Established in 2016 in Portland, Oregon, in the U.S.A.

Metalesque Fest ® is the original, annual festival dedicated to Metalesque -

the unholy matrimony of Brutal Burlesque + Heavy Metal!

We're back in 2021 with two shows, one LIVE and one VIRTUAL. Acts will

feature pole, aerial, fire, drag, circus and burlesque performers

from across the world! But that's not all!

Portland is home to one of the nation’s most active burlesque communities AND metal music scenes.

Surrounded by the epic landscape of the Pacific Northwest,

the city is renowned for it’s innovative art and live music, bicycle culture, coffee, and beer.

October is dark and stormy, the perfect time and place to celebrate metal.

Join us as we crank up the volume in the Portland's best-loved rock venues, showcasing the most brutal and bewitching metalesque entertainers from our city and beyond! 

Performer Applications for 2021 are open!


After submitting an application, the fee can be paid here.

See our Contact page to stay in touch!

See our Fest Photos to get psyched!

"Thank you (S.O.T.B.) for bringing me out to experience this black obsidian jewel of a festival!!

I’m so inspired by all the metal acts I saw - funny, sexy to wonderfully weird.

I heard metal songs that I never thought one could dance to,

and I saw costumes that I never thought one could pair with metal!

You bad bitches have inspired me to dig deeper in hell and create darker acts!

Long live Sign of the Beast Burlesque!"

- Calamity Chang 2019 Headliner

METALESQUE FEST ®  is a registered trademarked of Sign of the Beast Burlesque LLC.

Video for Metalesque Fest 2018 created by Watson Cinematics

Featuring Johnny Nuriel, Isaiah Esquire, Rocket Queen, Hai Fleisch, Wanda Bones, Miss Abigail Rhys, Hyacinth Lee, Pearl E. Gates, Dee Dee Pepper, Diamondback Annie, Natasha Riot, Nikki Lev, Nina Nightshade, Rummy Rose & Sly Violet!

Our Metalesque Fest Logo, Branding & Promotional Materials were funded in part by the