No sleep till bedtime

BIG SOUND: Gisborne heavy metal band Metaltower rocked Smash Palace’s SmashFest last summer and now they’re set to do it all again. Picture by Mark Derricut

Armoured, medieval, full-combat fighters will be part of Smash Palace’s first three-day rock and metal festival, SmashFest VII, shortly after R&V clocks out. Legendary metal MC, Lee “Big Sexy” Scarfe opens the main event at 3pm sharp. Among acts from around the country are Christchurch band Vixen Execution, Wellington bands Opium Eater, Aura of Chaos, and Pervertor; Auckland’s Silent Torture, Exordium Mors, and Pervertor Extinction Campaign, as well as Gisborne acts Metaltower, and Uni-Fi.

Previously a one-day, then two-day event, SmashFest VII will be the Palace’s first-three-day rock and metal grind up. Not all metal-heads are Vikings or Cromwells so beachside camping is available. Bands, artists, crew and ticket-holders will stay together at BandCamp with views across, not Golgotha or Niflheim, but Midway Beach.

“This makes it well worth the eight-hour boat trip and gives you plenty of time to soak up your New Year metal holiday,” say organisers.

“On Sunday last year we all had to snap out of it and leave by 12pm. This year we don’t check out until up to 9am on Monday.”

The festival will include metal merchandising by The Headless Horseman and others. Food and stalls will be available at the camp for families and clans in need of a break from SmashFest.

“On Sunday, the stalls and activities will continue and this is your chance to just chill. Check out the Gizzy coastline, hot pools, bushwalks or riding tracks and get a good amount of sleep before you hit the road back home to reality on Monday morning.

“You can bring your spawn too if that’s your buzz, plenty of room to chill. Friday is a fun but relaxed build up to the main event on Saturday.”

SmashFest VII, Smash Palace, tomorrow-Monday. Ticket information at http://www.eventfinda.co.nz or 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

Armoured, medieval, full-combat fighters will be part of Smash Palace’s first three-day rock and metal festival, SmashFest VII, shortly after R&V clocks out. Legendary metal MC, Lee “Big Sexy” Scarfe opens the main event at 3pm sharp. Among acts from around the country are Christchurch band Vixen Execution, Wellington bands Opium Eater, Aura of Chaos, and Pervertor; Auckland’s Silent Torture, Exordium Mors, and Pervertor Extinction Campaign, as well as Gisborne acts Metaltower, and Uni-Fi.

Previously a one-day, then two-day event, SmashFest VII will be the Palace’s first-three-day rock and metal grind up. Not all metal-heads are Vikings or Cromwells so beachside camping is available. Bands, artists, crew and ticket-holders will stay together at BandCamp with views across, not Golgotha or Niflheim, but Midway Beach.

“This makes it well worth the eight-hour boat trip and gives you plenty of time to soak up your New Year metal holiday,” say organisers.

“On Sunday last year we all had to snap out of it and leave by 12pm. This year we don’t check out until up to 9am on Monday.”

The festival will include metal merchandising by The Headless Horseman and others. Food and stalls will be available at the camp for families and clans in need of a break from SmashFest.

“On Sunday, the stalls and activities will continue and this is your chance to just chill. Check out the Gizzy coastline, hot pools, bushwalks or riding tracks and get a good amount of sleep before you hit the road back home to reality on Monday morning.

“You can bring your spawn too if that’s your buzz, plenty of room to chill. Friday is a fun but relaxed build up to the main event on Saturday.”

SmashFest VII, Smash Palace, tomorrow-Monday. Ticket information at http://www.eventfinda.co.nz or 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

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