Yorkshire’s Epic Gatherings of Viking, Folk, Black, Death & Doom Metal

Warhorns is a bi-yearly independent Viking-themed underground festival that specializes mostly in folk, black and melodic death metal. We are open to other genres, including traditional, doom, power metal and acoustic/traditional music acts, and weird stuff -- in fact, the weirder the better. Our preference is to book bands that rarely or never play the UK, though we also like to give underground newcomers the opportunity to play at our events. If you are interested in performing at one of our festivals, feel free to contact us for more information.

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Late Winter Fest will take place on the 12/13th April and is a great way to begin the festival season.

Late Summer Fest will take place on the 5/6/7th September

and is a great way to end the festival season.

The Venue

The venue for Warhorns Late Winter and Late Summer Fests is Drax Sports Club, which is adjacent to Drax Power Station between Goole & Selby in Yorkshire. The band room is indoors inside the venue. As well as the band room, the venue also features an award- winning restaurant/bar as well as a camping area with 24-hour access to proper toilets. There are likewise proper showering facilities acessible from between 7am and 11pm.

*Note the showers are communal (but gendered). So if you’re shy, bring a swimming costume.

The venue is open for breakfast from 8am and closes at midnight, with last orders generally being around 11:30pm.

Drax Sports Club

Main Road


North Yorkshire


01757 618041


Drax offers onsite camping. This is not your typical festival camping, it is a proper camping area that is also used by the public and contractors that work at the Power Station, and is therefore subject to industrial noise regulations. Consequently, there must be rules in place. No open fires (BBQs), no glass bottles and a strict 1am noise curfew. Both the campsite and venue are monitored by 24-hr security. Furthermore, we expect everyone to tidy up after themselves.


On the 2nd December 2023 we teamed up with our allies Heavy Metal Entertainment and put on an evening of Viking entertainment @Venue 23 in the city of Wakefield.

Vikings II

This event was so well received that we’ve decided to return to Venue 23 in Wakefield and do it all again on the 7th December.


All our tickets are sold via our bigcartel store. These are mostly E-Tickets and you’ll need a copy of your paypal receipt to collect your wristband and gain entry.

Furthermore, camping tickets have to be purchased separately (also via our bigcartel), as we simply sell them on behalf of Drax to make things easier.

Frequently asked questions regarding tickets:

Can I bring my dog? Yes - dogs are welcome on the camping field and in the outside seated areas, however they’re not permited inside any of the buildings.

Can I bring my kid? Yes - There are no age restrictions. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Under 14s get in for free but must be accompanied by a paying adult (1 Adult to 2 under 14s)


Warhorns is a very friendly festival and welcomes everyone. We have many people who have attended for the first time as a loner and made friends for life.

Feel free to join our facebook group and see what we are all about.

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Warhorns History

As of September 2023 Warhorns has put on 14 festivals featuring 157 bands from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, USA & Wales.

The following bands have previously performed at a Warhorns Event: Skyforger, Wolfchant, Nothgard, Angeli Di Petra, Celtachor, Old Corpse Road, Ravenage, Annwn, Windrider, Desiderium, Shallow Intentions, Morlich, Cryptic Age, Aloeswood, Norderobring, Fjoergyn, Black Messiah, Maelstrom, Mekkwarrior, Northern Oak, Infernal Creation, Mael Mordha, Kull, Red Rum, Haerken, Gymir, Jaldobaoth, Sellsword, Forneus, Shades Of Avalon, Gods Of War, Iron Seawolf, Skyclad, Skiltron, Finsterforst, Mountains Crave, Solstice, Cnoc An Tursa, Firtan, Aklash, Elysium, Cryptic Forest, Manegarm, Saor, Scarab, Dothbogria, Tor Marrock, Countless Skies, Whispered, Dark Legacy, Stahlsarg, Scutum Crux, Stonebearer, Nyogtha, Ice King, Sathamel, Valafar, De Profundis, Daemona, The Infernal Sea, Fen, Darkest Era, Lagerstein, Arkham Witch, Necronautical, Voltumna, Martyrium, Sodomized Cadaver, Vehement, The Crimson Brigade, Heathen Deity, Skoll, Petrichor, Damnation’s Hammer, Lillith’s Keep, Mordrake, Scars Of Sense, Wind Rose, Isarnos, Kalmah, Obscurity, Aephanemer, Dark Forest, Opus Mortis, Atorc, The Prophecy, Fjords, Morpheus Rising, Na Cruithne, Ante-Inferno, Runemaster, Wyrdstaef, Hex Morbity, Kampfar, Nightrage, My Silent Wake, Satarial, Demonic Resurrection, Zornheym, Abduction, Trivax, Pallas Athena, Burial, Vanaheim, Agrona, Sininen, YYLVA, Andracca, Draugr, Deadwood Lake, Cistvaen, Solfyr, The Great Old Ones, Darkher, Dawn Ray’d, Formicarius, Cairiss, Bootyard Bandits, Elliot Vernon – The Flame, Footprints In The Custard, VLKA, ElvenDale, Akilla, Forlorn Hope, Winterfylleth, Womenowar, Frozen In Shadows, Denali, A Forest Of Stars, Aventail, Fellowship, Battle Born, Asira, Morgarten, Paranoiac, Argesk, Pythia, Wolfbastard, Elderseer, Masters Call, Bring To Bear, Thrunawulf, Ravenhymn, Call Of Fenrir, Gwydion, Ruadh, Albion, Thy Kingdom Will Burn, Vansind, Syn Ze Sase Tri, Imperial Demonic, King Of The Dead, War Shepherd, Spirit Tree, Grimgotts, Heathen Kings, The Anchors & Blood Oath.

Band applications

Warhorns receives hundreds of bands applications every year. Since we do not have that many slots available, please don’t be disapointed if your application is unsuccesful, just try again the following year. As stated on our home page, ideally we prefer Viking, folk, black, doom or melodic death metal. That said, it’s not just about having good music, we also like bands that have a unique on-stage appearnce and capture their audience’s attention. Our events are not just limited to metal bands, we have also booked traditional music, folk bands and the downright unconventional in the past. It’s all about balance, if we think the Warhorners will like it - we’ll give it a go.

Contact us for an application form:


warhorns @ live.co.uk