Hammerdown Festival

Taking place in Worthing, Hammerdown Festival is aiming to be the Download of the south. This two day festival features a wealth of emerging rock talent that will satisfy every need.

After a short hiatus, Hammerdown Festival has returned bigger and better than ever with an exciting lineup of both signed and unsigned bands in a unique and atmospheric new venue. Taking place over the weekend of 6th & 7thAugust, rock and metal fans will descend on The Venue in Worthing where their ears will be treated to non-stop audible delights. The line-up features Esoterica, The City Is Ours, Bleed Again, Seething Akira, and Caine, along with a very special appearance by Mordecai in their last ever show. Check out the full lineup below.

The Venue is a converted Grade 2 listed Georgian chapel which has undergone a £2m refurbishment featuring state of the art equipment and offers fantastic acoustics. Hammerdown Festival has the privilege of being the first festival to take place at The Venue since it opened its doors in 2021.

Tickets for this amazing festival are just £25 for the whole weekend and are available here

We’ve put together this handy playlist to get you in the mood


Hammerdown Festival is the brainchild of Harry White and started life in 2015 under the name of Pitch Up Festival. Born from the love of rock and metal music, the desire was to create a ‘Download of the south’. The first festival took place in the tiny Danehill Village Hall and was headlined by Emp!re, who also played at Download. In 2016 the rebranded Hammerdown Festival emerged, reflecting the harder rock and metal vibe the festival offered. The venue, the 350 cap Martlets Hall in Burgess Hill was under review for closure by the local council and Hammerdown campaigned heavily to try and save it, gaining coverage in the local press as a result. 2016 saw sets from Death Remains, End of Daze, Rory Indiana, Mordecai, and more.

2017 saw Hammerdown bring Bleed Again, Exist Immortal and more to Burgess Hill and the festival had its best year yet. Despite the success of 2017 and the Hammerdown community thriving, the finances didn’t quite balance and the decision was taken to run a free event in 2018 which featured Outright Resistance, Mordecai, and the first oversees band Greve among the lineup. Hammerdown took a break in 2019, teasing a return that never was in 2020. COVID extended the planned one-year break to three years, but Hammerdown Festival is back with a bang in 2022!