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[Music] Stella Natura: The Light of Ancestral Fires 2013


September 20 – 22, 2013

Poster designed by David V. D’Andrea

Stella Natura: The Light of Ancestral Fires will be held at Stone Bear River Camps in the high Sierras, in the heart of Tahoe National Forest’s Desolation Wilderness. This 160 acres of private property is lush with greenery thriving around every bend, with towering pines shading the trails and paths that lead you to the south fork Yuba River rushing over rock formations into gushing waterfalls and tide pools.

Gracing us with their first appearance in the United States is Wardruna from Norway. We are absolutely honored to host this dynamic group, whose musical imperative is to explore and evoke the depths of Norse wisdom and spirituality. Musically, Wardruna’s main focus is on the cultic musical language found in the near-forgotten arts of galdr, seidr, and the daily acts of the cultic life, mixed with impulses from Norwegian/Nordic folk music and music from other indigenous cultures.

Wardruna’s performance at Stella Natura is an exclusive American engagement.The hugely influential Fire + Ice from England will be also gracing our outdoor stages in the High Sierra. Their music reflects frontman Ian Read’s keen interest in magic lore, runes, tradition, renaissance medievalism, Nordic mysticism, and other esoteric and occult mysteries.For this exclusive Stella Natura performance, Ian Read will be joined on stage by Matthias Krause, Michael Moynihan, and Annabel Lee. Bringing their unique, virtuosic, and bizarre death metal to the stage will be Australia’s StarGazer, known for having one of the most cult followings in extreme metal. The two main members of StarGazer (The Serpent Inquisitor and The Great Righteous Destroyer) are involved with some of Australia’s top underground extreme metal bands, including Mournful Congregation and Cauldron Black Ram, the latter of whom will also perform at the festival.

Pesanta Urfolk will be also presenting both a StarGazer and a Cauldron Black Ram West Coast tour in the weeks surrounding Stella Natura. With great pleasure I would also like to announce that LossVelnias, Kinit Her, Rose Croix, and Common Eider, King Eider will be joining us in Tahoe National Forest.

The festivities will again take place at Stone Bear River Camps, and we are very grateful that they have once more opened their doors to us. Stella Natura is run completely without the help of corporate sponsorship. It is made possible by you. The event is curated solely for artists and their fans. Thank you for supporting this vision.


Caldron Black Ram
Pale Chalice
Worm Ouroboros
Knelt Rote
Ash Borer
Sutekh Hexen *


Blood of Kvasir
Blood and Sun
Denver Broncos UK
The Sterling Sisters
Kinit Her
Black Light
Of The Wand and The Moon
Fire + Ice
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Die Weisse Rose
Lux Interna
Halo Manash *


Will O The Wisp
Jenks Miller
The Fools
Saturnalia Temple
Common Eider, King Eider
Poison Ring
Munly and the Lupercalians
Amber Asylum
Arktau Eos *
Ionophore *

† Main Stage Headliner
‡ Second Stage Headliner
* Late-night closing set, no time limit

Schedule and running order is subject to change without notice. 

Attendees will need to bring camping supplies (tent, mat, sleeping bag), flashlight/headlamps (it’s dark in the high-country), sunscreen, swimming gear, and whatever else you desire to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. Vegan / vegetarians will be well accommodated. Please do not hesitate to bring your own water, though water will be available on site.

For more information:

Ancestral Fires