This year’s Winter Meltdown at Haley’s Lounge (March 1 and 2) is for those 19 and over – a departure from the last two annual events, which were open to all ages.
Nick Dugas, who owns the promotion company Yarmouth Metal with Jeff Clairmont, says they are not opposed to holding an all ages concert again, but that it would likely be in the summer.
The first Meltdown was held at the Knights of Columbus. Last year, the show was at Beacon Church.
“Haley’s is so much better to put on shows, because it is a bar setting and the sound’s so much better there,” said Clairmont.
Last year the Meltdown expanded from one day to two. Organizers found there were too many bands in the lineup and the show was a little tight. This year, there are a few less bands and the shows start a little later in the evening.
Pure Rock Fury (the cover band for Clutch) is getting many amped up.
“There are a lot of friends of mine that aren’t into the metal but they’re into Clutch, which is hard rock,” said Clairmont.
Several local bands are booked, including Bombing of Dresden from Wedgeport and Labrynthian (Marc Durkee.)
Performers for Friday, March 1 are:
Pure Rock Fury, The Rockville Warriors, Labrynthian, Slashy and The Rents.
On Saturday, March 2: Black Moor, Last Call Chernobyl, Bombing of Dresden, Severed Reign, Hitman and Black City Avenger will perform.
The mosh pit, frequently found at heavy metal performances, is a good place to let energy out, say organizers.
“If that’s your thing it’s super fun,” said Dugas.
“A lot of people compare it to meditation. You kind of just lose yourself in the moment and you’re with all these people who are like-minded. You know they’ve got your back if you fall. It’s not an aggressive, violent thing,” added Clairmont.
Last year, Yarmouth Metal was nominated for Promoter of the Year and Clairmont was nominated for Visual Artist of the Year, at Nova Scotia Music Awards.
The price is $15 each night or $25 for a weekend pass.