The metal world’s attention turns to the deep south – the deep south of Ireland that is – next weekend, with the fourth annual Cork Winterfest on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 December.

Waylander, Sorrowfall and Overoth are the local contingent appearing alongside the
likes of Skyforger, Hail of Bullets and Grand Magus at the An Cruiscin Lan.

The Friday evening is being headlined by Latvian folk metal legends Skyforger, returning to Ireland for the first time in four years. They will be ably supported by our own Waylander as well as Old Season, Orpheus (from Waterford), Red Enemy (from Kildare) and Dead Label (winners of the 2009 Crypt Trials All-Ireland Battle of the Bands.

Saturday is the main day, with no fewer than 12 bands taking to the stage, starting with doomsters This Weary Hour. Waterford’s Saviours Of Sin, Ravenage, Cork’s own Five Will Die, Decayor and Dubliners Two Tales Of Woe (who are headlining the Limelight this coming Saturday) take proceedings through into the early evening, and a double bill of Belfast mayhem, courtesy of Overoth and Sorrowfall.

Then it’s Dublin’s turn, with Gaesa and gaelic doom titans Mael Mordha, before Swedish power trio Grand Magus celebrate their signing to Roadrunner and Holland’s Hail of Bullets take the party into the wee small hours.

Weekend tickets cost €55, plus booking fee, from www.corkwinterfest.com, with day tickets also available on the door for €20 for Friday and €40 for Saturday (although, be honest, are you going to go all that way just for one day).

Wouldn’t be an idea to replicate this over consecutive weekends in Cork and Belfast? I’ll plant the seed and see if it grows…

Authors: Monk

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