Skip to content
Join our Newsletter

'Bring together the darklings and metalheads': New Metro Vancouver metal festival to focus on femme talent

It's the self-proclaimed "ultimate heavy music campout festival"
Bludshed Heavy Music Fest replaces B.C.'s Metalocalypstick (pictured in 2016). The summer event in Metro Vancouver will include horrorcore, dark rap, punk, and heavy metal acts.

A festival is moving into Metro Vancouver this year and bringing with it a focus on performers often not associated with heavier music genres.

Metalocalypstick originated in B.C.'s interior in 2016; in 2020, the concert was cancelled due to the pandemic, and it hasn't returned.

Until 2024.

Renamed Bludshed Heavy Music Fest, the femme-focused festival has a new home in a Surrey field where the two-day "ultimate heavy music camp-out festival" will take over.

"At Bludshed, we believe in showcasing the best femme talent in the heavy metal scene," reads the festival's website. "Our festival is a celebration of women in music and an opportunity to bring together the darklings and metalheads from all over the world."

Two-day fest will be 'where the hardcore ladies of the heavy music scene are' says organizer

Founded by Kaija Kinney, a member of the Vancouver band Anarcheon, the festival is an all-inclusive event.

"Bludshed is where the hardcore ladies of the heavy music scene are. Everything’s female-centric," says Kinney in a press release.

The relaunched festival will be taking place Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Bludshed's stage will feature a broad range of heavier music, including punk and trapcore. Day one will focus on genres like trap metal, horrocore, and dark rap, while the second day will feature metal, punk, and hardcore bands.

A lineup hasn't been announced yet, and the festival is still taking some applications for band slots.

Event an open-air festival with camping available 

As a two-day festival, people will be able to stay overnight at the festival.

"There will be food vendors on site and there are grocery stores within driving distance. Walking to these destinations aren't recommended," reads the site. "There will be no open flame permitted unless it is propane controlled."

While the line-up hasn't been finalized, tickets are already available. A two-day pass is $79 (after fees) and a one-day pass is $43 (after fees). Children 12 and under are free.

Camping and RV sites are available for a fee as well.