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Eeek! Danzig's heavy metal music festival in California will feature a torture castle

A heavy metal festival in California that’s the brainchild of Glenn Danzig of American heavy metal band Danzig will feature a torture castle, and is being marketed as a cultural experience and an escape.

A heavy metal music festival launched by Danzig in California will feature a “torture castle.” Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images
A heavy metal music festival launched by Danzig in California will feature a torture castle. Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images

The Blackest of The Black festival will come to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, 26 May and Saturday, 27 May. It will host two music stages, curated by Danzig, with performances by some of the heaviest acts around.

Danzig's heavy metal music festival in California will feature a “torture castle.” Image: Blackestfest.com
Danzig’s heavy metal music festival in California will feature a torture castle. Image: Blackestfest.com

A number of sinister attractions are on offer, including Castle Danzig, which is a fully immersive walkthrough experience of pain, pleasure and metal, based on the music and graphic novels of Danzig. Fans will get to fully experience being placed in stocks, torture on the rack, and some light electrocution – no biggie! Torture Countess Drukija will guide attendees though their first virgin sacrifice before relaxing into a nice warm blood bath.

Danzig's heavy metal music festival in California will feature a “torture castle.” Image: Blackestfest.com
Danzig’s heavy metal music festival in California will feature a “torture castle.” Image: Blackestfest.com

The world’s foremost suspension artist will be hanging the most daring fans from hooks, and suspending them up to 20ft in the air. Fans will also have the opportunity to wriggle into a strait jacket and chill out in the padded cell, where their friends can watch them freak out on video.

Danzig's heavy metal music festival in California will feature a “torture castle.” Image: Blackestfest.com
Danzig’s heavy metal music festival in California will feature a torture castle. Image: Blackestfest.com

If this sounds like your idea of a fun festival, further information is available from Blackest of the Black website.

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