A new festival has been launched with the ethos that "black metal is for everyone (except for Nazis)," a sentiment we back very strong.
Black Flags Over Brooklyn 2019 will take place on January 25th and 26th at Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint, NY and in addition to bands, according to the press release, the fest will feature "an all-day vendor market of band merch, label distros, radical publishers, activist organizations, local artisans, and more."
Organizer Kim Kelly had this to say about the festival:
As we all know, metal is an incredibly vibrant, diverse subculture with sounds, fans, and artists who span the globe; as we also know, there's a small but unfortunately vocal contingent in our midst who care more about gatekeeping and upholding toxic ideologies like white supremacy, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry in general than in seeing the genre thrive. The worldwide rise of violent white supremacy and fascism has put every one of us—but especially those in marginalized communities—at risk, and metal should not be allowed to remain a breeding ground for right-wing extremism. Metal is too good for Nazis.
It's time to raise the black flag, throw the horns, and take our scene back!
Update: Woe had to drop off the fest. Here's the announcement:
UPDATE: Due to a scheduling issue, Woe will unfortunately be unable to perform this year.
However, to lessen the sting, we're announcing another incredible band a little early: Boston atmospheric crust/doom titans MORNE!
The first wave of bands has been announced. They include:
DAWN RAY'D (UK)
Incendiary anarchist black metal from the grim North of England.
Bay Area anarcha-feminist blackened doom magic.
Boston atmospheric crust/doom titans
VILE CREATURE (CAN)
Queer vegan doom from Ontario. Must love cats.
Furious Nepalese grindcore from Queens.
Tickets are now available.
Friday tickets / Saturday tickets / Weekend passes