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Years active  2005–2006, 2008–2015
Genre  Metalcore, hardcore punk, deathcore, extreme metal
Location(s)  Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Ghostfest is an extreme metal and hardcore punk festival in Leeds, England that first took place at The Cockpit across two days in August 2005, returning in 2006. It brought together the best of the UK's underground metal and hardcore crop along with metal and hardcore bands from Europe and America. There was no Ghostfest in 2007, but it has returned every year since 2008, and has now become a household name on the European indoor metal and hardcore scene, growing to ten times its original capacity since its inception in 2005 and selling out nearly every year in advance.


Ghostfest 2005

The first Ghostfest took place on Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August at the Leeds Cockpit on its smaller stage due to the main stage being unavailable. 18 of the underground metal and hardcore acts played. It was priced at £15 for a two-day pass. The whole festival was shot and released as a DVD.

Ghostfest 2006

The second Ghostfest took place on Saturday 12 August and Sunday 13 August. It was once again held in the Cockpit, but on both stages. In a bid to let people see as many bands as possible without any potential clashes, stage times were alternated between the two stages so one band would play on the main stage while another would set up on the second stage.

A day ticket cost £19, whilst a weekend pass cost £25.

Main Stage

Second Stage

*Pulled out

Ghostfest 2008

The third Ghostfest took place on Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June and was this time held at Rios Leeds. A day ticket cost £20 and a weekend ticket cost £30.

Some bands pulled out of their slots, including Consort With Romeo, who were replaced by Clone The Fragile for their last ever show. Annotations Of An Autopsy were replaced by The Rotted.

Tuborg Stage

Jagermeister Stage

*Pulled out

Ghostfest 2009

Ghostfest 2009 took place on Saturday 27 June and Sunday 28 June and was again held at Rios Leeds. The ticket prices dropped to £17.50 per day and £25 for the weekend.

Front Stage

Monster Energy / Honour Over Glory Stage

*Pulled out

Ghostfest 2010

Ghostfest 2010 took place at Leeds University Union on 26 and 27 June.

Monster Energy Stage

Honour Over Glory Stage / Thirty Days Of Night Records Stage

*Pulled out

Ghostfest 2011

Ghostfest 2011 took place at Leeds University Union on 25 and 26 June.

Monster Energy Stage

Honour Over Glory Stage

  • All Shall Perish pulled out due to problems with the release date of their album and were replaced by While She Sleeps.
  • Ghostfest 2012

    Ghostfest 2012 took place at Leeds University Union on 30 June until 1 July and for the first time bands were spread across three stages.

    Impericon Stage

    Monster Stage

    Time Will Tell Stage

    Ghostfest 2013

    Ghostfest 2013 took place at Leeds University Union on 29 June until 30 June.

    Impericon Stage

    Hype Stage

    Ghost Music Stage

  • The Acacia Strain pulled out of their European tour and were replaced by a secret band, called Bar School 101, who then revealed themselves (on stage) to actually be Your Demise.
  • Ghostfest 2014

    Ghostfest 2014 was announced 18 March 2014 with secret headliners finally revealed 16 June 2014. The event took place at Leeds University Union on 28 June until 29 June across two stages.

    Impericon Stage

    Skull And Bones Boys Club Stage

  • Close Your Eyes and Rotting Out pulled out of their European tours and were replaced by Breakdown Of Sanity and the 2004 lineup of Your Demise. Your Demise also pulled out and were replaced by Pay No Respect. Breakdown Of Sanity pulled out due to illness the day before and were replaced by Demoraliser.
  • Ghostfest 2015

    The ten-year anniversary of Ghostfest has been announced for 5 and 6 September 2015. The festival has reduced to one lineup as the event will now take place at the Leeds University Union and the Bristol Motion across three stages.

    Stage 1

    Stage 2

    Stage 3

  • The Eyes of a Traitor pulled out of their final shows and were replaced by Counting Days.
  • Emmure pulled out of the Leeds Festival date which resulted in Broken Teeth playing on the main stage instead of the third stage.
  • References

    Ghostfest Wikipedia

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