SOS Festival 2017 Announces First Bands

  • SOS Festival is thrilled to announce the first 9 bands for our 2017 edition, the 10th in our history.

    SOS Festival 2017
    SOS Festival 2017

    Headlining Friday we’re delighted to announce Kill II This. It’s great for us that another Manchester band has the kudos to headline, just as Absolva did us proud on our Friday in 2016. Kill II This blend extreme metal with elements of industrial electronica and even a little hip-hop. Terrorizer magazine summarized it well – ‘Their sound crosses clever industrial style sampling with fearsome guitar. Kill II This have created a beast which is threatening yet danceable’

    We can also announce for the Friday line-up a return for A Joker’s Rage, from York, who were comfortably one of the absolute highlights of SOS 2016, and I Saw The World Burn, from the Midlands, will bring their brutal, riff-laden thrash groove when they open up the weekend.

    Confirmation of Saturday headliners will have to wait until another day, but we’re excited to say the band that will fill the main ‘support’ slot is Screaming Eagles. This rock quartet from Northern Ireland have impressed during the past few years, not least with their song ‘Rock n Roll Soul’ which was featured in a hit US TV series ‘Justified’. Classic Rock magazine said this: ‘Think AC/DC fronted by a Paul Rodgers-style vocalist’ which is a great steer on the style and quality of this band.

    Also on Saturday we have symphonic metallers Pythia, based in the south of England, who were booked for 2016 but couldn’t make it due to horrendous traffic chaos. We’re delighted to say we’ve been able to re-book them for 2017. The other band that didn’t make it in 2016 due to serious illness to their drummer, is Crowsaw, from the South Wales border area, who are now confirmed for 2017, whilst for the first time from Sweden we welcome doom metalheads Core of Nation, long-standing friends of our management team.

    Our Sunday headliners are confirmed but not ready to be announced for a couple of weeks yet, so more exciting news is to come, but meanwhile for Sunday we are able to announce a very welcome return for Nottingham-based Fahran, exponents of a hard rock sound inspired by the likes of Queen, Thin Lizzy, Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry. Also on Sunday, we’re very happy to welcome Resin, from Leicester area, a band recommended by many of our friends and supporters.

    All the above bands are confirmed for the Dean Hocking Stage, that’s our main stage named after the bassist of Lincoln-based Nightvision, who was tragically killed in a car accident on 27th December 2012 at the tender age of 23. Dean graced the main stage at SOS Festival more than once and is forever fondly remembered and always missed, as a talented musician and dear friend.

    As well as the Dean Hocking Stage we have an acoustic stage kindly sponsored by Metal Nation Radio. We’ll be ready to announce bands for the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage before long.

    SOS is a 3 day, 2 stage, rock and metal festival in North Manchester, with an enviable reputation as the friendliest, most welcoming such event in the UK. For tickets and more information please visit

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