‘Black Flags Over Brooklyn’ fest nearing debut

The first-ever ‘Black Flags Over Brooklyn’ festival is set to premiere at Brooklyn Bazaar from January 25 through 26, serving as an anti-fascist, anti-racist extreme metal gathering led by local writer, editor, and radical organizer Kim Kelly, and featuring performances by over fifteen bands.

Here’s more info via the official event page:

The worldwide rise of violent white supremacy and fascism has put every one of us—but especially those in marginalized communities—at risk, and metal should not be allowed to become a breeding ground for right-wing extremism.

This festival is for those of us who reject and push back against that poison—who adhere to the mantra that “metal is for everyone (except Nazis),” and who are committed to cleaning up our own backyard. The artists on this lineup are all very different, but are all united under the same ethos: FUCK NSBM.

As we all know, metal is an incredibly vibrant, diverse subculture. Unfortunately, there’s a small but vocal contingent of traitors in our midst who care more about gatekeeping and upholding toxic ideologies like white supremacy, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry in general than in seeing the genre thrive.

Bands scheduled to appear include:

Dawn Ray’d
Cloud Rat
Vile Creature
Closet Witch
Glacial Tomb
Pulsatile Tinnitus
Trophy Hunt


A Friday night show will be followed by an all-day Saturday event that will include an all-day vendor market of band merch, label distros, radical publishers, activist organizations, local artisans, and more.

Get tickets for Friday here, Saturday here, and two-day passes here.

You can also support the festival via Kickstarter.

Stream music below.



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