FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Damnation Festival 2019, Leeds University

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Damnation Festival is upon us, returning tomorrow, 2 November for that is extreme, unholy, and revolutionary in music. The festival is Sold out completely. Among the bands on the stacked bill are Opeth, Mayhem, The Vintage Caravan, Alcest, Venom Prison, Birds in Row, Dawn Ray’d, Imperial Triumphant, Lord Dying, Inter Arma, Primordial, Dragged Into Sunlight, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Gost, Voices, Blood Red Throne, Jo Quail and Carnation, and more.


Closest bus stop to Damnation: Leeds University (Parkinson Steps) – busses 1, 28, 29, 69, 97 (2 min walk from venue)

Taxis: There are taxis outside Leeds train station and coach station, for the return leg, there is a taxi rank out the front of the University buildings (2 minute walk from venue)

Closest airport to Damnation: Leeds Bradford (7m, probably don’t walk – it’s half an hour by car)

Closest train station to Damnation: Leeds (1.1m, 25mins walk)

Closest Coach station: Leeds (1.1m, 25mins walk)


If you have an e-ticket with a barcode, you need to either print this off and bring it with you, or be able to show the barcode on your mobile phone. All tickets are scanned as you enter the building, so if we can’t scan it, we can’t let you in!

If you’re lucky enough to be on a guest list you should have received an e-ticket so you can follow the above instructions. Only a handful of you will be guests and *not* have received an e-ticket (including press) so you’ll need to follow signs for the guest/press list and all will be well. PLEASE NOTE – THERE ARE NO TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR THIS YEAR!


YES, we know that after a few shandies, it’s hard to find your way around. YES, we know there’s lots of steps. YES, we know this because it’s the same every year – that’s just what the building looks like! Everything will be signposted in the venue but we strongly suggest you get there early – especially if it’s your first trip to Damnation – to get your bearings.


These are subject to change due to the nature of putting on a festival like this, but we will do everything in our power for things to run like clockwork. You can check out the stage times on our Facebook page or you can pick up a souvenir laminate from our merch stand. These sell out pretty quickly so get them early.


There are plenty of eateries within the venue to keep you nourished throughout the day from the Terrace doing burgers to the Salad Box for all your vegan needs. Let’s also not forget the pasty shop which is as much a part of the Damnation experience as the bands themselves.


For the first year ever we have a band performing at the after party in the form of Gost bringing the dark synth wave tunes. This will start at midnight on the Tone Management stage.

Once they finish Rock of Ages will do what they do best each year and be spinning a mix of metal classics and cheesy rock sing-a-longs until 3am so you can stretch out the fun just a little bit longer!


We have our annual preshow scheduled for the night before at Temple of Boom. A great way to start the weekend.