Riff Fest
Riff Fest '15 Logo
Riff Fest '15 Logo
Background information
Genre(s) Stoner Rock, Doom, Sludge
Location Bolton, England (2014 - 2018)
Manchester, England (2019 - Present)
Venue(s) The Alma Inn (2014 - 2018)
The Bread Shed (2019 - Present)
Years active 2014 - present
Website Facebook
Riff Fest is a yearly festival held in Bolton, England. Primarily held at The Alma Inn, it's promoted as a single-day free festival featuring multiple bands in a showcase of Stoner Rock and Sludge Metal. Riff Fest was first held in 2014 and has been held annually ever since.


The first edition of Riff Fest was held at The Alma Inn on August 23, 2015. It featured sixteen bands over two stages over the course of the day.[1]

August 23, 2015
Indoor Stage Outdoor Stage
Widows Iron Witch
Hogslayer Bong Cauldron
While Heaven Wept While Heaven Wept
Death of Us Ten Foot Wiz
BOTS Lizard Tongue
Lord Misery Nomad
Swinelord Space Witch
Siege Exxxekutioner
Wort Mower


The second edition of Riff Fest was featured at The Alma Inn on August 29, 2015. It featured seventeen bands over the course of a single day with an after show featuring Ben Ward of Orange Goblin as the guest DJ to close out the festivities of the evening. It was sponsored by Blackstar Amplification.[2]

August 29, 2015
Indoor Stage Outdoor Stage
Slabdragger Raging Speedhorn
Desert Storm Trippy Wicked
Ten Foot Wizard Boss Keloid
Gurt Hogslayer
A Horse Called War PIST
Barbarian Hermit The Hicks
Burden of The Noose EySaw
Nomad Mower


It was announced on Riff Fest's Facebook page on 20th January 2016 that a third Riff Fest is in the works.[3]

On June 10, the full lineup was announced with Conan slated to be the headliner. The even is set to be returning to the Alma Inn on August 27, 2016. Grey Widow was intended to perform but were forced to drop out.[4] [5]

August 27, 2016
Indoor Stage Outdoor Stage
Iron Witch Boss Keloid
Enos Chubby
Barbarian Hermit Foetal Juice
Strain Widows
Garganjua Hogslayer
Conjurer After The Abduction
Atragon Trollkrafft


August 26, 2017
Indoor Stage Outdoor Stage
Grey Widow Charger
Riggorts BongCauldron
Mastiff Witchsorrow
Witchapter Elephant Tree
Def Goldblum Conjurer
Sedulus Iron Witch
Mage Funeral Horse
Soden Widows


The 2018 edition of Riff Fest will be held once again at The Alma Inn on 25 August 2018. The initial lineup has been announced as of 11 October 2017.[6] Notably the event was a paid event, limited to 300 tickets and mostly sold out by the time of the event.[7][8]

August 26, 2017
Indoor Stage Outdoor Stage
Kurokuma Slabdragger
PIJN Bad Kush
Desert Storm Garganjua
Pist Video Nasties
Nomad A Horse Called War
BA'AL Barbarian Hermit
Tronald Battalions
High Fighter


The 2019 edition of Riff Fest is currently set for 31 August 2019 at The Rebellion in Manchester, England. A portion of the lineup would be announced in the summer of 2019 with the full lineup announced on 22 June 2019.[9] By the time of the event taking place in August the event would not only be moved to The Bread Shed, but also attain some cross-promotion and sponsorship in APF Records.[10]

External LinksEdit


  1. FacebookFacebook event for Riff Fest 2014, accessed January 30, 2016
  2. Facebook EventEvent Page for Riff Fest 2015, accessed 30th January, 2016.
  3. Riff Fest Facebook Riff Fest 2016. accessed 30th January 2016
  4. RiffFest FacebookAccessed 19 July 2016
  5. Facebook
  6. Facebook Event
  7. Riff Fest Facebook
  8. Riff Fest Facebook
  9. Riff Fest Facebook
  10. APF Records Facebook Event
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