Overthrust - Ghanzi, Botswana,
Ras Jesus-Gantsi, Botswana.
Barren Barrel-Maun, Botswana.
Kamp 13 - Gaborone, Botswana.
Brian and Manaiwa Crew-Letlhakane, Botswana.
Kirottuaaani - Finland,
Demogoroth Satanum -Soweto, RSA
Remuda - Maun, Botswana,
Dust N Fire - Letlhakane, Botswana,
Bankrupt Souls - Francistown, Botswana
HISTORY OF OVERTHRUST WINTER METAL MANIA FEST
The event “OVERTHRUST WINTER METAL MANIA FEST” was started by Overthrust
Rock Band in May 2010.It was initial started as an ordinary annual rock
festival, its main purpose was to bring all followers of rock music in
one place to associate, unite and re-unite and have all local rock bands
performing. The festival initial was “Kgalagadi Desert Festival” in
2010 but upon realizing that the name sounded similar to other people’s
brand it was changed in 2011 to “Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest”
meaning a huge massive winter rock festival organized by Overthrust
Deathmetal Band. This festival is an annual National big charity Rock
Music Festival held in winter either in end of May or first week of June
every year. It usually attracts various Rock Music Bands from all
corners of Botswana and recently bands from outside are taking part in
it e.g. Within Madness from Windhoek-Namibia, Bleeding Spawn South
The theme of Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest is “Ride and March
against Poverty”, “Rocking against Alcohol Abuse” and “Healthy body
In June, 2012 “Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest” was incorporated in
to a charity event so as to help people in need in the community BUT
specializing in gathering and giving donations to orphan children and
disabled children and needy children, we give then clothes, food and
other necessary materials. The title: OVERTHRUST WINTER METAL MANIA
FESTIVAL, remained in force. We liaise with S & CD Department and
the community to help us identify those in need either registered with
them or not.
Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest is developing into a bigger event
each and every year;
2010, we had number of people attending of about less than 80 people
2011, about 100 people attended
2012, about 150 people attended
2013, about 200 people attended
2014, about 250 people attended
We are expecting an increase in the number of people attending it this
year May, 2015.
The following bands have been supporting this event: Remuda, Vitrified,
Disciplinary, Skeletal Saints, Dust N Fire, High Voltage, Stane, Wrust,
Crackdust, Within Madness-Namibia, Bleeding Spawn-South Africa, Amok,
PMMA, Ras Jesus, Stepping Razor.
This festival has now turned into some sort of Rockers or Rock Music
Followers Holiday. So far majority of people start to prepare themselves
beginning of every year for this festival, in winter Gantsi is a place
to be. This is when Rockers meet their old friends from all corners of
Botswana, this is when different nations all over the world meet in one
roof interacting, uniting as one, cultural exchange and speaking the
same language and that’s Rock “N” Roll.
During this festivals we have people coming from Southern Africa,
Sweden, Finland, Asia, Americas and Europeans mainly Journalists, video
graphers and fans and we highly appreciate their support and love.
HANDING OVER OF DONATIONS
After this event a nearer date is set for handing over of donations to
the beneficiary or the handing over is done during the festival, we
invite the custodians, village authorities’ or elders, media and other
people to witness the handing over.
In June, 2012 we donated clothes, toiletry and blackets all worth P2000
In 2013 we had children clothes worth P1700 to donate.
In 2014 we donated clothes including blankets all worth P1500
NB: This event is becoming popular and big each year but we have no
sponsors, we dig from our pockets and contribute to finance the
activities of this event, we ask for sponsors each year but to know
avail, however that will not stop us from reaching our mission to help
the needy children and orphan in the community.
The following activities usually take place during this event:
Official opening of the event
BANDS MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
FOOD AND DRINKS FOR SALE
LIVE METAL BANDS
MARCH AND RIDE AGAINST POVERTY
More Details to follow