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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monster Energy / Honour Over Glory Stage
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
Ghostfest 2011 took place at Leeds University Union on 25 and 26 June.
Monster Energy Stage
Honour Over Glory StageAll Shall Perish pulled out due to problems with the release date of their album and were replaced by While She Sleeps.
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.
Time Will Tell Stage
Ghostfest 2013 took place at Leeds University Union on 29 June until 30 June.
Ghost Music StageThe 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 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.
Skull And Bones Boys Club StageClose 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.
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 3The 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.