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Camden Assembly + Hellfest to Stage Raucous Battle of the Bands Contest 

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The iconic Camden Assembly is to host one of the biggest battle of the band contests London has ever seen.

Fifteen up-and-coming punk and hardcore acts will compete to win a slot at the renowned Hellfest Festival in Clisson, France, performing on the line up with heavy rock royalty headliners, Machine Head, Metallica, Foo Fighters and many more.

The event, ‘No Sleep Till Hellfest’ has revealed the band shortlist, as well as a series of nail-biting heats running from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 March.

The celebratory climax on Saturday 30 March will see the lucky winners perform alongside special guests Petbrick with Sepultura drumming legend, Igor Cavalera. Tickets for ‘No Sleep Till Hellfest’ are now on sale from £15 at https://camdenassembly.com.

Hosted by Hellfest, ‘No Sleep Till Hellfest’ is the first new talent competition open to grass root punk and hardcore talents residing in the UK.

The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to play a coveted set during the opening day of the 60,000 capacity, sold-out Hellfest (Thursday 27 June to Sunday 30 June 2024) alongside a killer lineup including the huge headliners plus global rock superstars, like Queens Of The Stone AgeMegadethRoyal Blood and many more.

Following a gruelling shortlisting process of over 250 applicants, organisers at Hellfest are now set to showcase the best new talent that the UK has to offer in the renowned Camden Assembly.

Formerly known as Barfly, the Camden Assembly is a London institution having staged the likes of Kasabian, The Strokes and Muse before they went on to become international stars, making it one of most exciting venues for new talent to appear.

From the successful 15 applicants, five bands will go head-to-head each day over three days (25 – 27 March).

The winners from each day will then battle it out once again in a tense semi final on 28 March. Each must dig out the performance of a lifetime as they play to a heavyweight judging panel that includes Nick Collins from Camden’s DIY record store, All Ages Records; former drummer of U.K. Subs, Jamie Oliver (now Hüsker Dü’s Greg Norton, 4ft Fingers and Anti Nowhere League); and Nabila Slama from Hellfest.

Nabila, Project Manager at Hellfest Productions said, “Living locally in Camden and having worked for Hellfest for 14 years, I always wanted to do something between the UK and France. And where better to host the contest than in the heart of Punk’s capital – London!”

The judges will deliberate on the 28 March before the event resumes on 30 March when the chosen winner will step back on the Camden Assembly stage to make a celebratory performance alongside special guests Petbrick – comprising Sepultura founder Igor Cavalera and Big Lad’s Wayne Adams – rising punk stars Split Dogs, Last Hounds4ft Fingers and Hellfest resident DJ, Mike Rock.

Camden Assembly will also be serving up a Hellfest themed food and drinks menu that will be available only during the competition week. With everything from classic and imaginative cocktails, scrumptious starters, and Camden Assembly’s ever-popular burgers and fried chicken dishes – including vegan options – this special menu is the perfect lip-smacking addition to the event.

For fans of punk, hardcore and all things hellbanging, ‘No Sleep Till Hellfest’ is a chance to discover the scene’s stars of tomorrow. And for those desperate to experience the sold-out Hellfest, be sure to head down to Camden Assembly on 30 March to be in with a chance of winning two four-day passes to the 2024 festival.

EVENT DETAILS

No Sleep Till Hellfest

Venue: The Camden Assembly, 49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN
Dates: Mon 25 – Thurs 28 March & Sat 30 March 2024
Doors: 6pm – 11pm (25 to 28 Mar) / 4pm – 11pm (30 Mar)
Age: 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets: Heats: £15 (25-26-27 Mar)
Semi Final and Final from: £20 (28-30 Mar). Various packages are available to include goodie bags and a lottery ticket entry to the Hellfest ticket giveaway.

          Week-long tickets: £95

LINE UPS

25 Mar – Yurmum, Broken Jaw, Phat Problem, Own Your Life, Top Left Club
26 Mar – Frontside, Jawless, Fantazmaz, Hell Can Wait, The Dying Hour
27 Mar – Street Soldier, Barriers, Be N!CE, Manic Aggression, Regrets
28 Mar – Finalists from each heat, Face up
30 Mar – Petbrick, Last Hounds, Split dogs, 4ft Fingers, Contest Winner, DJ Mike Rock

LINKS

http://camdenassembly.com

https://www.instagram.com/camdenassembly

https://www.facebook.com/CamdenAssembly

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