Maryland Deathfest (often abbreviated to MDF) is an annual extreme music festival held in or near Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It has always occurred during Memorial Day weekend each year. The festival is the biggest of its kind in North America.
MDF is the idea of two extreme metal fans named Ryan and Evan. During the 12 years of festival history, MDF has featured over 400 bands from over 25 countries, many of which make their US debut at the festival. The festival is promoted with the slogan: "America's biggest metal party of the year."
The first installment of Maryland Deathfest was held from Friday, May 23 to Sunday, May 25 at the Thunderdome.
Maryland Deathfest XI was held from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2013. It was the first incarnation to feature the Baltimore Soundstage, a separate venue that catered primarily to punk and hardcore acts. It was also the last incarnation of the festival to be hosted at the former Sonar Compound, following its sale and rebranding as the Paparazzi Nightclub.
Maryland Deathfest XII was held from Thursday, May 22 to Sunday, May 25, 2014. The main stages were located at the Edison Lot in Baltimore, near the former Sonar location. It is the second incarnation to feature the Baltimore Soundstage, again catering primarily to punk, grindcore and hardcore. It is the first year to feature additional bands at Rams Head Live!, which featured mainly black, death and doom metal.