World Metal Congress is a two-day celebration of heavy metal and its global appeal. With film premieres, live music, and lively debate featuring the great and good of the heavy metal world, WMC is all about bringing the global heavy metal community together - from India to South Africa to Singapore to Syria and beyond.

Created with the support of Arts Council England, Day one is an industry-facing conference featuring key decision-makers from labels, festivals, media, and the artists themselves. Day two gathers metal fans for public discussions with key artists, journalists and more, documentary screenings, and live music showcasing metal’s global diversity.

Conceived by ex-Metal Hammer editor and Twin V Ltd. founder Alexander Milas in partnership with Dr. Lina Khatib of world-renowned policy institute Chatham House, University of Central Lancashire’s Dr. Niall Scott and independent promoter Josh Retallick of Old Empire, the aim of w\m/c is to connect the global metal community.

OUR TEAM

Alexander Milas  (Twin V )  : Twin V is a production company with high-profile collaborations including Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth and the European Space Agency. Before setting up Twin V, Alexander Milas was Metal Hammer’s editor-in-chief and executive director of Team Rock (now Louder).

Alexander Milas (Twin V ) : Twin V is a production company with high-profile collaborations including Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth and the European Space Agency. Before setting up Twin V, Alexander Milas was Metal Hammer’s editor-in-chief and executive director of Team Rock (now Louder).

Joshua Retallick  (Old Empire )  : Josh is the Director and founder of Old Empire, a London based music and event promotion company. Past concert ‘clients’ have included Carcass, Suicidal Tendencies, Chelsea Wolfe, Wardruna, Russian Circles, Current 93, Deafheaven, Ho99o9 & Converge, among many others.

Joshua Retallick (Old Empire ) : Josh is the Director and founder of Old Empire, a London based music and event promotion company. Past concert ‘clients’ have included Carcass, Suicidal Tendencies, Chelsea Wolfe, Wardruna, Russian Circles, Current 93, Deafheaven, Ho99o9 & Converge, among many others.

Dr. Lina Khatib  (Chatham House)  : Dr. Lina “Metalina” Khatib presented Lebanon’s only metal show on public radio in 1990s. She has managed bands from the Arab world and contributed to Wacken Metal Battle Sweden, Home of Metal and Bloodstock Radio. Lina is also an international authority on Middle East politics, with frequent appearances on CNN, BBC, etc. and heads the Middle East programme at Chatham House.

Dr. Lina Khatib (Chatham House) : Dr. Lina “Metalina” Khatib presented Lebanon’s only metal show on public radio in 1990s. She has managed bands from the Arab world and contributed to Wacken Metal Battle Sweden, Home of Metal and Bloodstock Radio. Lina is also an international authority on Middle East politics, with frequent appearances on CNN, BBC, etc. and heads the Middle East programme at Chatham House.

Dr. Niall William Richard Scott  (University of Central Lancashire)  : Niall is a reader in philosophy and popular culture specialising in metal music studies, has published and spoken internationally on metal music and has been behind several academic conferences on metal culture.

Dr. Niall William Richard Scott (University of Central Lancashire) : Niall is a reader in philosophy and popular culture specialising in metal music studies, has published and spoken internationally on metal music and has been behind several academic conferences on metal culture.

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