Simon Neil’s ESB confirm their inaugural metal festival for July 13th

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Fresh from last month’s tour of the US opening for Sleep Token, ESB have today announced the inaugural edition of their own mini festival, Bastard Fest.

Headlined by ESB themselves, Bastard Fest 2024 will take place on Saturday 13th July at Corporation in Sheffield.

ESB’s intense live shows have been described as ‘unleashing hell’ (Metal Hammer) and ‘the dictionary definition of a cataclysmic racket’ (Kerrang!). The band will be joined at Corporation by fellow UK metal acts: HeriotConjurerPupil Slicer and Sheffield locals Hidden Mothers.

ESB were recently nominated for two categories at this year’s Heavy Music Awards, including Best Breakthrough Album for debut Rivers of Heresy – dubbed ‘bold, brilliant, bileful (4/5)’ by DIY, ‘pure metal punishment (4/5)’ by NME and ‘a seismic tribute to metal music in all its varying guises (5/5)’ by Upset.

Tickets for Bastard Fest 2024 will go on sale at 10.00am on Thursday 20th June, via the venue website and See Tickets. There will be an ESB fan presale taking place on Wednesday 19th June from 10.00am, for those signed up to the band’s mailing list.

Full list of upcoming ESB shows:


19th – Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark

22nd – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium

28th – Tons of Rock, Oslo, Norway

30th – Evil Live, Lisbon, Portugal



July 12th – 2000Trees, Cheltenham, UK

July 13th – Bastard Fest, Sheffield, UK (headliner)



August 4th – CORE., Glasgow, UK (Sunday headliner)

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