Killtown Bookings

KTB 2018 end of the year rant

So now it’s time for my yearly “end of the year rant” about Killtown Bookings (KTB). Indeed, 2018 was a good and productive year for Killtown Bookings. Aside from KTB’s longstanding tradition of tour booking, 2018 was the year which saw the resurrection of the Kill-Town Death Fest in collaboration with the “Undergrundsmusikkens Fremme” association, the opening of my first office (which sadly had to be closed down aswell) and last but not least the year in which I welcomed my first intern. Prepare yourself for a long rant…

2018 saw Killtown Bookings book and handle 15 international tours and 13 local shows. In total 237 shows– equivalent to more than 1 show every second day! 3 out of the 15 tours where booked by my partner Andrea from Killtown Bookings Belgium while the remaining 12 were handled by myself. I tour-managed and drove 8 of the 15 tours myself, cascading through thousands of kilometres of European highways with 130+ days spent on the road. Although the level of local shows dropped drastically compared to my activities the previous years, I still aim to bring the best underground music to Copenhagen. Overall this has been a great and productive year for Killtown Bookings and Im proud of me and Andrea´s accomplishments.
This, of course, would not have been possible without the friendship, the support and the collaboration of all the promoters and bands we work with. I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you – it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you all and I am looking forward to what 2019 will bring us! Last but not least, I would like to give a shout out to all of you who came to the shows and supported the amazing bands I had the pleasure to work with.

One of my personal highlights of the year was the “Curling Flames over Europe” tour with Profanatica (us), Rites of thy Degringolade (can) and Auroch (can) opening a new collaboration with Profanatica and Paul Ledney. This collaboration later lead KTB to work with them on coming back to Europe to support Watain on their latest November tour “The Trident’s Curse”. As I’m writing this we are already planning future projects. The tour was mainly made possible throuh my collaboration and friendship with Sebastian and Shawn from Auroch and The Covenant Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Great guys fighting the noble cause of the underground and keeping the metal banner high. Another highlight of the year was the return of our Los Angeles based partners in crime, Sadistic Intent. For the first time in their longlasting history, Sadistic Intent did a summer festival Euro tour called “Death Metal Darkness over Europe”. The tour brought them to Brutal Assault (cz), Party San (de), Motocultor (fr), Metal Mean (be) and Frantic Fest (it) plus club shows with Cannibal Corpse (usa), Grave Miasma (uk) and a planned show with Coffins (jp) which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a hurricane cancelling their flight to Europe!
Furthermore, 2018 also amounted to two tours with Venenum (de) and Slægt (dk) as a part of their “Europe in Trance” tour series which started back in 2017 with the successful Venenum and Reveal (swe) tour. Both 2018 tours were great experiences, bringing together the best guys on the road. In August, my favourite Denver crew came over and camped out in my office for no less than 2 months. August focused on a Blood Incantation festival run with successful performances at Brutal Assault (cz), PartySan (de), Void Fest (de), Helsinki Death Fest (fin), Beyond the Gates (no) and ending with an epic performance at Kill-Town Death Fest! September was dedicated to Spectral Voice, which after their performance at KTDF hit the road with Demilich for “The Putrefying Road of the Fifteen Corridors”, a 3 weeks run throughout central Europe. While Demilich were only on the road for the first 2 weeks it was an absolutely fantastic tour which had the pleasure of hitting Bloodshed Fest and NRW Death Fest! Finally, the year ended for me with a small run with Slægt which performed an epic show at Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2 weeks ago.

In April, I had the pleasure of welcoming my first intern. I was approached by Michaela in 2017, whom I had met on previous occasions in Stockholm where she was working for the Pussy A-Go-Go collective as an assistant. She currently studies music management and event coordination and had decided that she wanted to do her internship with me, something I think is really cool since she could have chosen to do it with a much bigger company. During her time with me, which spanned for about 6 weeks, she was broadly introduced to the field of tour booking and management. She was responsible for the preproduction for the Degial (swe) + Taphos (dk) tour in May which she also joined as a tour manager assistant and merch seller. The whole internship was a good experience for both of us (at least to my knowledge…) and has led us to working together on another project – a tour in April 2019 with Deathcult (ch) + Lucifericon (nl) – as part of her final exam project.

Michaela´s internship coincided with the opening of my office above the Copenhagen venue KB18 in late April. I had the office space offered already back in late 2016, but since the room was in such a bad shape it required a lot of renovation. Something I didn’t get started on until December 2017, being on the road for several months in the winter, I wasn’t able to open the office space before April 2018. The office was a perfect space which had two working stations so that Michaela had her own spot too. It also had a meeting area and a small tea-kitchen (with a Marshall fridge!) and the KTB logo painted on the wall by my friend Lærke (thanks!). Unfortunately shortly after I had opened the office, I was told that the contract of the building hadn’t been renewed by the city council and that the premises had to be evicted by November 1st. This also meant that Copenhagen lost one of its fine venues: KB18 which had been a long-time partner for the booking and the co-hosting of KTB shows. Not only a huge blow to KTB and me, but also to Copenhagen who lost another venue that took chances on smaller bands and hosted events that most other commercial venues didn’t take. The office was a great experience, but unfortunately way too short, therefore I’m currenly looking to find a new space – which so far has not been an easy task… Nevertheless, I will keep searching until another perfect spot turns up!

2018 was also a good and busy year for Slægt – the young handsome Danish quartet I manage. 48 shows in total spread throughout the year. Slægt is storming forward both nationally and internationally. In terms of national recognition they were nominated for two prestigious awards – none of them they won unfortunately, but still a sign that things are moving in the right direction and that their music is reaching a broader audience. The highlight of the year for Slægt was their performance at the Roskilde Festival in July – the biggest festival in Denmark and in all of Northern Europe. They were also invited to play Spot festival in Aarhus, a music industry festival where important people pad each other on the shoulders. Instead of mingling with music industry hot shots Slægt got wasted, puked and trashed the drums before fucking off… Internationally Slægt did three full tours and a mini tour in 2018 – 2 tours with Venenum (de) and one tour with Maggot Heart (swe/de) beside the before-mentioned trip to Eindhoven Metal Meeting. They also played the PartySan Open Air Warm up show in Weimar in May. 2018 was also the year where Slægt released their third full-length entitled “The Wheel” via Ván Records to much praise from the international metal media winning them a 1st place in Deaf Forever’s album of the month section with top reviews. Slægt will continue to storm forward in 2019 with a performance scheduled in January for the National Radio as part of a sold out 1200 cap “P6 Beat Rocker” show in the prestigious Koncerthuset which will give them airplay on the national radio. There is also 2 tours planned already – one with Ketzer (de) and one with Taphos (dk) along with a number of high profile national and international festival appearances confirmed already. April 5th 2019 will mark the day of yet another release from Slægt when they release the “Black Bombs” 7” EP. To say that Im proud of these guys and their accomplishments in 2018 is an understatement.

Of course, another personal highlight of the year for me was the much anticipated resurrection of Kill-Town Death Fest. It had been in the making for quite some time, but “The Resurrection” was unveiled to world on January 1st 2018. Presale started 10 days later with the announcement of the first band: Demilich! We wanted to try a new approach by announcing one band per day with an individual presentation, a KTDF 2018 picture frame along with links to Bandcamp, Facebook etc. in order to get as much attention as possible towards each of of the bands booked. The campaign worked better than anticipated resulting in the festival selling out in around 3 weeks time. The first time KTDF ever sold out! “The Resurrection” was moved from Ungdomshuset to the Pumpehuset venue in the centre of Copenhagen. It was a great experience working together with the venue and its staff making this festival come to life. Since they are the sweetest and most accommodating people to work with they made this a very pleasant experience. For the festival itself we booked 37 international bands with a focus on the new wave of old school death metal bands emerging from North America and aimed at presenting what in our opinion is the cream of the crop of contemporary international death metal. The line-up turned out much better than first anticipated and probably ended up being one of the best we have done so far. In the Association “Undergrundsmusikkens Fremme” we introduced two new powerhouses, the twins Katrine and Ida who handled the volunteer coordination and the majority of the logistics of the festival. Their effort and contribution to the festival was unparalleled and we could not have done it without them. As you can imagine it is a lot of work making such a festival, so when it comes to life, it is a big deal that everything runs smoothly and perfectly – and in the end it did. Everything worked out well besides Mortem not making it over the pond, something out of our control unfortunately. In my experience KTDF 2018 was a huge success and a very positive experience with an overwhelming amount of good feedback from the bands and attendees. At the same time, it was a very busy period for KTB with no less than 5 tours going around the festival – some more demanding than others, but all in all every tour were a success.

2018 is now over, but for Killtown Bookings we are of course one step ahead and have planned a series of tours and events for you in 2019 already. The scheduled tours can be seen here on this website where you can also find the latest news and updates on our activities.

We are looking forward to another busy year ahead of us and to see all of you out there on the road. 2019 might start out as good as 2018 did – only time will tell…

Daniel A//E

KTB tours 2018:
-Execration (n) + Reptilian (n) – “Return to the Void” – 18th – 28th January 2018
-Venenum (de) + Slægt (dk) – “Europe in Trance part II: UK / South Europe” – 9th – 25th Feb. 2018
-Profanatica (us) + Rites of thy Degringolade (can) + Auroch (can) – “Curling Flames over Europe” – 1st – 26th March 2018
-Arkhon Infaustus (fr) + Demonomancy (it) – “Evropa Unlight” 22 March – 6th April 2018
-Degial (swe) + Taphos (dk) – 2nd – 20th May 2018
-Bongzilla (us) / Dopethrone (can) / Sons of Otis (can) – 4th-11th July 2018
-Blood Incantation (us) – festival run 8th August- 9th September 2018
-Sadistic Intent (us) – “Death Metal Darkness Across Europe” – 8th – 19th Aug. 2018
-Incantation (us) – “Siege of the Profane Tour 2018” 30th August – 9th September 2018
-Necrowretch (fr) + Cemetery Urn (aus) “Burial Procession of Evropa” 6th – 21st September 2018
-Pissgrave (us) + Undergang (dk) – “North European Nauseation tour” 7th – 15th September 2018
-Demilich (fin) + Spectral Voice (us) –10th – 29th September 2018
-Slægt (dk) + Maggot Heart (swe/de) – “Secret Fires” tour 4th – 12th Oct. 2018
-Venenum (de) + Slægt (dk) “Europe in Trance part III – Scandinavia/Baltics” 13th – 21st October 2018
-Profanatica (us) supporting Watain (swe) “The Tridents Curse” 2nd – 25th Nov. 2018