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Obey the Riff 2020

Sat Mar 7th, 2020

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After the sell out success of this year's inaugural Obey the Riff Festival, 2020 will see the day/night event return bigger and better to Panhead Brewery in Upper Hutt.

Doubling the number of bands from last year, including 3 internationals, the day promises to be the premier heavy riff festival in New Zealand.

This year's headliners are UK cult heroes Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats who return to New Zealand for the first time since 2014. Off the back of 5 critically acclaimed albums including last year's brilliant Wasteland, the band have played every major rock festival worldwide and supported Black Sabbath throughout Europe in 2013.

With their blend of proto-metal and turbo blues, come witness what Decibel Magazine calls a groovy, evil delight.

Back again are Wellington sludge titans Beastwars. After a 2 year hiatus the group returned with their fourth album, IV which debuted at number 1 on the Top 40 album charts and was followed up by a sold out tour of New Zealand and Australia and nominations for Best Group and Best Rock Album at the New Zealand Music Awards. The band who invented the mantra Obey the Riff will be playing the sunset slot as the night goes dark and the witches come out.

Canberra's Witchskull were last seen in New Zealand in June supporting Beastwars and giving them a good run for their money. Label mates with Uncle Acid on Rise Above Records Witchskull have been described as Ozzy Osbourne singing for Motorhead and we think that's about right! With riffs for days, ripping guitar solos and the hairiest, most pounding rhythm section you're ever likely to see - we are stoked to welcome these Aussie brothers back to New Zealand.

On their first ever visit to New Zealand, Sydney 3 piece Potion promise to deliver a set of crushing fuzz-drenched psychedelic doom. With 2 EPs and impressive support slots to their name they are fast becoming one of the most in demand heavy bands in Australia. Their unique combination of early Sabbath riffage with the brutality of the modern hardcore will ensure them as a highlight of the festival for many.

Full lineup will be revealed on December 9th.

metal, uncle acid and the deadbeats, beastwars

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