Back in March, the mysterious and mesmerising Magna Carta Cartel reignited their flame after 9 long years to play two live performances. The Black Heart was lucky enough to play host to this momentous occasion - the shows sold out in a manner of minutes, with fans from all over the world flying into London to bare witness to their return. 

The band brought along Claudio Marino to capture the whole event and find out why the band have developed such a cult status despite having rarely performed live. Check out the full video below...


Our favourite weekend of the year, the incomparable Desertfest London returns for its 7th year of the obliteration of Camden Town. Offering up the very best in the world of stoner rock, doom, sludge, psych and all its subsidiaries, Desertfest is the ultimate weekend of big riffs and even bigger parties.

Once again, The Black Heart will play host to not only a stage across the three days - but act as the main hub of all measures of insanity. With the official pre-party with ASG taking place on Thursday, the most mental afterparties of the weekend, our street (Greenland Place) closed off for the festival with an outdoor Brooklyn Brewery bar, merch areas & more, some super special beers on tap, shots of Julia's infamous Bloody Mary and basically just all of the good times you could ever imagine happening over a weekend EVER, Desertfest 2018 is set to be the biggest year yet.
To get you in the mood, the DF crew have created us a playlist of killer jams from a bunch of the acts playing. Check it out by clicking the below photo & get your ears, neck and livers prepped... 

The Desertfest x Black Heart afterparties are a thing of legend, with queues stretching round the block just to get in last year. We've got some of our favourite, most raucous party bringers ready to keep the groove going, the shots flowing or whatever else tickles your fancy...



Anarchic booze fuelled brother sister duo playing the best in doom, heavy metal, and punk ragers. No strangers to the decks in and around this 'ere London town of ours, expect them to bring heavy metal riffs and whisky fits to fuel the opening night deep into the darkest hours.

11pm - 3am





Anarchic booze fuelled brother sister duo playing the best in doom, heavy metal, and punk ragers. No strangers to the decks in and around this 'ere London town of ours, expect them to bring heavy metal riffs and whisky fits to fuel the opening night deep into the darkest hours.

11pm - 3am




The annual Desertfest closing party, time to drown your sorrows and facilitate the impending bank holiday hangover with a final hurrah and glasses raised as the weekend draws to a blurry close. DJ Harris once again presides in his own inimitable style, spinning stoner rock, heavy jams, and highway ripping anthems right 'til the livin' end!

11pm - 3am



We caught up with long-time friend of the Heart and the fastest ripping drummer to walk this Earth, the righteous Dave Witte from Municipal Waste, Brain Tentacles and, like, a zillion other bands. 
A beer fan of the highest order and as someone who spends probably 3/4 of the year travelling, Dave is not only a tried and tested road dawg, he’s a tried and tested beer road dawg. Municipal Waste are no strangers to a good time - having collabed with a number of breweries over the years and throwing some of the most legendary parties in punk rock. Dave is a regular visitor of The Black Heart every time he’s in town, so we had a bit of a chat with the fella to find out what he's lovin' guzzlin' at the moment...


The best part about touring is trying all the new beer being made these days, I’ve been nuts about beer since that bottle of De Dolle Stille Nacht changed my life back in the day. I usually gravitate towards bigger beer, but there really is a style for all occasions and situations I believe. That being said, you could be adventurous and try something new or go with a classic ‘cause they never get old. In fact, I think Old is becoming the new New… with the resurgence of lagers and pilsners being so out there at the moment. Bring it on, I’m all about the old school.”

Dave is already pretty damn familiar with our offering, but has picked his Top 3 from our current selection to help you plan out a night of no sobriety...

"Go with anything Cloudwater! They are brewing up a storm of styles and have even collaborated with The Veil brewing company, who are from my home. Richmond, VA. 

Gigantic Brewing from Portland, OR are great brewers, very versatile and make top notch beer, try out the collab bottle with Magic Rock if you fancy something tart. 

Evil Twin Even More Jesus is a huge imperial stout that’s a perfect night cap or maybe more like a nail in the coffin."

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"What I’d like to try next time I’m in London town - the Amundsen: Run to the Pils because Iron Maiden are my favorite metal band ever! And the ABC Juice Springsteen since I’m originally from New Jersey! 
Overall, The Black Heart has a killer beer list that’s pretty diverse and can cure anyone’s thirst, I’m itching to get back on one of those bar stools and sink a bunch of cold ones!"



Remember when we did a FREE show for The Bronx in our 150 capacity venue? Y'all were queuing from 11am, there was stage diving from bars, people losing shoes and more beer spilt all over the place than any gig we've ever seen. It was carnage.
Thanks to our buddies at Old Empire for making this happen and to James Sharples for capturing all the madness. Check out the video here!


Our drinking/gigging/sound magnifying buddies over at the legendary Orange Amps have made us a killer playlist of sweet jammers to treat your ears, all while we treat you with sweet brews. It ain't no secret Orange are the staple of that heavy sound we all live for, artist relations manager Dan Darby shares the following on their ALL killer NO filler playlist-

"When I was asked to pick some bands from Orange's roster for a BH playlist, it didn't take long to put something rad together! Luckily I could have added hundreds to the list, the difficulty was cutting it down. I tried to have some bands that have played, or were playing, Desertfest London such as Graveyard and Sleep, as well as bands that have graced the Black Heart such as The Bronx and Red Fang. Then I thought yeah, Deftones and Kvelertak because you know what? I just want them on my list! So hopefully there are some interesting bands that wouldn't sound out of place, blaring out of the Black Heart speakers at 2 o'clock in the morning. We'd like to think so anyway! "

Sounds pretty damn good to us... Click the link to check it out!



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Dreaming of a white Christmas this year? You better dream on, because Hackney brewers Forest Road Brewing Co. launch their Pitch black ale at the Black Heart this Thursday!

Resurrected after popular demand, Forest Road's beloved Pitch is getting an official launch party to celebrate the brewery's re-release of the black ale, with just enough produced to see through these cold, dark months.

Brimming with dark, chocolatey, Belgian malts and hops, the Pitch boasts a lovely toasted malt base under refreshing, thirst-quneching layers of bitterness. At 4.8%, it's a bit more sessionable than a porter. 

The party starts at 7pm, but get down quick - we've only got two kegs of these bad boys!




Our annual Halloween spectacular is nearly here, and we've got some delicious details to share with you ahead of the madness!

We've got a special tap takeover from Norwegian nutters Amundsen Bryggeri and we'll have the following beers available - 

Apocalyptic Thunder Juice (New England IPA, 6.5%);
Hop Magic (NEIPA, collaboration with Dugges and Dry & Bitter breweries, 7%);
Lush Raspberry and Lime Berliner Weiss (Sour, 5.5%);
Super Santa (special chocolate and coffee stout, 4.7%);
and Marshmallow Psycho (special-release cognac barrel-aged imperial stout, 12.3%).

We'll also have cans, in the main bar and the venue, of Everyday Hero (session IPA, 4.7%), Rebel King (imperial stout with coffee and vanilla, 8.5%), Run to the Pils (craft pilsner, 4.7%), Ink & Dagger (IPA, 6.5%), and Lush Raspberry and Lime Berliner (5.3%).

Kicking off at 7pm THIS Saturday, we'll have live tunes upstairs courtesy of Slabdragger, Under & Trevor's Head; hard and hairy hits downstairs from our friends Born Again Heavy Metal Soundhouse; tasty as hell food from The Devils Kitchen; and as usual, it's FREE entry. Don't miss the best party of the year! 


Here's your latest update on the beers we have on tap at the Black Heart this week. We’ve got a ridiculously diverse offering on, including a breakfast stout, a golden ale, a couple of IPAs, a scotch ale, and a sour. Get stuck in!

First up is Alphabet Brewing Co.’s Flat White, a white breakfast stout from the Manchester brewers. With aromas of coffee beans, black pepper and green leaves, and flavours of fresh coffee and chilli zest, the Flat White is dry, herbal and chocolatey. Its pepper, dark chocolate and milky coffee finish is one to stick around for. 7.8%.

Next we’ve got the first of two IPAs, the Deviant from Salisbury brewers Dark Revolution. This American-style pale ale has light, tropical fruit and citrus aromas with an enjoyably bitter taste. The finish is a malty sweetness with dry pineapple and coconut notes. 5.6%.

Then it’s onto a criminally delicious collaboration between Swedish/Norwegian brewers Beerbliotek and Cervisiam - Not Guilty! The OJ IPA. Unsurprisingly juicy tasting with a long bitter, and lightly sour, aftertaste, this full-bodied IPA is sweet, malty, and bursting with citrus, grapefruit and pineapple aromas. We can’t believe they’re getting away with it. 7.5%.

On to our golden/blond ale now, Beavertown Says Amateur Hour. Medium bodied, the Amateur Hour is soft, smooth, well-rounded and flavourful. Sweet aromas and tastes of peach, apricot, lemon and grapefruit mingle wonderfully before a bready finish. 4.6%.

Following up fiercely is a scotch ale that certainly isn’t for amateurs or “wee lads”, Founders’ Dirty Bastard. Brewed with ten varieties of imported malts, this bold and powerful ale is full-bodied, packing sweet, nutty aromas of fudge, caramel and dark toffee. Let the rich, complex finish - with hints of smoke, peat, malt and dark chocolate - put hairs on your chin. 8.5%.

Finally, we have Manchester brewers Chorlton and their Nugget Sour ale. Light, dry and with a fine crispness, the Nugget Sour has a sharp orange taste, a hoppy, tangy citrus aroma, and a medium body. Light hop notes and a sour lemon nip finish this well-balanced sour. 5.9%.

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for other updates on our Instagram


Here's your latest update on the beers we have in at the Black Heart this week. We’ve got a selection of some of the Heart's favourites on draught, as well as a few newer brews to pique your curiosity. 

First it's the Sea Salted Caramel Brown ale from Maryland, USA gonzo brewers Flying Dog, and yes, that is salted caramel in a beer. Well balanced between the salty and sweet, while staying true to the beer itself, this one is mild but enticing, the caramel adding to the traditional brown ale taste. Full bodied, lightly carbonated. 7%.

Next we have Amundsen's Ink and Dagger. Slightly sweet and lightly bitter, this dry, medium-bodied American-style IPA isn’t too hoppy, but its aromas and flavours of citrus and toffee are delicious. Zesty, hazy golden/yellow in hue, the hoppy notes pair with tropical aromas for an IPA that is none too heavy nor overbearing. 6.5%.

Then it's Boulevard with their Single-Wide IPA, the Kansas City brewery's take on British IPAs. This American version - also inspired by Boulevard's Smokestack Series Double-Wide I.P.A. - boasts a heady combination of six varieties of hops. Its aroma consists of malt, fruit, hops, caramel and orange, and flavours have similar notes, as well as those of tropical fruit and bit of biscuit. With its fresh, fruity scents, a lovely balance, and slightly dry, bitter finish, the Single-Wide is terribly drinkable. 5.7%.

Finally, we have Peak District brewers Thornbridge and their Bakewell Sour Tart, a sour/wild ale. Refreshingly tart and dry, with a mix of citrus hops and flavours of grapefruit and bitter lemon, the Tart is appropriately named but never overbearing. It boasts earthy, woody notes as well as the sour, citrus taste and finish. 6%.

We also have in bottles and cans two scrumptious numbers from California's Wiens Brewing Company, the Deadpan Pilsner, 5.5%, and the Fortune Teller Session IPA, 5.3%, as well as The Cloud IPA, 7%, from Maryland's Stillwater brewers. 

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram.


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This Friday downstairs at the Heart, DJs Michelle (of Born Again Heavy Metal Soundhouse) & Bill (of Carcass/Gentlemans Pistols fame) spin the best of 60s/70s/80s rock and heavy metal!

The duo will take over our decks from 9pm-2am, playing a range of bangers from classic to hard rock, glam, and beyond.

Come down and get an earful of their Heavy Load!



Motörhead Day 2, the second annual celebration of Lemmy and the boys, takes over the Heart tomorrow!

Starting at 4pm, the Born Again Heavy Metal Soundhouse DJs will kick things off with Motörhead tunes, and the girls will be playing tracks all night.

We'll have a Motörhead quiz with rounds throughout the evening, as well as a raffle. Tribute band Motörheadache, and support, will play a couple of sets, and Born Again will be taking all your Motörhead requests afterwards, until close.

And of course, we'll have a (limited) supply of Röad Crew (4.5%), the Motörhead American pale ale from Camerons Brewery.

Doors are free but you'll need a free ticket to guarantee entry on the day. Register for a free ticket HERE

See all you damage cases there!


On Saturday July 8th, DIY record/art/gigs/events organisers BelowBeyond take over the Heart with a killer record fair to celebrate their one year anniversary.

Kicking off at midday, they will exhibit some of the best Vinyl, Art, Merch and Craft sellers from around the UK as well as acoustic and experimental performances to soundtrack your crate diggin' adventures. 

Stalls announced for the fair include Don't Care Records, Heavy Ritual Records, Me Saco Un Ojo Records, and many more.

Then from 7PM, BelowBeyond and Old Empire will host one of the heaviest line ups imaginable, with performances from Oxford's Drock/Droom/Drunk/Drone/Drudge miscreants Drore, south England doom/sludge massive Grey Widow and Birmingham/Black Country doom/sludge fiends Opium Lord.

DJs Matt (Dysteria/Human Disease Promo) and Josh (Old Empire) will be spinning party tunes and heavy shit into the late hours afterwards.

The record fair is free. Tickets for the gig can be bought HERE.


After their pop-up/mini-residency blew our minds and filled our bellies earlier this month, we are very pleased to announce that Devil’s Kitchen is going to be back at the Heart!

From next week, starting Friday 7th July, Devil's Kitchen will be here every Friday onwards. 

The Kitchen cooked up some truly diabolical quesadillas and smokey sweet potato fries during their brief stay, so you can expect more hellishly delicious vegan - and meaty - delights. 

Come on down and eat like a sinner!


Voting for the Heavy Music Awards closes TODAY so this is the final chance to support Our Black Heart!

In the Awards' very first edition, we have been nominated for Best Venue.

Voting closes TODAY at 5pm. Click HERE to vote.

Winners will be announced at HMA17, which will take place in London on 24th August at House of Vans.

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Voting for the Heavy Music Awards closes this week so don't forget to support Our Black Heart!

We've been selected as a finalist in the first edition of the awards and are nominated for Best Venue.

Voting closes on Friday 30th at 5pm. Click HERE to vote.

Winners will be announced at HMA17, which will take place in London on the 24th August at House of Vans.

If you dig what we do - intimate venue, massive sound, and of course, hosting the best beer and bands in Camden - then support the smaller guy and vote for Our Black Heart!



Voting for the Heavy Music Awards closes next week so don't forget to support Our Black Heart!

The Heart has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural edition of the awards, nominated for Best Venue.

Voting closes on Friday 30th at 5pm. Click HERE to vote.

Winners will be announced at HMA17, which will take place in London on the 24th August at House of Vans.

If you dig what we do - intimate venue, massive sound, and of course, hosting the best beer and bands in Camden - then support a smaller venue and vote for Our Black Heart!


Here's our latest update on the beers we have on draught at the Black Heart this week. We’ve got a variety of IPAs and golden ales, as well as a sour cherry ale, a a raspberry fruit beer, and a coffee and vanilla porter.

First, the IPAs. We’ve got Swedish brewers Beerbliotek and their Crazy in the Coconut IPA. Packing big aromas and flavours of citrus/tropical fruits, bitter zest, yeast, malt, hops, and a mild taste/aroma of toasted coconut. Refreshing and tasty. 6.8%.

Then we have Huddersfield massive Magic Rock with their Cannonball IPA. Made in the “true tradition - high in alcohol and massively hopped”, the Cannonball is tropically fruity, with aromas of citrus, peach, and tangy orange. Resinous hops are paired with a sweet malty backbone, while the lip smacking bitterness follows the soft, light, well-balanced body. 7.4%.

Next we’ve got the fruity brews. Manchester’s Chorlton brewery and their Cherry sour, a red/brown ale. Pouring deep reddish brown and medium bodied, the Cherry’s aroma is earthy and roasty, with notes of cherry cola and ripe cherry. The taste is toasty, tart and tangy, with sour cherry and ripe berry flavours. 5.4%.

Then it's the Raspberry Pale from Norway's Ægir Bryggeri. Pouring a hazy reddish/orange and fairly light in body and bitterness, the Raspberry Pale is semi dry, with mostly raspberry and lemon notes in the flavour, and some pale malt. The aroma is sharp and dry, with more traces of raspberry, lemon and malt.
ABV: 5.5%

On to the golden/blonde ales now, Brooklyn’s Summer Ale and Thornbridge’s Wye. The Summer Ale is a “modern rendition of the ‘Light Dinner Ales’ brewed in England throughout the 1800s until the 1940s”, which were big on flavour and refreshment without the heaviness. The Summer Ale’s English malt gives this light-bodied beer a fresh bready/wheat flavour, while its German and American hops provide a light, crisp bitterness and floral/citrus aromas. 4.5%.

Thornbridge’s Wye is a crystal clear pale ale lightly hopped with the aroma of cucumber. The Peak District brewers have made sure the cucumber is present but not overbearing, and the Wye’s flavour/aroma is also fruity, earthy, and malty. Medium bodied, with a dry, slight bitterness. 4.7%.

Finally, we end with Fierce Beer’s Cafe Racer. I’m not sure there’s anything good to have ever emerged from Aberdeen - my place of birth - but the Cafe Racer is a serious contender for proving me wrong. This dark roasted coffee and vanilla porter pours rich and black, with a slight tan head. Its aroma is roasted malt, coffee and vanilla, and its taste is of coffee, vanilla essence, and dark chocolate. Medium body with a complex, bitter chocolate finish. 6.5%.

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram.



The Black Heart has been selected as a finalist at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards, nominated in the Best Venue category.

Following “an intensive period of voting by more than 300 of the music industry's leading lights”, shortlists were selected, including Best UK Band, Best Festival, Best Producer, Best Photographer, among other categories.

Voting is now open HERE.

If you dig what we do - intimate venue, massive sound, and of course, hosting the best beer and bands in Camden - then get voting and support Our Black Heart!

Winners will be announced at HMA17, which will take place in London on the 24th August at House of Vans.