Nails and Bleeding Through among first 10 bands for Damnation 2024

They’ll be joined by Ahab, Gatecreeper, Russian Circles and more at the Manchester metal fest.

Nails and Bleeding Through among first 10 bands for Damnation 2024
Nick Ruskell

Damnation Festival have announced the first wave of bands for 2024's shindig.

Returning U.S. aggro crew Nails and metalcore heroes Bleeding Through will both be making exclusive UK appearances, with the latter performing This Is Love This Is Murderous in full.

"The UK has always been a special place for Bleeding Through," say the band. "When we released This Is Love This Is Murderous the UK treated us as one of their own, and we felt the love from our UK fans more than anyone else.

"The connection that we formed with them really helped drive us as and become the band that we are today. We owe the UK so much and we are stoked to go back and share our music with our incredible fans."

Also announced for the fest, taking place at Manchester's Bowler's Exhibition Centre on November 2, are Gatecreeper, Ahab, Russian Circles, The Ruins Of Beverast, Celeste, DOOL, Hexis and the UK debut of Gillian Carter.

Damnation organiser Gavin McInally says: "With 1,400 tickets sold before we'd even announced a band, the pressure was on to repay that faith.

"Landing not only the return of Bleeding Through, but an exclusive play through of This Is Love, This Is Murderous was an unbelievable coup, and then to bag Nails' only UK show on top, is a carnage combo that will need to be survived.

"Will Love Lost in a Hail of Gunfire or You Will Never Be One of Us be the soundtrack to BEC Arena being split in two, or will Gatecreeper have something to say about that as they reach for the top of the death metal pile?

"Russian Circles has been a long time coming while the incredible Ruins of Beverast, Dool and Hexis also make Damnation debuts while fan favourites Celeste and Ahab make their returns."

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