We continue with our rock and metal festival guide for North America to consolidate everything that’s going to happen within the next few months. Check out the first part of our guide to find more of these fests so you can plan which are the best options for you.
9.- Bay Area Death Fest – July 15th-17th
If you’re a fan of brutal death and other sorts of really heavy music, you should go to the bay area and attend the Bay Area Death Fest. Just like the name suggests, this festival consists mainly by death metal bands, from underground bands like Stages of Decomposition or Parasitic Ejaculation; to bigger names like Suffocation, Disgorge or Internal Bleeding. Even if you’re not into this kind of extreme metal, we can guarantee you’ll find something you like. Tickets can be purchased here.
Disgorge, Internal Bleeding, Early Graves, Aethere, Connoisseur, Face Of Oblivion, Harlequin, Embodied Torment, Your Enemy, .38Snub, Solitary Priapsm, Symbolik, Behold The Desecration, Suffocation, Dehumanized, Cerebral Incubation, Dysentery, Parasitic Ejaculation, Omnipotent Hysteria, Logistic Slaughter, World End Man, Stages of Decomposition, Splattered, SICK, Saponification, Incisus, Genethliac.
10.-Riot Fest – September 2nd-4th, 16th-18th.
A different kind of festival from the rest listed before is Riot Fest, which takes place in two different weekends and two different cities. Bringing music and madness to Denver, CO and Chicago, IL respectively, Riot Fest has their chops ready by bringing the classic Misfits line up with Glenn Danzig, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and Jerry Only, making it their first appearance together in 33 years. There are many other great acts but the list is too long to describe so we’ll let you decide on your own. Tickets can be found here.
The Original Misfits (Featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein), Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, NAS, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Descendents, NOFX, Underoath, Bad Religion, Thursday, Tyler, the Creator, Pepper, Jake Bugg, Motion City Soundtrack, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady, Yo La Tengo, Sleigh Bells, Chevy Metal, The Dandy Warhols, Vince Staples, Suicidal Tendencies, Flatbush Zombies, Hatebreed, Lagwagon, The Aquabats, Glassjaw, The Wonder Years, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Danny Brown, Against Me!, Meat Puppets, Leftöver Crack, Dan Deacon, Murder By Death, Rogue Wave, Converge, Billy Talent, Fucked Up, Lewis Del Mar, Set Your Goals, Juliette Lewis & The Licks,Touché Amoré, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration, Pouya, White Lung, Plague Vendor, People Under the Stairs, Fat Nick and Don Krez, Violent Soho, Judith Hill, Tigers Jaw, Bleached, Diarrhea Planet, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Dee-1, Kirk Knight, Somos, Turnover, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Bryce Vine, 3Teeth, Night Riots, Syd Arthur, Holy White Hounds, Jule Vera, Microwave, Death Spells, Diet Cig, Donna Missal, High Waisted, Culture Abuse, and Featuring Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.
11. -Hells Headbash – September 2nd-4th
We attended last year’s edition of Hells Headbash and we loved every single aspect of it. Held in Cleveland, OH, Hells Headbash will deliver their 3rd edition with another stellar lineup including bands like Angel Corpse, Profanatica, Grand Belial’s Key and Incantation just to name a few of the many great acts bringing some of the best black and death metal out there. If evil and blasphemous metal is your cup of tea, make your plans to catch this great fest and don’t forget to get your tickets here.
Acid Witch, Embalmer, Goat Semen Official, Hobbs’ Angel of Death, Incantation, Scythian, Shed The Skin, Terror, Angelcorpse, Armour, Atomic Aggressor, Demona, Demoncy, Nuke, POWER FROM HELL, Profanatica, Void Meditation Cult, Grand Belial’s Key, Intolitarian, Kerasphorus, MORBOSIDAD , Perdition Temple, Revenge, Rotten, Sacrocurse, Toxic Holocaust, BAT, Necrophagia, AT WAR, DESTRUCTOR, SACRED FEW, Soulless.
12.- High Elevation Festival – September 10th
There are plenty of one-day festivals out there worth mentioning but this one has to stand out due to the heavy hitters they booked for the event. High Elevation Festival will take place in Denver, CO for one day only, which means they’ll be bringing the big guns and let them loose back to back. Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Pierce The Veil and Ministry are some of the top names on the bill but will be preceded by many other great acts that you will have the chance to catch in just one day. Tickets are available here.
Animals As Leaders, Avenged Sevenfold, Chevelle, Festivals, Killswitch Engage, Lola Black,Ministry, Neck Deep, Pierce The Veil, Sevendust, Shamans Harvest, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Amity Affliction, Twelve Foot Ninja, Volbeat
13.-Shadow Woods Metal Fest – September 15th-18th
This year’s edition of Shadow Woods Metal Fest is stacked with some of the best domestic bands in the underground scene. A multi-days camping festival in White Hall, MD accompanied by amazing live acts like the mysterious Ghost Bath, Mantar or Blood Storm sounds like the best plans you can make to receive the September equinox. Tickets are still available here.
A Sound Of Thunder, Acid Witch, At The Graves, Athame, Blood Storm, Bound By The Grave,Cemetery Filth, Cemetery Piss, Coffin Dust, Corpse Light, Darsombra, Destroyer of Light, Empyreus,Faith in Jane, Genevieve, Ghost Bath, Grave Gnosis, Haxen, Helgamite, Helleborus, Heron, Horseskull,Lotus Thief, Myopic, Numenorean, Sacrificial Blood, Sadgiqacea, Sadistic Vision, Sapremia, Shadow Woods Metal Fest, Surgeon, T.O.M.B., Teloch Vovin, Temple of Void, Tengger Cavalry, Tombs, Torrid Hust, Vorator, Wizard Eye, Xeukatre, Zud, Mantar.
14.-Rock Allegiance Festival – September 17th-18th.
Monster Energy’s Rock Allegiance is coming back to Chester, PA in its second edition and it’s getting more ambitious than before. The festival will have a perfect balance between rock and metal bands with shows by Alice In Chains or The Offsprings, along with a high octane dosage of Slayer and Anthrax. A real treat for those living in the east coast or willing to travel to enjoy a great, heavy weekend. Tickets can be purchased here.
Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Avatar, Avenged Sevenfold, Baroness, Breaking Benjamin, Buckcherry,Chevelle, Chevy Metal, Crobot, Death Angel, Devour the Day, Dinosaur Pile Up, Ghost, Hellyeah,Hundredth, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Killswitch Engage, Kyng, letlive, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Motionless In White, Neck Deep, Of Mice & Men,Pierce The Veil, Rock Allegiance, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Skindred, Slayer, The Amity Affliction, The Cult, The Offspring, The Pretty Reckless, Trivium, Twelve Foot Ninja, Volbeat, Young Guns.
15.-Revolution Rock Festival – September 17th.
Basically a smaller version of the Rock Allegiance above, Revolution Rock Fest will have some of the bands performing at the Chester festival but in Mashantucket, CT, bringing the same quality to more than one place on the same weekend. Not feeling like driving a few hours to make it to Rock Allegiance? Monster Energy Drink has got your back and has tickets available for this festival here.
Anthrax, Avenged Sevenfold, Chevelle, Crobot, Devour The Day, Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Kyng, Nothing More, Of Mice & Men, Sevendust, Slayer, The Amity Affliction, Twelve Foot Ninja, Volbeat
16.- Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – September 24th-25th
The great comeback of one of the original open air festivals in the US, Ozzy Osbourne decided to join forces with Slipknot to bring together Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. The festival will be held in two days, with the “Ozzfest” edition the first day and the “Knotfest” one the second day and each will be headlined by Black Sabbath and Slipknot respectively, along with a large set of excellent bands ready to rock Southern California. Tickets can be purchased here.
Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, RIVAL SONS, Children Of Bodom, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, GOATWHORE, Huntress, Dead Cross, Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, Still Rebel, Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Trivium, Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, Man with A Mission, Whitechapel, Combichrist, Death Angel, SIM, ONI.
Take a look at our third and last part of our metal festival guide for the year.