Malpaga Folk & Metal Fest 10th edition – Day 2 – August 3rd

And the second night of the festival is also defined. Some new features of this new edition, the 10th:

  • The stage, twice as big as in other years, will be moved to the lawn area previously designated for tents to make listening more comfortable and attendance convenient.
  • There will be several widely marked parking spots from where one can comfortably get to the festival area with shuttles provided by the Organization
  • Admission will always be strictly free and open to all those who want healthy evenings of music, fun and cheerful company.
  • The cuisine will always be that which has made Malpaga famous; local specialities and affordable prices.

This is the program for the second evening starting at 7 p.m.

Dark Ages

After their cancelled performance due to rain two editions ago, the band from Verona returns with their original prog-folk rich with rock veins. Formed in the late 1980s thanks to the unwavering determination of guitarist Simone Calciolari excellently supported by keyboardist Angela Busato, the group has carried forward the banner of its particular genre since its founding. Five albums are a good calling card.


Already applauded in 2018, the five members from Vicenza, who have been on the track since 2011 by Mattia Pivotto, bring to Malpaga their folk of the Cimbrian culture and, in particular of the Asiago Plateau. mixing in a modern key sonorities and even different languages (English, Italian and ancient Cimbrian of the Sette Comuni). The Guardians of the Forest (the meaning of their name) have in Ilaria Vellar on accordion as the front woman of the formation. So far, they have released one demo and two albums.


Formed in 1993, Waylander released their debut demo in early 1995. Mixing Irish folk music with extreme metal, Waylander were soon dubbed Folk-Celtic or Pagan Metal. They soon made to gain prominence in the nascent Folk Metal scene, a position later cemented when they signed to Century Media their hit album, Reawakening Pride Once Lost. In 2011 they held an acclaimed and very long European tour after stabilizing the lineup. Now working on their as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, “Wayfarers” they are at the top of their game and ready to take the world stage with exciting new material to celebrate 30 years in the business.


A great gift is the presence of the British SKYCLAD from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, forerunners of the folk-metal genre who have chosen Malpaga itself to celebrate their 30th anniversary as well by retracing some of the stages of their recording achievements since the group was founded by Martin Walkyier with guitarist Steve Ramsey. After 15 albums, the Skyclad (transl. Clothed Only in Heaven), who consider themselves the direct heirs of Robin Hood, are ready to set the big castle stage ablaze; the dilemma will be which repertoire to present: so many small masterpieces birthed by the Newcastle band in which a heavy-power-thrash metal still a bit immature and far too complex is mixed with a folk-metal, bestowed especially at the height of acoustic ballads and full of pagan and Wiccan mysticism…

Benedetta Baldin

Hi! My name is Benedetta, I’m 29 and I live in Northern Italy. My passion has always been music: I started taking guitar lessons when I was 6. Now I work as a sales representative, but in my free time I interview talented people, I spread the word about my favorite band (MoonSun), and I go to concerts or travel around Europe. I am a huge collector of anything Tolkien-related, autographs, merchandise, and CDs. I am quite an original person and don’t mind being the voice outside of the choir (even though I play in the church’s choir!).