Franck Carducci Band To Headline Masquerade Fest In December


The Frank Carducci Band are to headline the one day Masquerade Festival at The Bedford in Balham, South London on December 11. Also appearing are The Gift, Red Bazar, Habu, Black Tunes and the Happy Graveyard Orchestra.

The festival is the brainchild of Mike Morton and David Lloyd from The Gift. It’s the successor to the four-day Resonance Festival, which was held at The Bedford in 2014.



Says Morton: “Resonance was very ambitious, and we are proud of what we achieved. But the logistics were unwieldy, to say the least. Lessons were learned. And a one day, one stage set up will be much more manageable. bookish and serious.

“All my favourite acts, from Genesis to Queen, with Alex Harvey in between, put on a hell of a show. That’s what we’ll all be doing. Bringing to Balham a little bit of Christmas, some steampunk and a touch of the Venetian. We are also asking the audience to come in fancy dress and masks!”

Doors will open at 12.30pm, with bands onstage from 1-10.30pm. Tickets for Masquerade are priced at £15 and are available here. Please note there will be a booking fee of £1.50 per ticket.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He died in 2021