Sword of Damocles Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup with Mars Red Sky, Yuri Gagarin & More

This is deeply admirable work, especially as a first edition. Sword of Damocles is a new festival taking place Oct. 19, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland. An all-dayer, also with a pre-show the night before, so it doesn’t seem impossible they might expand at some point, but you gotta get through the first one first.

To do so, the DIY-style fest has put together a seven-band lineup with six of the included acts — Yuri Gagarin, Wet Cactus, Maha Sohona, Five the Hierophant, The Lunar Effect and Troy the Band — making their Scottish debuts, while the seventh is headliner Mars Red Sky, who’ll perform with special guest Helen Ferguson (aka Queen of the Meadow) who was so much a part of what made their Dawn of the Dusk LP (review here) such a highlight late last year.

An immediate sense of curation, a breadth of styles covered, and a show that Scotland has never seen before, all in one package. The ambition is noteworthy, but even more, it looks like it’s going to be a great time for those who make it out. May it be the first of many to come:

sword of damocles festival 2024 poster

Tickets: https://damoclesfest.com/tickets/

From the centre of Glasgow, SoD is bringing 7 of the best stoner/alt rock bands to your door, Saturday, October 19th.

Featuring an incredible line-up with Mars Red Sky (plus special guest Helen Ferguson of Queen of the Meadow) headlining the Saturday night, accompanied by Yuri Gagarin, Wet Cactus, Maha Sohona, Five The Hierophant, The Lunar Effect, and Troy The Band. Six of whom are performing in Scotland for the very first time, welcome to the Sword of Damocles.

Independently run, underground at heart, Sword of Damocles offers a new experience to the Glasgow music scene.

Featuring an array alternative acts, from stoner rock to avant-garde, we hope to offer a little something to everyone who’s in Glasgow, and is in to all things heavy!

Expect stoner, psych, and desert vibes as these incredible acts come to grace the stage at Glasgow’s iconic Classic Grand.

Mars Red Sky (excl. set)
Yuri Gagarin (SCO debut)
Wet Cactus (SCO debut – excl. set)
Maha Sohona (UK debut)
Five The Hierophant (SCO debut)
The Lunar Effect (SCO debut)
Troy The Band (SCO debut)

1x Adult Ticket – £49 + payment fees
Ticket price on the door: TBD
(Pre-Show: Info coming soon)

Artwork credits: Gravelord Deathworks – Arts & Designs


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One Response to “Sword of Damocles Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup with Mars Red Sky, Yuri Gagarin & More”

  1. Mick says:

    This is most excellent news for Glasgow, my hometown. The UK’s 3rd largest city, yet often missed by touring bands and promoters (the common misconception being the UK consists of England only). I’d never have thought id get to see Yuri Gagarin live and, hopefully, this (and the Red Crust Fest) becomes an annual event and grows from srtrength and I don’t need to be envious of the Ripplefest, the Roadburns and the Freak Valleys any longer!

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