Louder Than Life Lineup Finalized

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

The 2021 Louder Than Life festival will go on.

The event’s organizers announced the lineup and performance times for the festival Tuesday through a news release. The event, now in its sixth year, has expanded to four days from three — Sept. 23-26 — and will feature performances from approximately 70 acts. Single-day and weekend tickets/passes are available here.

Metallica is one of the most notable acts for this year’s festival. The band is scheduled to perform two separate acts on two of the festival’s nights. Also scheduled to take one of the festival’s four stages at this year’s event are acts, such as Another Day Dawns, Disturbed, Korn, Mudvayne, Cypress Hill, and Pennywise.

Along with lots of music, this year’s festival will also feature lots of food and drunk. The Kroger Big Bourbon Bar is the most notable of the features of this year’s food and drink options. It will have more than a dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries nationwide.

Food and drink from a variety and local and regional restaurants (all of which are noted below) will also be available for festival attendees.

502 Café, Angry Bird Grill, Bangarang Bahn Mi, Barrett’s BBQ, Barrett’s Burgers, Bistro Italiano, Blackbeard Espresso, Bru Bros Coffee, Burger Factory, Cheese Louise, Dank Nugs, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Eli’s BBQ, Gary’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Gelato Gilberto, Hole Mole Tacos, Island Noodles, Jammin Concessions, Longshot Lobsta, Mac Attack, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Mike’s Kentucky Kitchen, My Olympus Greek Food, Overloaded, Phat Daddy’s Creole, Pie Baby Wood Fired Pizza, Pizza Lupo, Potato Tornado, Ramiro’s Cantina, Shady Grove Wraps, Spicy Pie, Strawberry Field, The Cookie Lady, Tica’s Tacos, Tickle Pickle, and Tumbleweed.

Additional bourbon, food & beverage, and other experiences available onsite include:

·       Caduceus Wine Garden

·       The Blackened Bar

·       Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Sports Bar, where guests can enjoy NFL and college football games

·       Heavy Tiki Bar presented by Jim Beam

·       Budweiser Beer Garden

·       Jim Beam Garden

·       The Well– IV hydration, juice bar and overall wellness lounge to recharge all weekend long

·       Silver Dollar Hunter’s Club- featuring vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary selections

·       Mortus Viventi – Live Tarot Card Readings

·       Jack’s Char Housepresented by Jack Daniel’s

·       Milagro Cantina Bar

·       Larceny Trailer Lounge

·       Tito’s Handmade Vodka VIP Airstream

·       The Speakeasy

·       Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program

·       Pegasus Experiences Louisville’s Finest Distillery Experiences

·       Take Me Home

·       The Music Experience

Louder Than Life is put on by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival’s partners are noted below:

Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer, Kroger, Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Elijah Craig, Bulleit Bourbon, Angel’s Envy, Larceny, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Evan Williams, Milagro Tequila, Sailor Jerry, Pegasus, ESP, Mortus Viventi, The Music Experience, Louisville Tourism, Kentucky Venues, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, The Well, TickPick, Fxck Cancer, Revolver, Inked, Blackcraft, Fanatics, Headcount, TWOLA and Take Me Home.

South Of Eden Front Man Ehab Omran Talks Touring, COVID Concerns, The New Wave Of Classic Rock, More In NEw Phil’s Picks Interview

Courtesy: South of Eden

Neo-classic rock band South of Eden is gearing up for a short series of live dates next month. The band’s brief tour features performances at a trio of big festivals. Front man Ehab Omran recently talked with Phil’s Picks about the band’s inclusion in those festivals as well as concerns about COVID-19’s role in live music, the band’s next record and more as the group prepares for everything on the band’s calendar. Omran’s discussion with Phil’s Picks is featured below.

PP: South of Eden has some positive news on the live front.  The band is scheduled to head back out on the road next month.  The schedule is pretty interesting in that it’s very short, at only four dates.  However, those four dates include performances at three very well-known festivals – Riff Fest, Louder Than Life, and the Aftershock Festival.  What does it mean to you all as a band to be tapped to play such big festivals and have them be your main live dates right now, especially considering the list of major name acts that you will be joining at each festival?

EO: Thank you for having me on Phil! It means the world to us to be able to say that we are a part of the biggest rock festivals in America, and to be able to share stages with a lot of our heroes is a dream come true. We have to thank Danny Wimmer and DWP for that!  Our decision to keep the shows next month to a minimum is due to the uncertainty of what could happen in these next coming months with the pandemic. We are always optimistic things will get better, but for the sake of not canceling shows and letting fans down, we decided a short run until things are certain is the wiser decision.

PP: Staying on that matter, are more dates in the works?

EO: There are actually a lot of pending dates that we are tentatively holding off on until we can maybe get more assurances! So who knows look out for pop up shows near you!

PP: Getting back to the festivals, when did you first find out that you had been tapped to the play the noted festivals and what was the first thing that went through your minds when you got the news?

EO: We found out around Nov. of 2020. It was definitely great news to end the crappy year! It made us hopeful and determined to put on an infertile show.

PP: What do you think the band’s appointments say to the group’s popularity?

EO: I think a lot of people have been craving a different kind of rock n roll. The kind that has real teeth and unpolished audacity, with a hook that makes you dance. That’s what we like to do. Break your neck head banging and then dance when the groove hits haha. It is very fulfilling to have incredible names in the industry recognize us and give us opportunities to prove that we pack a different kind of punch.,

PP: Speaking of popularity, the classic rock movement seems to be getting renewed popularity and attention both among audiences and those within the music industry.  Bands, such as yourselves, Horisont, The Hawkins, Greta Van Fleet, Heavy Feather, Dirty Honey, Night, and others, have risen to fame in the past year or so thanks to the renewed focus on the genre.  What does it mean to you all to be part of that renaissance of sorts within the classic rock realm?  What’s more, to what do you all think the genre’s renewed growth can be attributed?

EO: It’s awesome to be able contribute to the new wave of rock! I think everyone is being drawn to it because they are tired of polished, contrived music. Mix that in with the state of the world and I think it’s easy to remember where the attitude and love for rock comes from.

PP: Changing gears a bit, the last time audiences heard anything new from South of Eden was last year in your then new EP, The Talk.  Of course, there was also that cover that you did of Audioslave’s hit single, ‘Show Me How To Live’ not long after the EP’s release.  It would suffice to say that audiences will hear plenty from that EP and the band’s 2018 album, Take One on your upcoming dates.  Are audiences going to hear anything that maybe the band has worked on during its downtime in 2020 and this year?

EO: The Talk EP was always meant to be a full album because we went and recorded 12 songs of which we only released 4. The ones we thought would be a good stepping stone into some bigger songs we were excited to release. We knew however, with the pandemic going on, it would have been a major disservice to the music to release it without being able to tour properly. All of these songs will be played on these runs we do this year! Now here we are a year later recording a while other album to add to our arsenal! It’s a good feeling to know that when the time is right we are going to have a plethora of music! Who knows maybe we just release a double album haha!

PP: So can audiences expect to hear anything new from the band in studio before this year is out?

EO: The short answer is YES! And the long answer is……………..YES!

PP: Backing up a little bit, I want to touch on the band’s cover of Audioslave’s ‘Show Me How To Live.’  I went back through my notes on that one.  According to the information that was sent out at the time, you guys had plenty of praise for Tom Morello and Chris Cornell, but there was no mention as to what influenced that band to take on the song.  Talk to me about that item if you will.

EO: The answer to this one is a bit underwhelming. So I had only heard of maybe 3 Soundgarden songs before 2019. (I got into rock very late so it took me a while to get to Cornell RIP). As soon as I got in though, I couldn’t get out. I loved his voice and eventually found Audioslave and wanted to cover every song! I particularly loved ‘Show Me How to Live’ because of its message and amazing grunge feel, a sound we hadn’t tried before.

PP: On a related note, Audioslave was not exactly a neo-classic rock band during its life.  Though, its third album did show some classic rock influence.  Keeping that in mind, was that cover a hint at the band’s direction in its next studio recording?

EO: I think that when our music is released as a whole it will be more evident that many of our songs have extremely different feels and rhythm. A more classic sounding song like ‘Dancing With Fire’ is very different from the more pop sounding ‘Solo” which is different from the jazz feel of ‘Morning Brew’. This will continue to happen as we release more and more of our music!

PP: One last question for you to get back to the festivals and touring and bring things full circle, which band(s) are you hoping to get to see, even as busy as your schedule is going to be?  Are there any bands on the bills that you all have toured with or would like to tour with and why?

EO: We along with everyone are pumped to see MAMMOTH WVH! He’s incredible both in his music writing and his production. It would be dope to be able to tour with a band like that!

Thanks again so much for the time, and I wish you guys the best of luck in your upcoming live dates.

Thank you for having us! Let us know if a show pops up near you we’d love to see ya!

More information on South of Eden’s upcoming performances is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://southofedenband.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/southofedenmusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/southofedenband

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Danny Wimmer Presents Launches New Rock Festival/Cruise

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents

Danny Wimmer Presents is bringing audiences a new live rock festival and cruise.

The company made the announcement Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media. Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach is scheduled to take place Feb. 16-21, 2022 aboard the Norwegian Pearl ship. The cruise departs Miami, FL and heads to Harvest Caye, Belize, where audiences will disembark for one day for a one-of-a-kind beach festival.

Rob Zombie is scheduled to headline the beach festival. It will also feature performances by Mudvyane (which is replacing Chevelle due to scheduling conflicts that it had), Black Stone Cherry, New Year’s Day, Tetrarch, and Amigo The Devil.

Amigo The Devil, Kevin Martin (Candlebox), Brett Scallions Aupervant Fuel, and Austin Meade are scheduled to perform on board on the Voragos Storytellers Stage. Comedians Jim Breuer, Big Jay Oakerson, Rachel Feinstein, and Shayne Smith are scheduled to perform on the cruise’s Voragos Comedy Stage.

An after party featuring performances by Brass Against and The Voragos Shut Up & Dance, and others will additionally take place each night.

Adding to interest for the inaugural event is are special appearances SiriusXM’s Shannon Gunz and the cast of “The Space Zebra Show.” SiriusXM’s Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin is scheduled to emcee the whole thing on board and on land.

Other acts scheduled for the upcoming event are the likes of Atreyu, Crown The Empire, and Afterlife.

Tickets for the event are available here.

More information on Voragos: Destination Lunasea Beach is available along with the event’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.voragos.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vorag0s

Twitter: https://twitter.com/voragos1

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Staind Announces Release Date, Specs For New Live Recording; Band To Hold Two Livestream Events

Courtesy: Yap’em/Alchemy Recordings

Staind will release a new live recording next month.

The band is scheduled to release its never-before-seen recording, Live: It’s Been a While May 7 through Yap’em/Alchemy Recordings. Pre-orders are open now. The recording’s release is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of the band’s landmark album Break The Cycle.

The concert featured in the recording was captured in October 2019 at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Front man Aaron Lewis talked about the concert during a recent interview.

“These were the first grouping of shows we played together in 2019, when we were gearing up for what was to be a very busy 2020…that never happened,” said Lewis.  “I’m glad we captured that energy here and can share it with those who couldn’t be at Foxwoods.”

The track listing for the recording is noted below.

Live: It’s Been Awhile track listing:

  1. Eyes Wide Open (Live)
  2. Paper Jesus (Live)
  3. Not Again (Live)
  4. Fade (Live)
  5. For You (Live)
  6. Something (Live)
  7. Intro (Live)
  8. Crawl (Live)
  9. Right Here (Live)
  10. Outside (Live)
  11. Paper Wings (Live)
  12. So Far Away (Live)
  13. Raw (Live)
  14. It’s Been Awhile (Live)
  15. Mudshovel (Live)

In related news, the recording is scheduled to stream May 1 in partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents. The streaming event is part of a bigger production dubbed, The Return of Staind: A Two Part Global Streaming Series.

Additionally, Staind is scheduled to perform its landmark album Break The Cycle May 8 in its entirety through a special livestream event. The album produced the band’s hit single, ‘It’s Been A While.’ Released in 2001, the album debuted at #1 with more than 700,000 copies sold. ‘It’s Been A While’ ended up spending 20 weeks at #1

Tickets and virtual meet-and-greets for both events are available here. A trailer for the performance is streaming here. Audiences can check out the full audio performance of ‘It’s Been A While’ here.

More information on Staind’s forthcoming live recording release and performance is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.STAIND.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Staind

Twitter: https://twitter.com/staind

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Jimmy Eat World Announces Details For Upcoming Livestream Shows

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents

Jimmy Eat World will open the new year with a series of new livestream performances.

The band announced Tuesday, it will host what it has dubbed the “Phoenix Sessions” on Jan. 15, Jan. 29, and Feb. 12. The concerts, which will be put on through Danny Wimmer Presents, will feature full performances of the band’s albums Surviving, Futures, and Clarity.

A trailer for the performances is streaming here. Tickets for the events are available here. Tickets are available by themselves and in three-ticket bundles with early bird prices set for $14.99 and and $39.99 respectively for the singles and bundles.

Front man Jim Adkins talked about the concerts during a recent interview.

“We are always looking for ways to challenge ourselves, to do things as music fans that we think would be cool for OUR fans,” he said. “We came up with the idea of presenting a series of concert films centered around a few specific albums (for now) and performing them on a different level. It isn’t the way we normally play a show and it’s definitely something new for how we approach a performance, but we haven’t been able to share the experience with our fans in over a year… so here we go!”

More information on Jimmy Eat World’s upcoming shows is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.jimmyeatworld.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jimmyeatworld

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimmyeatworld

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Corey Taylor To Celebrate Debut Solo LP’s Release With Livestreaming Concert

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Corey Taylor will celebrate the release of his new solo record next month with a livestreaming performance.

Taylor will hold what is dubbed “Forum or Against ‘Em” Oct. 2.  The streaming performance will come live from The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.  The concert is in support of his forthcoming album CMFT, which is scheduled for release the same day through Roadrunner Records.

CMFT has produced three singles and companion videos in the form of ‘HWY 666,’ ‘CMFT Must Be Stopped (ft. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie),’ and ‘Black Blue Eyes.’  Pre-orders for the album are open.

The set list for “Forum or Against ‘Em” is expected to feature songs that Taylor has crafted with Slipknot, Stone Sour and with his own solo project.  According to information provided about the upcoming event, it will be a full concert presentation, complete with pyrotechnics and guest performance by the all-female dance troupe The Cherry Bombs.

Tickets for the pay-per-view event are available.  Ticket bundles are also available.  They feature extras, such as a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, and access to an exclusive acoustic set from Taylor.

Taylor said in a recent interview, he was looking forward to the performance.

“I’ve been saying since the beginning, I’d find a way to bring this music and this band to the people,” he said.  “And I’m honored that the forum let us do just that.  It’s CMFT in its entirety.  It’s songs I’ve shared over the years.  It’s a celebration, and I’m so stoked to party with all of you.”

“Forum or Against ‘Em” is presented through a partnership between Danny Wimmer Presents and Taylor’s management company, 5B Artists + Media.

5B Artists + Media Founder/CEO shared Taylor’s excitement about the upcoming performance as he talked about the event.

“When Corey sent me a text saying FORUM OR AGAINST ‘EM I knew we had something truly special and unique,” he said. “The Forum is one of the most iconic venues in the world and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate his debut solo album!”

Additionally, Danny Wimmer Presents Founder and namesake Danny Wimmer said he was also anticipating the concert.

“To do a rock show on this scale, with an icon like Corey Taylor – while putting some of the behind-the-scenes heroes of the concert industry back to work – is an exciting step into the future,” said Wimmer. “We believe that Pay-Per-View is here to stay and we couldn’t think of anyone better to help us launch our new digital platform than Corey Taylor. He’s a global star, and his music with Slipknot and Stone Sour, as well as our amazing relationship with 5B, has helped to fuel DWP’s growth over the past decade. We can’t wait to get this show started.”

More information on Corey Taylor’s upcoming concert and forthcoming album is available along with all of Taylor’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.thecoreytaylor.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheCoreyTaylor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/coreytaylorrock

 

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Nine Inch Nails Tapped To Headline Expanded 2018 Louder Than Life Festival

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There’s good news for fans of the annual Louder Than Life Festival.

The annual rock festival has expanded to three days in what is now its fifth year.  Nine Inch Nails has been tapped to headline the festival, which is scheduled to be held Sept. 28 – 30 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky.  The full concert lineup will be announced June 4.

VIP and presale general admission tickets are on sale now.  Prices are noted below.

GA Weekend: Starting at $129.50 (4-packs are also available)
VIP Weekend: Starting at $449.50
Top Shelf VIP Weekend: $899.50 (with special amenities)

General on sale starts Friday, June 8 at noon.  ET.  More information on VIP packages and tickets is available online now at http://www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com.

Nine Inch Nails’ performance at this year’s festival is in support of its forthcoming album Bad Witch, which is currently scheduled to be released June 22 via Null Corporation. The album’s first single, ‘God Break Down The Door‘ is streaming online now.

Louder Than Life is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents.  More information on the Louder Than Life Festival is available online now along with all of the festival’s latest updates at:

 

Website: http://www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/louderthanlifefestival

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ltlfest

 

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Houston Open Air Festival Lineup Announced

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

The lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival has officially been announced.

Organizers with the Houston Open Air Festival have revealed the lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival.  The lineup will feature 35 bands over two days.  That list includes: Deftones, Slayer,Chevelle, The Cult, Ministry, Alter Bridge, Ghost, Anthrax, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Sevendust, Baroness, Hellyeah, Chevy Metal, Buckcherry, Nothing More, The Amity Affliction, Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots, Avatar, letlive., Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Texas Hippie Coalition, Young Guns, Starset, Sick Puppies, Skindred, Neck Deep, Sons Of Texas, KYNG, Twelve Foot Ninja, Gemini Syndrome, The Word Alive, Dinosaur Pile Up, September Mourning, and more.  Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains have been named as the festival’s headliners.

A rolling discounted Early Bird pre-sale for Weekend General Admission tickets begins this Tuesday, May 17th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  A very limited quantity of tickets will be available during this pre-sale.  They can be purchased online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com and will only be available while supplies last.  Their prices are noted below.

 

Early Bird #1: $89.50

Early Bird #2: $99.50

 

VIP weekend tickets will also be available at a cost of $234.50.

Public on-sale tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  They will also be available for purchase online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com.  Their prices are listed below.

 

 

Weekend GA: $109.50

Single-day GA: $69.50

Single-day VIP: $129.50

VIP Weekend: $234.50

 

 

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into venue, access to VIP-only area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food options (for additional purchase), VIP-only viewing area of Main Stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a VIP-only commemorative laminate.

A portion of all proceeds from ticket sales for the festival will go toward aiding the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund.  The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund was established by Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner in order to accept donations for flood relief in the Houston community.  This includes aiding victims of the flooding that stemmed from recent storms that hit the region.  More information on The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund is available online at http://www.houstonrecovers.org.  Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, spoke with the media recently.  He discussed the timing of the festival’s announcement in relation to the city’s recovery from said storms as well as the motivation for teaming with Mayor Turner in his recovery efforts.  “Houston Open Air has been in the works for almost a year now,” he said.  It’s awkward to announce a major music festival in a city that has experienced such recent hardship and, in fact, we delayed our announcements out of respect for what Houston has endured. But at the same time, our festivals are about highlighting the strengths (or sometimes the needs) of our host city. There’s no more important way to do that right now than to support Mayor Turner’s efforts to help Houston recover from this spring’s flooding and we will be incorporating this message throughout our launch campaign.”

Danny Wimmer is the founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.  He shared his thoughts on the logistics of the concert’s location, its lineup, and more in his discussion with the press.  “Houston is one of the country’s biggest rock markets and, when combined with the impressive food scene happening here, it’s a natural location for a DWP festival,” he said.  “We’re thrilled to have such a diverse first-year lineup that includes Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and Chevelle. With the inclusion of an incredible food experience and the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Row, we are kicking off a powerhouse experience that will live in the market for many years to come!”

The Houston Open Air Festival’s band lineup is just part of what audiences have to look forward to this year.  There will also be a special food and drink experience for fans who attend.  This includes the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row and a massive Gourmet Man Food Experience  The brands featured in the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row include: Jack Daniel’s Black Label, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Old Forester, and Woodford Reserve.  The complete lineup and menus for the Gourmet Man Food experience will be announced soon.

Houston Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, producer of: Louder Than Life, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Aftershock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Rock on the Range, and more.  It is sponsored by: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador, Fxck Cancer’s Dyin2Live, NRG Park, and SoHo Concessions, and more to be announced soon.

NRG Park is the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  It is located at One NRG Park in Houston, TX.

More information on the Houston Open Air Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houstonopenair

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HouOpenAir

 

 

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Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival Returning For Its Second Year

Courtesy:  Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

There’s big concert news coming out of Pennsylvania  today.

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is returning to Pennsylvania this summer.  It will take place Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park), home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, in Chester, PA, which is just outside of Philadelphia.  It will feature a lineup of more than 35 bands.  That lineup includes but is not limited to: Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, Chevelle, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Chevy Metal, Baroness, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Motionless In White, Buckcherry, Trivium, Avatar, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, letlive., Neck Deep, Skindred, KYNG, Young Guns, Crobot, Devour The Day, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up, Death Angel and Hundredth.

A rolling discounted Early Bird on-sale for weekend General Admission tickets and VIP passes starts this Tuesday, May 10th at 12pm EDT and runs through Friday, May 13th at 10am EDT.  Early Bird tickets and VIP passes will be available in a very limited quantity.  The prices for each is noted below.

 

Early Bird #1: $79 GA Weekend Stands, $99 GA Weekend Floor, $219 VIP Weekend

Early Bird #2: $89 GA Weekend Stands, $109 GA Weekend Floor, $239 VIP Weekend

Early Bird #3: $99 GA Weekend Stands, $129 GA Weekend Floor, $259 VIP Weekend

 

Zippo 2-packs will also be available at a price of $550.  They include 2-VIP weekend passes and 2 commemorative Zippos.  Single-day admission and general weekend packages will go on full sale along with VIP packages beginning May 13th at 10am EDT.  Prices will increase in the weeks leading up to the festival.  Current prices are listed below.

 

GA Weekend: $129 floor, $99 stands

GA 4-Packs: $308

VIP Weekend: $219

VIP 2-Packs: $550

Single Day GA (stands): $44.50

Single Day VIP: $119.50

 

VIP packages for the festival include: Stadium-level VIP main stage viewing, floor-level VIP viewing area for the west main stage, dedicated entrance lanes into the festival, VIP area with shade and picnic tables, VIP restrooms, special food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), and a commemorative VIP laminate.

The music is just one part of the experience that audiences will be able to enjoy at this year’s festival.  Along with lots of great music there will also be loads of great food and drink, too.  There will loads of dishes offered by some of Philadelphia’s eateries in the Gourmet Man Food experience.  There will also be plenty of brews offered by breweries from across America.  The culinary lineup for the Gourmet Man Food Experience currently features: Braz-B-Q, Chickie & Pete’s, The Cow & The Curd, Dos Hermanos, Dump ’n’ Roll, M.A.T.T.’s Gourmet Sliders, Mama’s Meatballs, Seoulfull Philly, Sum Pig and The Tot Cart.  The breweries that will be at the festival include: Evolution Craft Brewing Co (Salisbury, MD), Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company (Dover, DE), New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO), Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA), Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA) and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

Danny Wimmer, head of Danny Wimmer Presents, recently discussed the festival’s return with the media.  He discussed not only the festival’s return but its expansion to two days this year and expectations in general for this year’s event.  “When we came to Philadelphia last year, we knew there was a demand for this kind of festival in the market, but the response exceeded our expectations,” he said.  Growing to two days in our second year was an obvious decision, and we’re looking forward to giving fans an even better experience in 2016.”

Geoff Gordon is President of Live Nation Philadelphia.  He echoed Wimmer’s sentiments in his thoughts on the festival’s return.  “Last year’s Monster Energy Rock Allegiance was a huge success on so many levels,” he said.  “We were proud to bring this venue their first ever concert; a record-setting, sold out smash hit. The audience had such a great time enjoying a unique experience of music and lifestyle — we knew in 2016 we could turn it up a notch!”

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation, and Spectra at Talen Energy Stadium.  It is sponsored by: Jack Daniel’s, Zippo Encore, The Music Experience, Take Me Home, and Fxck Cancer/Dyin2Live, with more to be announced.  More information on the 2016 Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.RockAllegiance.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rockallegiance

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockallegiance

 

More information on all of the latest events at Talen Energy Stadium is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/stadium

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TalenEnergyStadium

Twitter: http://twitter.com/talenenergystdm

 

Audiences can also get advance notice about all of the latest events at Talen Energy Stadium by joining the free Talen Energy Stadium CyberClub here.

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Early Details Announced For Houston Open Air Festival

Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

There’s a new live concert festival coming to Texas this summer.

The Houston Open Air Festival will be held Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th.  The two-day festival will be held at NRG Park in Houston.  It is being presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, which is also the organization behind some of the nation’s biggest music festivals including: LOUDER THAN LIFE, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Rock On The Range and more.

The festival’s official lineup will be announced on Tuesday, May 16th at noon CDT/1 pm ET along with lots more details about the event.  Early bird tickets for the festival will go on sale Wednesday, May 17th.  They will be available for purchase online at the festival’s official website.  Danny Wimmer, head of Danny Wimmer Presents, discussed bringing the festival to Houston in a recent interview with the media.  He noted that he had kept an eye on the city for some time and expectations for the festival.  “We’re excited to bring a new rock festival to Houston,” he said.  I have been looking at Houston for years. The market has all the elements needed for a unique destination festival: a strong rock community, a vibrant food scene, and a love of great whiskey and craft beer. We’re looking forward to bringing the Houston market a full festival experience with top rock bands, showing the rest of the country all that Houston has to offer, and helping to showcase some of the reasons that the Washington Post named Houston as one of the Top 5 food cities in America.”

The entertainment (in terms of food, drink, and music) is just the tip of the iceberg for the upcoming festival.  Organizers have also been in talks with the mayor’s office to highlight at the festival, local disaster relief efforts and fundraising that have been undertaken in recent months.  This is in response to the devastation that has hit the area due to recent flooding.  Those looking to help in those efforts are encouraged to donate to Houston Recovers at its official website.

Hotel discounts for the festival are available online now via the Curadora link at the festival’s official website.  More information on that and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houstonopenair

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HouOpenAir

 

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