Katatonia double header over Damnation Fest


Swedish progressive metallers, Katatonia, are to perform their iconic album Dead End Kings exclusively at A Night of Salvation in Manchester before returning to Damnation Festival at the same BEC Arena the following evening to play a special greatest hits set.

The Dead End Kings set will close a A Night of Salvation main stage stacked with celebratory album exclusives, including Leprous performing Coal, Enslaved revisiting Below The Lights, Bossk showcasing Audio Noir and Viking Skull returning to the live scene with Chapter One.

Katatonia said: “We are very pleased to announce our return to the UK’s wonderful Damnation Festival.

“Ten years ago we played the Viva Emptiness album in full and now it’s time for Dead End Kings, an album we were meant to commemorate in 2022 but got stopped by the good ol’ ‘Rona. This is your chance to celebrate it together with us!

“The night after we will play another gig, which is us focusing on songs that are not on the Dead End Kings album… a representative treat of mope life classics. Do. Not. Miss.”

Damnation commander-in-chief Gavin McInally declared: “It’s quite the coup to not only have Katatonia return a decade after they last graced Damnation, but to once again celebrate a very, very special album with us. Those who were there in 2013 remember Viva Emptiness vividly and Dead End Kings will be no different this year.

“Being able to have the band back at Damnation the following day to showcase their extensive back catalogue in with an entirely different setlist, is the prefect combo.”

He added: “Dead End Kings, Coal, Below The Lights, Choronzon, Scorn Defeat, Audio Noir, Fixation on a Co Worker, Chapter One… it’s safe to say there will never be a repeat of this day of music, anywhere on the planet.”

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