PROPHECY FEST announce two more bands for the 2023 edition (sold out)

Prophecy Fest are proud to announce two more exciting bands for this year’s edition of the festival in the natural Cave of Balve. True, we said that the billing is complete some weeks ago, but with two amazing new signings such as SLAGMAUR and TAR POND, we could not resist making some space for them on our already completely sold out label festival.

The complete billing of Prophecy Fest 2023 (in alphabetical order):

Please find further details about location, travel, and ticket options below.

100% of all available tickets have been sold.

New confirmed bands:

SLAGMAUR by Thill Smitts

SLAGMAUR have earned a reputation as one of the most terrifying black metal bands. The Norwegians have built an international die-hard fan base, toured the world, and stole the show repeatedly as a highlight of major festivals. Their concerts are radically individualistic and inventive art as well as morbid and shocking. The only proper reactions are either silence or Munchian screams!

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Swiss doom visionaries TAR POND have just announced their sophomore full-length „PETROL“, which will be unleashed on September 15; just a few days after Prophecy Fest. The band featuring former CORONER drummer Marky Edelmann and renowned scratchboard artist Thomas Ott as vocalist was co-founded by the late Martin Ain, bass player and co-composer of the legendary CELTIC FROST.

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Prophecy Fest will bring dark, forward thinking music with an attitude to one of the world’s most fascinating cultural locations, the legendary, natural Cave of Balve („Balver Höhle“) again.

The three day event will begin on Thursday, September 7 and it will conclude with a final concert starting before midnight of Saturday, September 9.


Prophecy Fest was founded in 2015 and already already sold out at the first edition. This singular event for dark and innovative music takes place in the Balver Kulturhöhle („Balve culture cave“) in the Hönnetal („Valley of Hönne“) near the town of Balve in the Sauerland region of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The naturally formed karst cave has been used by humans already during the palaeolithic age. Is is an important archaeological site that yielded remains from many periods up and until medieval times. According to legend and the old Icelandic Thidreksaga, the mythical blacksmith Wayland learned his magical trade from dwarven masters in this cave.

The gravity of its history and the special acoustics of the Balver Cave provide a unique atmosphere that fits the musical programme of the Prophecy Fest perfectly.

For detailed information on accommodation, travel, and parking please consult the Prophecy Festival page:

The page will be updated regularly towards the festival.

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