AKERCOCKE, THE ROTTED and DAM are the first confirmed bands for the UK Deathfest, set to take place on Sunday, May 3 at Leeds University Union in Leeds, U.K. The event, which will feature 16 bands performing on two stages, is being organized by the team behind Damnation Festival.

In a bid to beat the misery of the credit crunch and gloom of recession, a "January Sales" offer sees tickets available for just £14.50 until the end of the month.

Festival organiser Gavin McInally said: "Following the continued success of our Terrorizer Stage at Damnation Festival over the past four years, we felt it was time to give some of the U.K.'s most brutal talent the main stage to themselves.

"The first of hopefully many UK Deathfest events will feature two stages; a main stage of predominantly death metal and an alternative second stage crammed with doom, sludge, grind and even some thrash if we can squeeze it in.

"We're delighted that AKERCOCKE, THE ROTTED and DAM are already on board and we promise further stellar announcements in the coming weeks."

Doors will open early in the afternoon at UK Deathfest with bands being staggered between the stages throughout the day.

Gavin added: "In recognition of Britain's sorry financial state right now, we've kept our ticket prices to a bare minimum and friends sharing Travel Lodge rooms in Leeds can get booked in for as little as £10 each right now so we hope to enjoy the support of the U.K.'s extreme metal fan base without putting a dent in wallets!"

For more information, visit www.deathfest.co.uk.


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