A Medieval Heavy Metal Music Festival Is Coming For Canberra & Melbourne

8 June 2023 | 2:46 pm | Mary Varvaris
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Want to dress up and mosh to heavy metal music? You'll be more than welcome at Questfest.

Questfest tour poster

Questfest tour poster (Source: Supplied)

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Questfest – Australia’s premier epic fantasy, or medieval, music festival is returning for its fifth year this September.

Year five of Questfest is tagged with the theme The Wild Wild Quest and for the first time, the event is touching down in Melbourne. The milestone fifth year of Questfest will be held at Canberra’s Basement.

Heading to both Canberra and Melbourne for Questfest is headliners Orpheus Omega, who recently released their Portraits EP in April. Making the trek with the prog-metallers are the two-steppin' Triple Kill (VIC) and the boot-scootin’ Saralisse (ACT). You can check out the full line-ups for both cities below.

As well as an array of Australia’s nerdiest musicians, Questfest will host two days of killer music, crafty costumes, fantasy gift stalls, the possibility of an impromptu ‘Beyblades’ battle and more.

Tickets are on sale now, with three tiers available now: 

Tickets begin at Easy Mode, which contains one ticket to Questfest. If you buy a Legend Mode ticket, you get to attend the event and score a Questfest 2023 t-shirt. The final tier, God Mode, comes with one ticket to the festival, a t-shirt, VIP soundcheck entry, and the chance to win signed a Questfest stage banner.

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FULL Questfest 2023 line-up for Melbourne and Canberra:
 Canberra – 2 September | The Basement:
Orpheus Omega | Triple Kill | Saralisse | BOUDICCA | Artifact | Trollgasm | Auld | The Loom of Time
 Melbourne – 9 September | Max Watts:
Orpheus Omega | Triple Kill | Teramaze | Andy Gillion | Saralisse | Stormtide | Carthus

With a career spanning four acclaimed albums three EPs and countless tour cycles both domestically and abroad, Orpheus Omega have cemented themselves as one of the hardest-working and entertaining mainstays of the Australian metal scene. 

On Portraits, the band recruited special guests Andy Gillion (Andy Gillion/ Ex-Mors Principium Est), Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid (Soilwork/Night Flight Orchestra), Jukka Pelkonen and Markus Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum) and Jim Grey (Caligula’s Horse), and showcased a truly raw and honest vision of each member of the band and their story so far.

Here is where you can buy tickets to the Canberra and Melbourne editions of Questfest 2023.