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Armstrong MetalFest returns next week

Following two cancelled pandemic years, a host of metal bands are set to converge in Armstrong for two days of music
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Armstrong is set to see the return of MetalFest after two years of delays due to the pandemic.

Four headlining acts and 23 supporting acts are set to hit the stages at the IPE Grounds and the Hassen Arena in Armstrong on July 15 and July 16.

Headlining bands include Enterprise Earth (Spokane, Wash.), Zimmer's Hole (Vancouver), Neck of the Woods (Vancouver) and Omnia Nihil (Kelowna).

The act from Kelowna formerly known as Apollyon will be honouring Matt Depper, the band's former vocalist, who died suddenly in January. Organizers have named the festival's stage after Depper.

Other regional talent performing at the festival includes Sinitry (Salmon Arm) and Eden Echo, Naitaka, Kronikill and Pharm, all from Kelowna. The remainder of festival talent comes from other B.C. locales — mostly Vancouver — and Alberta.

Pre-sale tickets to this year's MetalFest are $159 for general admission, or $199 at the door for both days. Single-day tickets are $99 and also include one night of camping.

To purchase tickets and for more information, go online to