 2001. The band are set to release their new album The Seventh Life Path on May 8th.
Whyzdom from France will be returning to the festival this year, having previously played the festival in 2013. The band recently release their third album Symphony For A Hopeless God - the debut with Marie Rouyer on vocals.
Maltese doom metallers Weeping Silence will be returning to the UK for the festival. Having recently signed a deal with Massacre Records, the band plan to release their new album Opus IV Oblivion later this year.
UK's own four-piece from West Yorkshire, Bad Pollyanna will be tearing up the stage at this year's festival. The band are currently writing and recording for their second album and are set to tour alongside The Cruxshadows this year.
Rainover's vocalist Andrea Casanova attended last years festival and it was wonderful to meet her in the audience. This year she will be returning with the rest of the band to play their second UK festival date of the year at Dames Of Darkness.
Dave Homer's Stafford-based 'house band' Apparition will be returning to the festival after reuniting with former vocalist Fiona Creaby, and the addition of former Celestial Wish guitarist Amy Lewis.
Next up is a band with their own festival that's named after them – Aonia. Last year we got to see one of the band's vocalists, Melissa Adams on stage with Divided We Fall, but this year we'll get to see the seven-headed, fourteen-legged creation rock the stage.
Opening the festival is symphonic metal outfit from Scotland, The Fall Of Eve. The band are currently recording their debut album Eternal Embrace, a follow up to 2013's Call From The Horizon [EP].
Headlining the Sunday are German/Norwegian symphonic metallers Leaves' Eyes. The band are currently in the process of recording the follow up to 2013's Symphonies Of The Night, which is set for a summer release.
More symphonic metal comes with Greece's Enemy Of Reality, fronted by former Meden Agan vocalist Iliana Tsakiraki. The band release their well acclaimed debut album Rejected Gods last year.
UK-based Winter In Eden are back after the release of their third album Court Of Conscience and set to make their second festival appearance of the year at Dames.
Having just release their highly rated EP We Are The Brave, firecrackers Skarlett Riot will be bringing their own brand of rock and roll to the stage.
Manchester's own Incassum will be rocking this year's festival with their own style of melodic death metal.
London-based Enkelination, fronted by classically trained former opera singer Elina Siirala will be making an appearance at the festival. Last year the band released their well received debut album Tears Of Lust as well as making an appearance at Bloodstock Open Air.
Hailing from Cardiff, Wales is melodic rockers Insuna. The band are currently in the process of recording their debut EP Causality.
Opening on Sunday will be UK-based gothic doom metallers Edenfall. Having signed to Ravenheart Records, the band released their second album Under Sultry Moons And Velvet Skies in 2014 and are set to play several festivals this year.
HOW CAN I GET TICKETS?
Tickets are available via the venue's website.
Day tickets are £25 in advance, and £30 on the door. Weekend tickets are £45 in advance, and £45 on the door.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
From Wolverhampton train station, the nearest tram stop is The Royal which is roughly a 10 minute walk away. From The Royal, one can take the Midland Metro to Bilston Central, which costs a couple of pounds and runs every 22 minutes.
From Bilston Central, the venue is less than a 5 minutes walk.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY?
Accommodation is available at the venue itself, however, since this usually books up quite fast we would also recommend Hotel Novotel near Wolverhampton city centre.
SHOULD I GO?
Yes, yes, yes and yes. The festival is accessible, and very affordable for such a great line up.
You're not likely to find a full weekend of female fronted metal elsewhere without leaving the country. Plus, the line up is quite varied and will not be the same drudgery of symphonic metal bands throughout. If you like female fronted metal, you'll love this – and who knows you might discover a few gems on the way!Read the full story