Armstrong Metalfest brings aggressive music to the North Okanagan

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Armstrong Metalfest celebrates 12th annual heavy metal festival
Heavy metal bands from Alberta, British Columbia and the U.S> are performing together at the Armstrong Metalfest this weekend. Sydney Morton popped into the mosh pit to see who is playing at the festival this year. – Jul 16, 2022

It’s a beautiful day to go inside and rock out to some heavy metal music.

Twenty-seven metal bands have converged in the North Okanagan for the 12th annual Armstrong Metalfest — two days of moshing in Hassen Arena at the IPE Fairgrounds.

Metal fans don’t just come for the music, organizers say. It’s more like a family reunion.

“When people who love metal meet other people who are into metal, they just click really easy. It’s just a really easy way to meet new friends that feel like old friends right out of the gate,” said Jesse Valstar, Armstrong Metalfest co-founder.

850 metalheads are in attendance.

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In the lineup there’s local talent like Eden Echo, Planet Killer, Kronikill, Naitaka and Pharm.

“Pharm is a progressive rock band. We like to have fun. We like it heavy but keep it fun and we do math, we do math on stage, it’s a bunch of nerd rock,” said Lucas Segall, lead singer and bassist of Pharm.


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