Even Desertfest has to end for another year, but as with every year they always save the best ’till last. Returning to the Roundhouse once more, the line-up features titans of the genre, cult heroes and new bands that will be taking their space in the future.
Opening the mainstage are a band that show no signs of stopping, the amazing Monolord. Fresh from supporting Black Label Society and playing with other talents such as Ufomammut and Windhand, as well as an upcoming tour with Conan, Monolord are poised to hit the big time. Their 2017 album Rust appeared on many end of year lists for good reason, a titanic-sized proportion of godly riffs to headbang to. Get down to the Roundhouse early for Monolord, to witness them before they inevitably headline the festival.
Elder are one of those bands who are gaining an insane amount of traction in the underground community. Last year they released one of the best albums of 2017 with the epic Reflections of a Floating World, a sprawling 64-minute dimension hopping epic. After slaying Desertfest two years ago, they’re back again at the Roundhouse to win over a new generation of fans with music that is undeniably loud, sprawling and overwhelming.
Nebula are back, playing London for the first time since 2008 after their seven year hiatus which ended last year. One of the gods of the stoner rock movement, Eddie Glass and his merry men are back on the road to play primo stoner riffage once more. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Let It Burn, the band will no doubt be playing hits from across their discrography and many other bangers for their impressive arsenal. After ten years, it’s good to have you back lads.
Without Hawkwind, there would be no different. From their early pioneering work with Lemmy, to their 30th album Into the Woods, it’s amazing to see the band still going from strength to strength. Mr Dave Brock himself, aged 76, is still the biggest force in space rock since 1969. His tricks of the trade have been passed down by mulitple people, but they have never had the knack he had. Their performance at Desertfest will not only be a celebration of what the band have achieved, but a reminder of the sheer power of their music.
Monster Magnet are a band who have laid their imprint heavily on the stoner rock scene. They’re scene leaders who have never slowed down and never will, without them Desertfest would be near unrecogniseable. They’re the perfect band to close the festival, when the likes of ‘Powertrip,’ ‘Negasonic Teenage Warhead’ and of course ‘Space Lord’ close the festival, we are in for a treat.