Well, here it is. Decibel Geek‘s complete coverage of our first experience at Brofest #5 in Newcastle UK. On hand for the event, we found Decibel Geek website editor/staff writer Rich “The Meister” Dillon, Swedish staff writer Mikael “The Lionsheart” Svensson and staff writer Graham “Sparky” Spark. The boys had a fantastic time overall, catching tons of great rock and meeting new friends and band members alike. Here you’ll find daily recap overview articles for each of the three festival days, spotlight reviews on certain band’s sets, live videos (coming soon), and interviews from Brofest 2017.
BroFest is a classic rock and metal, NWOBHM styled, festival taking place February 23, 24, & 25, 2017 in Newcastle, UK. The festival is in its 5th year for the 2017 event and showcases an incredible roster for those deep into NWOBHM. While I enjoy many styles of metal and bands, NWOBHM is generally a perennial fave. Most bands falling into this genre are high on my list of often played and bucket listers to see live. There are, of course, the greats, the bigger, more widely known names such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Diamond Head, Saxon and early Def Leppard. But there is a lot more to the NWOBHM genre.
The movement began in the United Kingdom in the late 1970’s. According to Wikipedia: NWOBHM began as an underground phenomenon growing in parallel to punk and largely ignored by the media. The movement involved mostly young, white, male and working–class musicians and fans, who suffered the hardships brought on by rising unemployment for years after the 1973–75 recession. As a reaction to their bleak reality, they created a community separate from mainstream society to enjoy each other’s company and their favorite loud music.
Special thanks to all the organizers, crew and especially the bands for an absolutely stellar three days of live metal. We will all be rocking out again at BroFest #6 in 2018, so feel free to join the Decibel Geek crew! Reach out if you’re going and want to meet for a frosty beverage or 2. Hope to see you there.