Metal Swap Meet 2021 Update

Just an overall rundown of what is happening on October 16, 2021

Metal Swap Meet 2021 is almost here, and VIP tickets are now on sale!

Support the event, and get hooked up! You will receive the following:

  • 1 hour early entry to Metal Swap Meet 2021 (10am)
  • Metal Swap Meet can koozie
  • Metal Swap Meet 2021 shirt, at the size of your choice. This shirt is 2 sided, and includes the logos for Bloodfeast, Cave Bastard and Malison on the back, who will be performing live at Metal Swap Meet!
  • Cotton reusable tote bag with the Metal Swap Meet artwork.

Get yours today!

Special limited discharge printed shirts on sale!

I ordered a very small run of these single sided discharge printed shirts. What makes them special? They are printed using a very special ink that removes the black ink from the shirt, and replaces it with the desired color. The result is a very soft touch, and vintage look after just a few washings. These are my favorite Metal Swap Meet shirts to date. Snag yours today!

Hope to see you at Metal Swap Meet 2021! 

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
11am to 5pm (10am for VIP)
Location: Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co.8680 Miralani Drive
San Diego, CA 92126
What: Over 70 vendorsDJ Katon (Hirax), Derek Riggs (original Iron Maiden Artist), food, beer, sake, cider, mead, full stage with 3 bands, Bloodfeast (old school thrash from New Jersey), Cave Bastard (sludge/death metal) and Malison (speed/thrash). 

The event is totally outdoors, with many of the on site businesses having outdoor seating and standing areas. Your safety is important to us. This is an all ages event, so please bring your kids. We will also be giving away prizes to anyone who dresses in costume!

Your support is truly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you!

VIP Tickets Now On Sale!

Reserve your swag, early entry, and support the event!!

VIP tickets are now officially on sale. This secures your ticket in, and you get in a full hour early! This gives you first dibs on over 70 vendors. You also get an official Metal Swap Meet 2021 shirt, a can koozie, and a cotton tote bag. All merchandise will be ready for you to pick up at the Metal Swap Meet!

  • (1) Metal Swap Meet 2021 can koozie
  • (1) Metal Swap Meet 2021 shirt (please specify your size)
  • (1) Metal Swap Meet 2021 cotton tote bag
  • (1) Metal Swap Meet 2021 early entry (you get in at 10am!)

We are not shipping any of the merch, and it must be picked up at the Metal Swap Meet. Your name is on a list. If you are buying also for someone else, please specify their name in the special instructions of your order.


Metal Swap Meet 2021 limited shirt



Limited, small run

We ran a small run of only 30 shirts. These are printed on 100% cotton and are single sided, 2 color, printed with discharge ink, in San Diego by Esho Screen Printing. Discharge ink will have a soft touch, and a vintage look after a few washings. The shirts are black shirts, by Ideal T by Next Level brand. Shipping will happen every weekend, and will go via USPS First Class. Artwork by Arnold Barba.

Support early

This is just a little way for us to raise some money to cover some expenses. We do have a lot more this year with a big band like Blood Feast, as well as insurance and some rentals, so your support really helps a lot. We will be printing a much larger run of shirts for sale at Metal Swap Meet, that will include bigger sizes, and will have printing on the back. Thanks for your support!


Blood Feast to headline Metal Swap Meet 2021

The almighty thrash legends Blood Feast will be headlining Metal Swap Meet 2021! We will have 3 bands at the Metal Swap Meet this year! They will be coming here from the east coast, bringing their brutal brand of classic thrash metal!

Blood Feast will be playing the Metal Swap Meet San Diego in 2021
The almighty thrash legends Blood Feast will be headlining Metal Swap Meet 2021! We will have 3 bands at the Metal Swap Meet this year! They will be coming here from the east coast, bringing their brutal brand of classic thrash metal!

Who else?

We will also have Cave Bastard playing, who have a unique style of death metal with some doom influence. Also, we will have San Diego power/speed metal maniacs Malison playing!

What about vendors?

We will have around 70 metal, art, punk, rock and all kinds of vendors this year. This is way more than we have ever had!


As we hope you already know, Metal Swap Meet is planned for October 16, 2021 at Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. in the Miramar area of San Diego. Vendor spots are nearly sold out, but if you would like to vend, please read this blog post. Want to see some behind the scenes, interviews, metal reviews, and news? Check out the Metal Swap Meet YouTube channel. We would really appreciate it if you also subscribe. You can also find us where you get your podcasts.

This will continue to be an all ages event.

We have room for 1 more sponsor, so if you are interested, contact us.

VIP tickets will be announced soon! As usual, this will get you into the Metal Swap Meet an hour early.

We are pretty active on Facebook and Instagram, so if you would like to see the daily goings on, connect with us there. We are also giving away pairs of tickets to see Black Dahlia Murder at House of Blues San Diego.

More info coming soon!

Metal Swap Meet 2021 Vendor User Agreement

By buying vendor spots, you agree to the following:

Arrive no later than 9:00AM on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the following address: Setting Sun Sake8680 Miralani Dr UNIT 120, San Diego, CA 92126

We will supply you with (1) 2.5×6 foot table, and (2) folding chairs. You may bring a canopy that fits in your 10×10′ space. It cannot exceed beyond that, as a courtesy to your neighbors. 

Power is NOT provided. No generators please. If you have silent battery power, that’s fine.

Please have our tables and chairs free by 5:30PM. They are rented, and need to be picked up. 

Please be nice to our staff. They are volunteers, and do this for the love of the event. We also expect the staff to be courteous to all vendors and attendees. 

No alcoholic drinks in the outside areas, including your vendor space. There are breweries and a winery on site. Feel free to enjoy adult beverages there. If you are spotted with an alcoholic beverage outside of designated areas, you will be asked to dispose of it, or to leave. Please be respectful to us on this one.

Please clean up. Bring a bag for your trash, and take it with you. Do not leave your broken canopies, chairs, or anything else. If we find out you left trash, you will not be allowed to vend at future events. Do not fill up the dumpsters for the business park.

Watch your merch. We have not had many issues with theft, and we don’t want any issues. Bring a friend or two to help you watch your stuff. Also help your neighbors. We are a community and look out for each other. 

Want to sponsor? Get a hold of me. You can sponsor for as little as $400, and it includes a priority vendor spot near the entrance. You also get your logo on the flyer as well as social media shout outs.

No refunds. Can’t make it? We will not be issuing refunds, but we will give you a vendor spot at the event next year. Sorry.

Flyer is coming soon. We don’t have live music nailed down yet, but we are talking to a few metal bands, and we will have bands this year for sure with a proper stage like in 2019. We will also have Derek Riggs and DJ Katon back. 
If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me, and I will try to respond in a timely manner. 
Vendor spots can be purchased via credit card or Paypal at the link below. Thank you!

Metal Swap Meet 2021 update coming soon

Yes, there will be a Metal Swap Meet in 2021

We have been many questions about if and when to expect the next Metal Swap Meet. We have been looking at the current COVID climate and have decided that it’s quite possible to have the event this year, we just are not sure about the capacity of the event. We will have a date and location announced very soon. We appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication!

On another note, keep an eye on our YouTube channel and Podcasts, as well as our Facebook page. We often discuss things there that we forget to post here.

No Metal Swap Meet in 2020 (and other news)

Safety of our community is our highest priority

These are obviously not ordinary times. 2020 has seen cancellations of major US festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, and Maryland Deathfest. Hospitalizations and deaths in the US continue to climb. Regulations seem to change from week-to-week, regarding nearly all facets of our public life. Metal Swap Meet has always been about the metal community. We want our attendees, vendors, staff, and bands to have a great experience, and to be safe. The thought of any of our metal family getting sick, or worse, is terrifying. We have decided to cancel the Metal Swap Meet for 2020. Your continued support is so inspiring. We plan to have the next Metal Swap Meet in October 2021. We really appreciate the support from our hosts Setting Sun Sake. Please support them in this time of need by ordering some sake online. We hope to be back at their location for the next one!

Many of our vendors rely on the Metal Swap Meet for income, and if you are a vendor, and would like a mention on our social media platforms, contact us. If you would like to support our vendors, buy from them online. If you don’t remember who they are, feel free to contact us, and we will try to track down their information for you.

Metal Killing Hunger

In more positive news, we have teamed up with Norm Leggio (Psychotic Waltz, Nukem), who was owner of Blue Meannie Records, and have been auctioning off some rare metal merch on our Facebook page. All proceeds go to San Diego Food Bank. We have had so many generous bidders, and there are still more to come.

Metal Trivia

Speaking of Facebook, we have been live streaming metal trivia on about a bi-weekly basis. Come hang out with Brian, Israel, Vince and Luis, as we try to stump your metal knowledge. We respond to your comments, and it’s just a fun time in general. We tend to do it every other Thursday. Check your local listings on our page.

Have any questions or suggestions? Drop us a line.

Metal Swap Talk Episode 003 Interview Derek Riggs, artist for Iron Maiden at High Dive

Metal Swap Talk interviews Derek Riggs, creator of Eddie and artist for the early Iron Maiden art. He tells us about living in London in the 1970s, being influenced by Jack Kirby, living in America, his opinions on Salvador Dali, who he wanted to work with, and his future travel plans. High Dive in San Diego hosted our interview, and we talk about a unique event coming up.

Meet Derek at Comic Con or at The High Dive on Sunday, July 21 2019 at 5:00pm.
Check out his website for cool photos, art prints, and stories about his art. Organizers from Metal Swap Meet will be there.

A huge thanks to Derek and Kim for the interview. Also thanks to Debbie and the whole staff at The High Dive. Check them out for great craft beer, tiki cocktails, fantastic burgers and fries, and great service!

Metal Swap Talk video interview with Derek Riggs
Listen to the Audio interview with Derek Riggs

Check out Metal Swap Talk on Youtube and podcasts!
Metal Swap Talk is a show by metalheads in San Diego, for metal fans in San Diego, Tijuana, Los Angeles, Mexicali, and beyond. We discuss new albums, shows, interviews, and more. Support metal! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

Metal Swap Talk Episode 002 Nocturnus, Rotting Christ, Necrochamber

We review albums from Nocturnus A.D., Rotting Christ, and interview Nocturnal Overlord while listening to the new Necrochamber album, ceremonies for the dead. We also announce some Metal Swap Meet news.

Metal Swap Talk Episode 002 Video

Metal Swap Talk Episode 001

Watch the video
Or just listen to the audio. Also available on podcast feeds.

Our first episode of our new vlog/podcast Metal Swap Talk. Here you meet Brian, Israel and Nocturnal Overlord, and they discuss heavy metal in San Diego and beyond. In this hour episode they will interview Jason Carlson from Home Brew Mart – Ballast Point, review the new Possessed album “Revelations of Oblivion” go over some news about the next San Diego Metal Swap Meet, upcoming concerts, and a little about ourselves.

The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud and Google Podcasts.