Our resident decibel-meter man returns once again to the (metal) scene of the crime – check out some of his previous coverage which left our photo editor’s ears ringing just looking at the pics.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON
When the temperature reaches nearly 100 degrees for the third day straight and you are aware of the dusty, humid conditions, what do you wear? Why, black of course! The dark color is a must-have for the metal and rock hybrid that takes the crown for the largest rock festival in the United States. This year’s attendance reached more than 128,000 people over the three-day schedule.
It’s no wonder that this festival topped all other festivals this year with the killer lineup that Danny Wimmer Presents put together. (Scroll to the bottom for details on the production company.) It started with Guns N’ Roses and carried on with the reunion of Staind and big names like Slipknot (who had just dropped a great new album), Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Philip H Anselmo & the Illegals (whose set was heavy with Pantera classics and even had a guest appearance from the members of GWAR). Wimmer brought over 30 acts of rock and metal and through in a little spice with rap legends Ice Cube and Jelly Roll.
The heat was unbearable, but with constant ear blasting music and enough gourmet food and drinks to hold you over until the late night second trip meal, no one was sitting this one out. With a normal temperature of around 75-80 during the day and in the 60s at night, this year’s unseasonable weather was close to one hundred degrees all three days.
The weather tried its best to dampen the festival-goers, but we got an immaculate festival and a great location that Wimmer and the team had to transform into a suitable site for a three separate weekend festival, starting with Home Town Rising, followed by Bourbon & Beyond, and ending with Louder Than Life. This year’s festivals were relocated due to the old site being prone to flooding and ruining the Bourbon & Beyond festival last year and leading to the cancellation of the 2018 Louder festival as well.
The new site has a great layout but does and will probably receive some planted trees for shade, more shaded tents and or tables for people to sit and rest while grabbing a great meal. Elsewhere at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center, fans were able to take in several art displays and live painting, including a large homage to late actor Sid Haig, best known to rock fans for playing Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s films. Other onsite attractions included the Kroger Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier Journal, which featured more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries; Fred Minnick’s Mini Bar presented by Bourbon Women Association, hosted by the Bourbon & Beyond bourbon curator, author/expert, and Amazon Prime host (Bourbon Up); Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Sports Bar; The Music Experience; Angel’s Envy Speakeasy; and The Silver Dollar Hunter’s Club, where attendees could find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary collectibles.
Motionless In White
New Years Day
The Crystal Method
The Pink Slips
(Duff watching his daughter’s The Pink Slips)
Three Days Grace
Louder Than Life is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America. DWP events include Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. For more information on Louder Than Life (#louderthanlife) please visit: