Now approaching its fifth consecutive year in the swirling neon decadence of Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay will once again host this eclectic, heavy music fest to include such bands as: Ty Segall, Mayhem, Blonde Redhead, Ulver, Windhand, Kaelan Mikla, and Mephistofeles. That’s already exciting, but more acts to be announced in December. Continue reading
Aftershock Festival is an event where simply parking and getting in can be an adventure in itself. It’s held at Discovery Park, along the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, between Natoma’s and downtown Sacramento. Besides the traditional methods for getting to a concert, you could also bike in using the bike trail and there’s free bike parking at the venue where your cycle will be kept safe. You could even park downtown and rent a scooter to ride over to the ADA entrance on the west end of the park. A shuttle service is also offered, to off-site parking. Continue reading
Aftershock 2020 will return to Discovery Park on October 9th, 10th & 11th, 2020.
The 5th Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert is set for Sunday, May 5, 2019, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Continue reading
More bands have been added to the 2019 Psycho Las Vegas festival. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on August 16-18 and the updated lineup includes all of the following. Continue reading
The wait is over! The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival has announced the massive line-up scheduled to perform at its second annual event, set to feature colossal rock headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch! Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, INKCARCERATION – taking place this year on July 12, 13 and 14 at the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison, in Mansfield, OH – will feature over 30 bands on two outdoor stages, 70 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks and for the first time, the haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison!
This year’s electrifying line-up also includes +Live+, Taking Back Sunday, Seether, Skillet, I Prevail, Starset, Red Sun Rising, Motionless in White, Fozzy, Buckcherry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Andrew W.K., P.O.D., Stabbing Westward, Light the Torch, From Ashes to New, Smile Empty Soul, Eyes Set To Kill, Awake at Last, The Funeral Portait, Kerbera, Raven Black, Beyond Unbroken, Rivals, Impending Lies and The Everyday Losers, plus special performances by The Monster Dolls.
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Once again, INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will take place at one of the most unique festival settings in the country – the Ohio State Reformatory. Considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary his year), the Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. This is the perfect destination festival! Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience! See below for more details.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon regarding tattoo artists, gourmet food trucks, and more!
INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival promoters promise an epic year. “Building off such a strong inaugural year, we are so stoked to give our fans even more in year two. With Billboard chart-topping bands such as Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch leading the way, tattoo artists from around the globe, and the historic backdrop of the haunted Shawshank Prison, INKCARCERATION 2019 will be the don’t miss rock event of the summer in the Midwest!”
It’s Halloween in July at INKCARCERATION 2019!
Mentioned above, Escape from Blood Prison is the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. It typically runs from the end of September through early November every year, but INKCARCERATION will make this spooky attraction available for festival goers to experience all weekend long in 2019! Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, the enormous facility is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try and make it through the facility alive!
“It’s an honor to be able to open the doors of Blood Prison a couple months early and give the guests of INKCARCERATION a few scares in July! The warden, his family and the Blood Prison inmates are all excited to meet the fans at INKCARCERATION,” says Vic Amesquita, manager of Blood Prison.
The 7th annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, once again took place this month and our roving reporter Jennifer Black was there to witness the fun.
Monster Energy Aftershock Closes 2018 Festival Season Expectations were high for Danny Wimmer’s seventh, and fourth straight sold-out, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival on October 13 and 14 in Discovery Park in Sacramento. Early Saturday, Hyro the Hero’s energy and overall rock rap performance won over the primarily hard rock and heavy metal crowd. Soon after, Jose Mangin of SiriusXM hosted Aftershock’s celebration to honor Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vincent (Vinnie) Paul Abbott’s life a metal all-star tribute featuring members of Korn, Godsmack, Shinedown, Deftones, Gwar, Act of Defiance, and others. The highlight of the set for most Vinnie Paul fans was hearing Pantera classics performed live. While some reveled in “A New Level”, others were mesmerized by Sully Erna of Godsmack and Jonathan Davis of Korn performing Pantera’s “Walk” with its unmistakable riffs that resonated across the festival grounds.
Immediately following the Vinnie Paul tribute, Sevendust blew fans away on a different stage. I particularly loved hearing Jonathan Davis perform his first Black Labyrinth single, “What It Is” live again. Fan favorites Shinedown and Godsmack consistently got rave reviews from fans, 311 was solid, Gwar entertained all who watched them perform, and Deftones captivated Aftershock once again. To say that Aftershock 2018 started off strong would be an understatement. In addition to great, live music, Aftershock offered the F.Y.E. Fan Experience and The Music Experience, which sponsored Aftershock artists meet and greets and signings.
The Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue and Heavy Grass booths provided break time options for animal and weed lovers. The trees and festival grounds were sprinkled with art, and Aftershock always offers food truck choices. I decided to try the renowned Cousins Maine Lobster truck this year—the lobster bisque and lobster roll were to die for. Sunday, which sold out rapidly due to System of a Down headlining, closed the festival as it began, with a mix of genres. Amigo the Devil made my morning with his surprisingly dark lyrics that truly do complement his folk rock sound. Fans couldn’t get enough of Dorothy, Black Veil Brides, Bullet for My Valentine, and Seether, but Slash won the Sunday afternoon crowd with his guitar mastery. Incubus, Alice in Chains, and Everlast did a great job thrilling the swelling evening crowd, but the overwhelming festival favorite was System of a Down, who slayed. I’ve seen them headline our arena and headline Ozzfest, but the energy of Sunday night will forever mark my memory. What more could we ask for?
Photos and words by Jennifer Black
Dear Louder Than Life fans,
It is with deep regret that we inform you that this weekend’s Louder Than Life festival has been canceled due to unsafe conditions resulting from ongoing rain and flooding at the festival site—Champions Park. After carefully inspecting the grounds and infrastructure this evening, the City and we have determined that it is no longer possible to make the festival site safe in time for this weekend.
We appreciate the outpouring of support from our fans, the numerous offers to come out and help, and the herculean efforts of the City of Louisville in trying to make the festival happen. The one thing we will never sacrifice is the safety of our fans, bands, staff and patrons.
Before making the decision to cancel the festival, we looked at every option, from moving the event to another location to breaking the event up into smaller events in various venues. Unfortunately, it’s not logistically possible, and the weather is just not cooperating. It is not safe to attempt to move equipment, and replacement equipment is not available.
We are so proud of this year’s festival experience that included incredible music, a showcase for Louisville’s great food scene, and of course an unparalleled offering of Kentucky bourbon, and more. We’re so disappointed to not get the chance to share all of this with you. This year’s Louder Than Life was going to be the momentous experience you all deserve.
We will be back next year even bigger and better, and look forward to continuing our relationship with our incredible fans and this great city.
As a result of this cancellation, DWP will be offering full refunds for all ticket, official hotel and camping package purchases.
For those who purchased via Front Gate Tickets via internet or phone, orders will be processed automatically. Please allow up to 3 weeks for charges to be processed.
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