The world is changing, and with it, so is the way that music looks at everyday problems. That being said, the very first World Metal Congress will take place in London on March 23rd.
The aim of the event is to bring together fans of Metal music to celebrate the global success of the genre and bring industry experts and fans to one singular place for two days of open panel discussions, documentary screenings as well as live shows.
One of the leaders of the event, Alexander Milas, a former editor of Metal Hammer and the founder of science and music festival Space Rocks says of the event: “This is a world-first,” adding: “In these troubling times the fact that this music resonates with people of every colour and culture and creed is an incredibly special thing, and we want to shout that from the rooftops.
“With the w\m/c we’re creating a unique forum to help bring that truly global community together, and we’ve already had a phenomenal response.”
“I’m really pleased to hear that the World Metal Congress will be taking place in the UK,” says Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. “The metal community is huge but rarely gets the recognition it deserves. My best wishes for a successful event.”
The panels at the event look to be really interesting and will include some industry heavyweights such as Metal Hammer‘s Dom Lawson, UK’s Radio 1, the Wacken Festival organizers, record label Music For Nations and Vice. As for the artists that will be in attendance, we know that Napalm Death’s Barney Greenaway will be attending, and delegates from as far as Afghanistan, India, Lebanon, Nepal, and Syria will also be flying in for the event.
Napalm Death’s Barney Greenaway said: “Human rights and universal artistic license are tightly intertwined,” says Greenway. “Breaking tired old stereotypes, celebrating free creative expression without borders and confronting and debating challenging ethical band decisions continues to be an absolute must.”
As well as documentary films, there will be live performances from Singaporean grindcore band Wormrot and South African metallers Zombies Ate My Girlfriend during the three-day Metal Congress.
You can get lots more information, and ticket details by visiting the w\m/c website.