Today in Oz: Ozzfest sues Ozy fest

Posted by on October 20, 2017

Ozzfest traces back to 1996, and its extensive history shows the wide range of rock and heavy metal acts along with the Prince of darkness. Over the years we have seen Slayer, Danzig, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Tool, Megadeth, Motorhead, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Static-X, Pantera, Kittie, Soulfly, Black Label Society, Apartment 26, Disturbed, MudVayne, Chevelle, Flaw, KoRn, Judas Priest, Killswitch Engage, Iron Maiden, Arch Enemy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Lacuna Coil, Dragonforce, Metallica, Lamb of God, Nile, The Sword, Steel Panther, Motley Crue, BabyMetal, Opeth, Suicidal Tendencies, and many more. Even with the new Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, the festival is still kicking with a diversified bill.

Apparently, there’s another festival with a similar name called Ozy Fest (short for Ozy Fusion Fest). The event took place this past July in Central Park, NYC and featured non-heavy acts such as Jason Derulo, Samantha Bee, Adam Grant, and Talib Kweli.The organizers of the one-and-only Ozzfest that we know and love are not happy with the similar name. Therefore, they filed a lawsuit against them.

TMZ reports that the organizers fired off a cease and desist letter, warning that the event, and its logo, were confusing music fans. OZY fest responded, denying it was a concert, claiming it was a “media-focused event.”

However, based on their website, it states:

“Welcome to OZY FEST 2017 —  New York City’s hottest summer festival! Described as “TED meets Coachella” by The New York Times, this all-day party in Central Park brings together incredible music, provocative ideas, laugh-out- loud comedy and mouth-watering food under the city skyline. Join the party this July and experience it for yourself.”


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