The Shetland Islands are not really on everyone's radar as a hotspot for metal or alternative bands, mainly owing to it's geographical location. But on Friday 23rd August and Saturday 24th August Lerwick, the island groups main town will arise with the sound of heavy riffs and sensational music.
The festival is organized by Heavy Metal Buffet and is jam packed with two nights entertainment featuring local and mainland rock and metal bands and is hosted at the Lerwick Legion, the Friday which is going to be headlined by The Revellers has already sold out.
The on the Saturday night it is over the Mareel for a nine-hour concert with twelve bands giving it their best in order to rock the islands. Headlining is Scaldin Bragg who are playing their first islands gig for sometime, Ten Tonne Dozer and visitors Semperfi and Akord (who played Download this year).
The festival is entirely organized by the Heavy Metal Buffet and has taken around a year to plan and setup, this comes in wake of their successful Oxjam last autumn. Furthermore according to HMB’s Marjolein Robertson excitement was “thundering through the air at the Heavy Metal Buffet headquarters”.
“We have been preparing for this festival for over 10 months and can’t wait to entertain the crowds and ourselves with the many bands who will be rocking out over the weekend,” Marjolein said. Local sound engineer Stevie Hook said the festival would be “the best rock event in Shetland this year”.
“They will be travelling to Lerwick from as far afield as the Bonnie Isle of Whalsay to the rolling hills of England,” Marjolein said. “For me as well it will be a special event – this will be the last time I play with Beef Cleaver, an emotional, metal-filled set with a hint of strings…”
Heavy Metal Buffet originally began as a radio show hosted by Marjolein’s brother Dirk Robertson and Jamie Hatch. Dirk stated that next weekend would be the “final climax in a long run of metal gigs” prompted by positive feedback after the hard rock Oxjam event at Da Wheel bar last October.
Both nights are open to under 18s. Dirk says it “seems a shame” for people to put time and effort into producing serious music, only to “go on stage and play while people get drunk”.
Heavy Metal Buffet also hosts a weekly podcast promoting the best of the alternative music scene in Shetland, which you can listen to at soundcloud.com/heavymetalbuffet
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