DesertFest London is one of several annual festivals which run under the DesertFest banner. Each year, the festival is a three day event showcasing bands from the whole stoner rock scene. The festival takes place in the Camden area of London, England. Like its German counterpart, the first event ran in 2012.
DesertFest London was first conceived of by Reece Tee and Jake Farey of the music promotions company Desertscene. Desertscene started organising shows in 2009, the first of which was Truckfighters. After gaining experience promoting individual bands and hearing the people at those shows' desire for a UK festival like Roadburn, they decided to create DesertFest.
The first festival was officially announced on 26th July 2011 via a Facebook post,but posters advertising the festival were placed at London's High Voltage Festival. Early on in development of the first edition of the festival, the team behind DesertFest partnered with Sound of Liberation to make a German equivalent, DesertFest Berlin. The first band announcement for DesertFest London took place on 24th October 2011.
The first edition of the event took place in Camden, London between 6th and 8th of April 2012. The venues for the first edition of DesertFest London were The Underworld, Purple Turtle and The Black Heart. The event has remained annual, taking place within the months of April and May. Though still taking place in Camden, venues have differed throughout the years, with larger venues, such as The Electric Ballroom and Koko. The event will return for a 5th year in 2016, taking place from the 29th April to 1st May.