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Desertfest New York
DesertFest NYC.jpg
The current Deserfest logo, with New York added.
Background information
Genre(s) Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Stoner Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Psychedelic Rock
Date(s) April
Location Brooklyn, New York, USA
Queens, New York, USA
Venue(s) The Well (2019)
Saint Vitus Bar (2019, 2022)
The Knockdown Center (2022)
Years active 2019, 2022 - Present
Promoter(s) Desertscene
Associated Events DesertFest
Website Desertfest New York Facebook

Desertfest New York (Also known as Desertfest NYC) is a festival among several under the DesertFest banner. Each year, the festival is a three day event showcasing bands from the whole stoner rock scene. The festival itself will take place at several different venues in the Brooklyn, New York area in the United States, the first time the Desertfest banner has hosted a festival outside of Europe. The first edition of this festival (Fourth currently active and fifth overall festival under the Desertfest banner) was be held in 2019 with a follow-up planned for 2022.


Behind the scenes, rumors of a Desertfest in the United States have dated back for several years as a compliment to the other editions of the festival. On 15 November 2018 it would be finally announced that the inaugural Desertfest NYC was set for 26 - 28 April 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. Pre-sale tickets and the first announced bands was initially set for 23 November but moved to the 27th for holiday reasons.[1]


On 27 November 2018 the first nine acts for Desertfest New York would be announced, along with the venues of choice in Saint Vitus Bar (26 April 2019) and The Well (27 and 28 April 2019). The first wave of bands would be Windhand, Elder, Monolord, The Skull, The Atomic Bitchwax, Danava, Mirror Queen, Worshipper and Dommengang.[2] 3-day passes would be sold out by December, leaving only two-day passes available leading up to the second lineup announcement set for January. On 13 February 2019 the full lineup, including day splits, would be announced. By this point three-day passes would have long sold out with only two-day passes (Saturday and Sunday) still available. The Atomic Bitchwax and Dommengang however would both cancel due to scheduling conflicts.[3] On 27 March 2019 the day splits for the festival would be announced along with the statement that very few two-day passes were left. Afterparties, food trucks and vendors were also soon to be announced.[4] On 24 April 2019 it would be announced that Fatso Jetson would drop off due to conflicts beyond the band's control. Unearthly Trance would end up being their replacement.

Friday 26 April 2019 (Saint Vitus Bar)[]

Saint Vitus Bar
Black Cobra
Here Lies Man
High Tone Son of A Bitch
Heavy Temple

Saturday 27 April 2019 (The Well)[]

Main Stage Second Stage
Windhand Steak
Weedeater Mirror Queen
The Skull Worshipper
Danava Tower
Electric Citizen

Sunday 28 April 2019 (The Well)[]

Main Stage Second Stage
Elder Mick's Jaguar
Monolord Green Milk From The Planet Orange
ASG Duel
Ruby The Hatchet Sun Voyager
Unearthly Trance


Not long after the 2019 edition of Desertfest NYC was completed it would be announced the festival would return for 2020. On 19 August 2019 the date for the 2020 edition would be set for September.[5] On 14 January 2020 it would be announced that the second edition of Desertfest NYC would take place on 11 - 13 September 2020 at The Well (With a pre-fest at Saint Vitus Bar on 10 September), with the first band announcements to come in the following weeks.

On 3 February 2020 at 12PM EST Desertfest NYC would announce their first thirteen bands, including Corrosion of Conformity, Dead Meadow, Conan, Stoned Jesus (Notably what would have been the band's first ever appearance in the United States), The Atomic Bitchwax, Toke, Bongzilla and High Reeper among others.[6] However on 10 June it would be announced that the 2020 edition of Desertfest NYC would be canceled due to The CO-VID19 Pandemic and plans were beginning to re-schedule the event to 2021, later to 2022.


On 11 October 2021 it would be announced that the second edition of DesertFest New York would be set to take place from 13 - 15 May 2022 at The Knockdown Center in Brooklyn, New York.[7] On 22 November 2021 the lineup for Desertfest New York would be announced, along with a pre-fest at Saint Vitus Bar on 12 May. Baroness, High on Fire and Monster Magnet would be announced as headliners among US exclusives such as Orange Goblin, Green Lung, Planet of Zeus and Stoned Jesus.[8] On 7 April an updates lineup would be composed. Monster Magnet would drop off due to Dave Wyndorf suffering a back injury and would be replaced by John Garcia. Stoned Jesus would drop off due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and would be replaced by Mothership. Lastly Green Lung would drop off due to visa issues and would be replaced by King Buffalo.[9]

A pre-fest would be hosted at Saint Vitus Bar featuring Druids, Freedom Hawk, Planet of Zeus and headliner The Atomic Bitchwax.[10]

The Knockdown Centre
13 May 2022 14 May 2022 15 May 2022
Corrosion of Conformity Baroness High on Fire
John Garcia Torche Red Fang
Orange Goblin King Buffalo Dead Meadow
Mothership Inter Arma Big Business
Black Tusk Cloakroom Left Lane Cruiser
Sasquatch Warhorse Telekinetic Yeti
Holy Death Trio Silvertomb High Reeper
Geezer Yatra Stinking Lizaveta
Howling Giant Brume Mother Iron Horse
Leather Lung Somnuri Greenbeard
Green Druid

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