The Drumheller Stampede Barn was rocking all weekend long as the Loud as Hell Metal Festival returned to the Valley for the seventh straight year.
"Friday night was our best Friday night we've ever had," reported event organizer Geoff Bourrie. "We did sell out yesterday (Aug. 4), we sold all the tickets that were available, so we're pumped, we're estatic."
The festival, which featured more than 35 heavy metal bands over three days, was capped at 300 tickets per day, but there were just as many volunteers, which makes up to 600 people per day at the site.
"It's taken some time to not only build our brand and what we're doing, but for people to kind of accept what we're doing locally," noted Bourrie. "We've had a few businesses really jump on board with us. Even though we're all metal heads and we wear a lot of black clothing and long hair, we're still buying gas, food and everything."
"We work really hard each year; it's a full time job almost year round; we start planning two weeks after we shut the doors today," he added. "It's definitely been a lot of hard work, but we're super blessed. It's our third sellout in a row, so we couldn't be more humbled by the response that we're getting."

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