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The Melbourne festival circuit is now officially open with the announcement of Kilfest – a one-day heavy music festival which will be held in the grounds of the historic Old Kilmore Gaol on May 1.


Presented by Quirky Sounds and HEAVY, Kilfest 2021 features a stellar line-up headlined by King Parrot with Desecrator, Frankenbok, High As Hell, Deadweight 80 and 29 Bones rounding out the local line-up, with Queensland outfits Diskust and Piston Fist making the trek South.


The festival site was a gaol from 1859 until 1891 when it was decommissioned and used as a butter factory. In the 1960s it became a private home and was a restaurant in the 1990s before reverting again to a private home in 2004. Today, the gaol is used for commercial purposes. Its bluestone walls and exterior appearance are the only original features that have been retained.


In what will be a picturesque and some would say fitting location for a metal event, the Old Kilmore Gaol is the perfect backdrop for Victoria’s re-emergence as the live music capital of Australia.


Proudly supported by Kinglake Distillery, The Guitar Room, Inkstinctive Tattoo and Eventbrite, tickets to the inaugural Kilfest will be $35 presale or $45 on the door.


In memorium and commemoration of the late, great Alexi Laiho, organisers are proud to name the stage after the founding member of Children of Bodom and extend their love and warm wishes to his family.


Tickets can be purchased through kilfest-tickets.


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