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San Diego Metal Swap Meet Announces Details for 2015

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The sixth annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 11am to 5pm at Queen Bee’s, located at 3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92104.  This unique event features heavy metal themed merchants selling heavy metal related clothing, CDs, records, artwork, services and more.  There will also be a beer area, Chilean barbecue for sale, and live band Slaytanic, a Slayer tribute band performing at 4pm.  This event is all-ages.

From 6pm to midnight will be the San Diego Metal Swap Meet After Party.  This will also be an all-ages concert featuring Cattle Decapitation (death metal from San Diego), Dreaming Dead (melodic death metal from Los Angeles), Thanatology (death/grindcore from Tijuana, MX), and Eukaryst (progressive death metal from San Diego). Food and drinks will also be available for purchase at the after party.

The San Diego Metal Swap Meet is organized by Brian Parker and Israel Pelayo.  Brian was the manager at the famous Blue Meannie Records until the downfall of record stores.  He missed the environment of heaving a heavy metal marketplace so, decided to have a heavy metal swap meet.  In 2009, the first event was held in Brian’s driveway.  There were about 12 vendors and an estimated 200 person attendance.  The success of the first San Diego Metal Swap Meet was such a surprise that it was decided to hold the San Diego Metal Swap Meet in a bigger venue, with more vendors and a live band.

The event has now grown to having 40 vendors, over 500 attendees, beer and food vendors, an after party with 4 bands, but has kept the underground, record store feel.

Editor’s Note: Metal Life Magazine editor Terry Bunch will be at San Diego Metal Swap Meet 2015. See you there.

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