Next year’s Damnation will take place in the 6,000 capacity BEC Arena, in Manchester. The festival will return to the city where it all started in 2005 after more than a decade of sold-out events at Leeds University Union.
Headliners for next year will be announced tomorrow, along with early bird tickets going on sale, frozen at £55 until the end of September – or they sell out – as a thank you for the incredible support during these last two difficult years.
Organiser Gavin McInally said:
“This is a bittersweet announcement as we cannot praise Leeds University Union or the venue’s management team highly enough. We built our reputation there, enjoying many, many highlights along the way and look forward to a leaving party to remember this winter.
However, we perhaps allowed ourselves to get a little too comfortable with the series of sell outs and accepted the unaviodable limitations on the event in terms of curfews, capacity and production we could offer artists, and in turn, fans. Damnation was never supposed to be an event we could organise in our slippers.
So, it’s time to get uncomfortable. We’ve booked an amazing arena, where the smallest stage is comparable to our current main stage. We’ve booked a line-up that blows away anything we’ve managed before and we have the freedom to organise an event our loyal fanbase deserves.
With Damnation 2021 selling out nine months in advance, more than 1,000 fans on the waiting list for tickets and so many toured-starved artists available to play in 2022, it really was a ‘now or never’ moment for the festival to take the plunge. If we can rely on the same support that has got us to this point, we’re confident we can host Europe’s biggest indoor metal festival, a stone’s throw from where it all started in Jilly’s Rockworld all those years ago.”
Sounds good to us. See you in Manchester!