Dominion Festival – North East England’s first open air metal and rock festival – has been postponed.

The event, which was due to take place from July 29-31, at Ushaw Historic House, Chapel and Gardens in County Durham, has been rescheduled to the weekend of September 30-October 2, 2022.

In a statement made today on the festival’s Facebook page, organisers cited issues with the festival’s staging supplier as the reason for the postponement.

Dominion Festival was due to host acts including Napalm Death, Blind Guardian (pictured), Cradle Of Filth, Heriot, Satan and Svalbard over three days and across two stages.

The line-up for the rescheduled event is yet to be confirmed.

On the Facebook page, Dominion Festival stated: “The decision has been made due to major issues, that we have suffered with our staging supplier, who in recent weeks has been entirely unable to meet their obligations.

“The period between now and the festival weekend, does not allow time for a suitable replacement to be found, so with huge apologies and regret, we have had to make the difficult decision to put the date back by two months.

“Whilst not a cancellation, which sadly, so many festivals have had to succumb to during this incredibly difficult year for the live music industry, a reschedule is still a decision that we had to think carefully about.

“Other than the dates, however, everything else in relation to the event remains in place, for what will be a fantastic inaugural Dominion Festival.”

“If you’re unable to make the new dates, ticket refunds will be made from the ticket agents point of purchase, on request to and for everyone able to hang onto their ticket and attend on the new weekend, you will receive an email later this week with a link to order a free Dominion 2022 T Shirt, that you can then collect on arrival, as our way of saying thanks.

“The final line up confirmation will be posted up in the next few days and whilst this is disappointing news, it does not change our determination to establish a rock and metal festival in the North East, that will grow year on year and be a regular in the region’s live music calendar, that we can all be proud of.”

Blind Guardian photo by Dirk Behlau.