Dominion Festival – North East England’s first open air metal and rock festival – has been rescheduled to May 5-7, 2023.

The event was due to take place on the weekend of September 30-October 2, 2022, at Ushaw Historic House, Chapel and Gardens in County Durham, with a line-up featuring the likes of Sodom (pictured), Blind Guardian and Satan.

Dominion Festival had already been postponed from its original dates of July 29-31 2022.

The line-up for the rescheduled Dominion Festival, which will be held at the same location, is yet to be confirmed.

On the festival’s Facebook page, Dominion Festival’s organisers stated: “We have monitored feedback about the upcoming rescheduled dates and have had to conclude that the majority of people can’t make the new dates for various reasons, including the fact that they clash with other gigs in the region or people don’t want to camp in early October.

“This leaves the event in the position that it is not feasible to run Dominion at the end of this month with the expected numbers, nor would we wish to run the event without the required minimum attendance it needs to give it the atmosphere it deserves, and equally as importantly, to give it a long-term future.

“We are therefore rescheduling the event to the weekend of May 5-7, 2023.

“This is a decision we haven’t taken lightly but putting on a festival, with costs continuing to rise, logistical nightmares with staging and production, coupled with trying to align up top bands and headliners at short notice, has meant we have exhausted all options.

“We thought we could get the festival past the post in time, but we got it wrong.

“We are sorry.”

Dominion Festival’s organisers said that a further seven month delay would allow time for the festival to fully restructure its line up.

The statement also revealed that the final line up will be announced in stages during the next six weeks and would feature many bands who were due to feature on the original dates.

For the full statement and refund information, visit The Dominion Festival Facebook page here.