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Fortress Festival unveils Fortress Forum, a unique metal conference with Tom G Warrior, Wolves In The Throne Room, Cult Never Dies and more!


Fortress Festival, the highly anticipated UK black metal gathering, unveils a stellar line-up for its first-ever and unique side programme, Fortress Forum, taking place alongside the thunderous band performances across the weekend of 1-2 June 2024 at Scarborough Spa, North Yorkshire, UK.

Tom G Warrior: Warrior in Black

This year’s programme boasts a true legend of the scene as Celtic Frost and Triptykon mastermind Tom G Warrior participates in an exclusive keynote interview conducted by Dayal Patterson, the renowned author, journalist and founder of publishing house, Cult Never Dies.

Documenting Black Metal and the Evolution of UKBM: A Panel Discussion

Delving into the rich tapestry of black metal, a panel discussion featuring Dayal Patterson, Jackie Smit of Into The Necrosphere Podcast, and The Watcher of Fellwarden and Fen promises a fascinating exploration. The session will see Patterson discuss his latest book, "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult - The Restored, Expanded & Definitive Edition", with The Watcher offering insights on his role as editor and the discussion culminating in a wider exploration of the UK black metal scene's development.

Into The Necrosphere Podcast Interviews Take Centre Stage

Jackie Smit will also be wielding the microphone for a series of exclusive interviews with some of the festival's most captivating acts. Ralph Schmidt from German black metallers Ultha, the black metal force Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and Portuguese black metallers Gaerea will all be facing Smit's questions, offering festival-goers a deeper look into their creative processes and musical visions.

The programme will culminate with an exclusive live Into The Necrosphere podcast episode with Cedar Serpent of Wolves In The Throne Room, Sunday’s Fortress Festival headliners. Diving into the mind of the band’s co-founder, this interview will be filmed and aired online for everyone to enjoy.

This exclusive side programme adds another layer of intrigue to the already formidable Fortress Festival 2024 line-up. With Triptykon, Wolves in the Throne Room, Panopticon, Misþyrming, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Blackbraid, Vemod, Furia, and a host of other genre giants taking to the stage, the festival promises a truly unforgettable weekend for black metal devotees.

Fortress Forum schedule

Saturday 1 June

14:25-15:00 Documenting Black Metal and the Evolution of UKBM w/ Dayal Patterson, The Watcher & Jackie Smit

16:10-16:45 In conversation: Der Weg Einer Freiheit

19:25-20:10 Tom G Warrior: Warrior in Black

Sunday 2 June

14:25-15:00 In conversation: Ralph Schmidt (Ultha)

16:00-16:40 In conversation: Gaerea

17:40-18:20 Into The Necrosphere: Live Podcast w/ Cedar Serpent (Wolves in The Throne Room)

Fortress Festival is almost sold out. Only around 100 tickets left. Get yours now via

1-2 June 2024
Scarborough Spa
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Saturday 1 June 2024 Line-Up:
Triptykon 2024 UK exclusive
Panopticon 'Roads to the North' anniversary full album set 2024 UK exclusive
Der Weg Einer Freiheit 2024 UK exclusive
Ultha 2024 UK exclusive
Obsidian Kingdom 'Mantiis' full album set 2024 UK exclusive
Lamp of Murmuur 2024 UK exclusive
Falls of Rauros 2024 UK exclusive/debut
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber 2024 UK exclusive
Dödsrit 2024 UK exclusive
Fellwarden worldwide live debut, 2024 UK exclusive
Waldgeflüster 2024 UK exclusive

Sunday 2 June 2024 Line-Up:
Wolves in the Throne Room 2024 UK exclusive ‘Two Hunters’ live in its entirety
Blackbraid 2024 UK exclusive/debut
Vemod 2024 UK exclusive
Furia 2024 UK exclusive
Misþyrming 2024 UK exclusive
Fluisteraars 2024 UK exclusive/debut
Thy Light 2024 UK exclusive
Blood Countess

Standard weekend tickets: £159
Day tickets: £89

The First of June. 2024... Under the watchful gaze of the carrion crows that beset the castle’s crumbling battlements…the hordes of darkness will stir. The mournful bells of the woebegone church will ring out upon the hillside: soon to be lost amid the ravenous battery of an ancient warlord. And from the ashes of the past, a new stronghold will arise… “Fortress…”
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