2016 World’s Loudest Month Festival Dates Revealed


(PCM) The 2016 dates for the World’s Loudest Month festival series have been announced, including exciting new elements at many events as demand continues to grow. Created by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in April and May.

More than 426,000 fans turned out for the 2015 World’s Loudest Month festivals across the U.S., breaking all attendance records and solidifying the significance of rock and metal music in America.

“You said you wanted more, and we heard you loud and clear,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the WLM festival series for AEG Live. “More days, more bands, more stages, more art, more food…And a few special surprises, too! We can’t wait for spring to get here!”

The 2016 World’s Loudest Month festival dates and locations are as follows:

Monster Energy Fort Rock: April 30 & May 1 in Fort Myers, FL

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville: April 30 & May 1 in Jacksonville, FL

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion: May 6, 7 & 8 in Concord, NC

Northern Invasion: May 14 & 15 in Somerset, WI

Rockfest: May 14 in Kansas City, MO

Rock On The Range 10th Anniversary: May 20, 21 & 22 in Columbus, OH

Rocklahoma 10th Anniversary: May 27, 28, 29 in Pryor, OK

The Bud Light River City Rockfest: May 29 in San Antonio, TX


Rock On The Range (May 20, 21 & 22, Columbus, OH)


Rock On The Range–the largest and most-acclaimed rock festival in the United States–will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2016. Tickets for the 2015 festival sold out, with a monumental 120,000 in attendance over the three days. Die-hard fans (known as “Rangers”) annually travel from all 50 states and around the globe to Columbus, OH for Rock On The Range, resulting in consecutive sell-outs. With three days of music on three stages, a comedy tent, new art installations, and many onsite activities, Rock On The Range sets the standard for American rock festivals. Rock On The Range truly is “Where Rock Lives.”

Rock On The Range Layaway Packages are on sale NOW and VIP and Hotel Packages go on sale Monday, November 16 at RockOnTheRange.com. Lineup coming soon!

Rocklahoma (May 27, 28 & 29, Pryor, OK)


Rocklahoma is also thrilled to be celebrating the 10 year mark in 2016! 60,000 fans were in attendance for the last Rocklahoma–America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party featuring the best current rock artists and classic bands–at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds, just outside Tulsa, OK. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long! With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.”

Ticket renewals for Rocklahoma 2016 will begin on Monday, November 16, please call 866.310.2288 or email info@rocklahoma.com. The renewal option is available for those who purchased a weekend reserved or VIP package in 2015. Lineup coming in early 2016!
Monster Energy Fort Rock (April 30 & May 1, Fort Myers, FL)

Monster Energy Fort Rock expands to two days in 2016 after selling out the single-day festival at JetBlue Park for three years in a row. In 2015, South Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival had 14,000 in attendance.

Monster Energy Fort Rock lineup will be announced Monday, December 7 at 8am EST. Discounted tickets as well as VIP packages will be available when the lineup is announced. General festival pricing begins on December 21, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save.
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville (April 30 & May 1, Jacksonville, FL)

After expanding into the adjacent EverBank Field grounds in 2015, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville drew a record crowd of 50,000 for the fifth anniversary of Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival at Jacksonville’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River. The 2015 Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville featured performances from over 50 bands, Tequila World, art installations, a diverse food selection, wine tastings, and other onsite activities.

The full Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville festival experience will be announced Monday, December 7 at 8am EST with discounted tickets, VIP and hotel packages available at that time. General festival pricing begins on December 21, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (May 6, 7 & 8, Concord, NC)


Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion grows to three full days in 2016. Tickets for the Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival sold out in advance in 2015, with 80,000 fans in attendance for the fifth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway just outside Charlotte, NC. The festival features the best of today’s rock, along with legendary classic artists, playing on four stages, a world-class BBQ village and top notch camping facilities.

Northern Invasion (May 14 & 15, Somerset, WI)


Northern Invasion jumps to two full days after tickets sold out quickly in year one. The inaugural festival in 2015 gave 25,000 fans in the great north the chance to rock out to the biggest rock bands for over twelve hours and offered a top tier campground experience. In addition to expanding to two days, a third stage will be added along with expanded campgrounds. Lineup, ticket and on sale information for Northern Invasion will be announced soon!

Rockfest (May 14, Kansas City, MO)


Rockfest, a Kansas City tradition, has been thrilling rock fans since 1992. In 2015, tickets were sold out with 50,000 in attendance for the 23rd year of Rockfest at Penn Valley Park in downtown Kansas City. This marked the eighth consecutive year with over 50,000 in attendance for America’s largest one-day music festival, which is known as THE rock & roll event of the Midwest, with three stages and 12 hours of hard-hitting music. Lineup, ticket and on sale information for Rockfest will be announced in early 2016!

The Bud Light River City Rockfest (May 29, San Antonio, TX)

2015 marked the biggest audience yet for The Bud Light River City Rockfest at San Antonio’s AT&T Park, with 27,500 in attendance for the festival’s third year. Lineup, ticket and on sale information for The Bud Light River City Rockfest will be announced in early 2016!

The World’s Loudest Month is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Anheuser Busch, Zippo and Jack Daniel’s.

For more information please visit: www.WorldsLoudestMonth.com // Facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldsLoudestMonth 

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Catching Up With Highly Suspect At Rock On The Range


(PCM) From the humble shores of Cape Cod to the grit and spit of the streets of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Highly Suspect have come a long way. These bad ass indie rockers are set to drop their debut LP, “Mister Asylum,” on July 17 via 300 Entertainment.

We caught the band’s mesmerizing set while out at America’s premiere rock festival Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH and their performance was absolutely spectacular.  Not only did we catch Highly Suspect’s incredibly set, but we also caught up with the guys for a quick chat about just what’s in-store for the rest of this year.

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Interview with Crobot Vocalist Brandon Yeagley


(PCM) The last two years have been quite a whirlwind for Crobot. From signing with Wind-Up records and the release of their debut album “Something Supernatural” last October, these Pennsylvania rockers have certainly been keeping busy, as well as, gearing up for the release of some new material.


The band’s new single “Full Moon Howl” is off the chain and we absolutely can’t wait to see what else is on the way later this year. Currently, the band is getting ready to wrap up a string of dates out on the road with Anthrax and Volbeat and getting ready to head overseas to perform at the upcoming Download Festival and then literally take to the seas on the upcoming Motorhead Motorboat Cruise this coming September.


We were absolutely thrilled to see that Crobot got added to this year’s Rock On The Range festival and even more excited to catch up with front man Brandon Yeagley for a chat about what’s to come for the rest of the year!

Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

Full gallery of images of Crobot performing at Rock On The Range can be found on our Facebook page!

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Rock On The Range 2015 Features Timeless Talent


(PCM) Rock On The Range is well-known as the premiere rock festival in the U.S. and as always the 2015 line-up delivered as promised. Despite gloomy skies and some scattered rain showers, this year’s festival was simply superb.

Timeless is the one word that comes to mind when thinking about the wide array of talent that was featured on the sold-out Rock On The Range 2015. Over the course of the three-day weekend, there was a certain timeless quality to the music and stage presence of each band that graced the festival’s three stages. The multi-generational appeal of the band’s on this year’s line-up was top notch and the sold-out crowd appeared ecstatic to see so many of their favorites all in one place.



This year we saw headlining sets from Slipknot, Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Godsmack, and Rise Against throughout the course of the weekend’s festivities.


Friday got off to a great start with sets on the Ernie Ball and Jagermeister Stages with both Shaman’s Harvest and Islander, however things were kicked into high gear when We Are Harlot took to the festivals main stage. After We Are Harlot we ran over to the outside stage to catch the always energetic VAMPS, before rushing once again to the main stage to see Apocalyptica’s killer performance. They are always a favorite, especially in the live setting, as their rocking set featuring cellos is always a sight to behold.


We were also thrilled to be in attendance to catch Live’s debut Rock On The Range performance. Having seen the band a few years back on the Summerland Tour, I was incredibly curious as to what they would bring to the big stage at Rock On The Range and trust me, they did not disappoint. The band churned out hit after hit and had the audience belting out each and every word.  Next on the main stage was Breaking Benjamin and it just so happens that back in 2007, the very first year of Rock On The Range, Breaking Benjamin was the very first band to ever play the main stage, so with this being the nine year anniversary of the festival, it was wonderful to see them up there rocking once again. Just like at Carolina Rebellion, they by far had one of the most insane crowds of the day.


Bringing a little bit of hip-hop flair to Friday’s bill was Yelawolf, who put on absolutely solid performance and did a fantastic job at gearing us up for what was yet to come to close out Rock On The Range day one.  Marilyn Manson took to the main stage and does what Manson does best … tearing up the stage with a blistering set filled with fan favorites, as well as, some new tracks off his latest album release “The Pale Emperor”.  Never one to shy away from shock value, Manson proceeded to chew up and eat his set list, cut himself and bleed on-stage, as well as, try to pull up and smash the amps or speakers on stage … all while gloriously mugging for crowd. It was intense in the best way possible.


Carrying on that intensity were Friday evenings final performers, Slipknot, who took things to a whole new level with their mesmerizing performance. The band is still as fierce as they were they first broke on the scene and no matter the trials and tribulations they may have suffered over the years, they are in no way showing any signs of slowing down.


After a much needed night’s rest it was time for day two of Rock On The Range 2015. While we were hoping for bright and sunny skies, our day unfortunately began with scattered rain storms looming over Mapfre Stadium. However, a little rain couldn’t stop us from checking out this year’s “secret band”, which turned out to be none other than Saint Asonia, the new band formed by former Three Days Grace lead vocalist Adam Gontier and Staind’s Mike Mushok. They performed an fantastic set that featured some tunes from each of their old band, as well, as some new material off their debut album, which we were able to preview at the special VIP party on Friday night. They were the perfect band to set the place and lift some of the gloom that hung over the crowd that afternoon.


A little rain couldn’t keep us from checking out Sabaton next and somehow the rain gave this band an opportunity to rock even hard and the inclement weather conditions almost seemed like a perfect fit for this band’s thundering side stage set. After Sabaton, we hit the main stage once again to check out the blistering performance from Of Mice & Men. Vocalist Austin Carlile is absolutely hypnotic to watch on-stage and much of the younger generation of fans in the audience were clinging onto his each and every move on stage.


Unfortunately, it really began pouring once Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts came on stage and sadly the main stadium area emptied out rather abruptly. We were able to catch a few songs before heading for shelter, but definitely wished we could have stayed to see a bit more.  Again braving the rain, we just had to go see what all the hoopla surrounding Babymetal was all about!  As much as I want to say they were ridiculous, I could not help but find myself completely engrossed and entertained by their performance. It is always a treat to see something different at these type of festivals and Babymetal with their pounding metal backbeat and adorable J-pop dance moves definitely fit that description to a tee. They are easy to fall in love with, that’s for sure and if the huge, rainy mosh pit was any indication, the Rock On The Range crowd loved this group as well.


As the rain tapered off we made our way over to catch In This Moment, which should really just be called Maria Brink backed by In This Moment, as she is truly the main focus of the band’s entire set. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the band members especially guitarist Chris Hemsworth are incredible musicians, but Maria is truly the show. I don’t think I have seen another artist since Lady Gaga go through as may costume changes in such a short set time, but they made it work and in the end the theatricality behind In This Moment makes them a must see performance.


Closing out the Ernie Ball stage on day two was the legendary Ministry fronted by the legend himself Al Jourgensen. Taking to the stage in epic fashion wearing a modified gas mask of sorts, Jorgensen immediately held the crowd in the palm of his hand. Obviously a bit unhappy with the amount of set time given to the band, he commented on stage “These motherf**ckers only gave us 40 minutes to play our best s**t”” before hilariously adding “I figure we’ve got at least 42 minutes of quality s**t”. We agree, Al, we agree!


Day two ended with amazing sets from both Godsmack and Judas Priest. I don’t think I will ever tire of watching the epic drum battle ensue between Godsmack front man Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin. It is as hypnotizing today as the very first time I saw it several years back. To again speak of the timelessness of the weekend, Judas Priest were a perfect choice to perform. It was sad to see so many people exiting the arena once these legendary “metal gods” took to the stage. Vocalist Rob Halford walked onto the stage using a cane, but that definitely did little to diminish the spirit and energy that poured forth from the band’s set. They were definitely one of the true highlights of our weekend of timeless rock n’ roll.

The intense heat and humidity did nothing to dampen the spirit as we moved into the third and final day of Rock On The Range 2015.  Due to an incredibly bad traffic back-up on the way into the festival, we got there just in time to catch the last few moments of Hollywood Undead’s main stage set. Once we were finally able to get into the swing of things,  The Pretty Reckless gave us a sultry, yet blistering performance. It was wonderful to finally see The Pretty Reckless shine during their Rock On The Range main stage debut. Last year, the band garnered an enormous crowd on the side stage, so it was only fitting that they be bumped up to the big stage, especially after the amazing success of the band’s latest album release.


After The Pretty Reckless, we bounced over to the side stage to catch Rival Sons, who absolutely blew me away with their showmanship and musicality, followed by a set from Halestorm on the main stage. Halestorm is another one of those band that I truly never tire of seeing in the live environment. Vocalist Lzzy Hale absolutely captivates the audience and her brother Arjay Hale is without a doubt one of the most energetic drummers I have ever seen.


While some die hard rock and metal fans were complaining about a little hip-hop flavor being thrown on the bill this year, I for one, was thrilled when it was announced that Tech N9ne would be appearing at this years festival.  Tech N9ne is a true artist and was without a doubt one of the performances that I had been waiting on all weekend long.  Take all your preconceived notions about genre stereotypes and toss them straight out the window because Tech N9ne is able to flawlessly blend together elements of both rap and rock to create a style that is very much all his own. He is incredibly unique and that is something that is very lacking in today’s music scene.  Tech’s Rock On The Range performance was fantastic and we absolutely can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next! Not going to lie, though, I was really hoping that both Slipknot and Tech N9ne would have been performing the same day, as hearing new track “Wither” feat. Corey Taylor would have been epic to see performed together live.


Gathering ourselves together after Tech N9ne, it was time to head back over to the main stage to see Rise Against. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to catch Rise Against, not only once, but twice this summer, as they performed at this year’s Carolina Rebellion festival, as well as, Rock On The Range. It is always wonderful to witness a band that truly has something to say and Rise Against does a fantastic job of making sure that everyone within earshot is listening. Superb performance from these guys yet again!


To close out our wonderful weekend of rock n’ roll, Linkin Park took to the stage to close out Rock On The Range 2015 with a bang. The placement in the line-up for this year’s headliners was perfect, because in years past we have seen the stadium slowly begin to empty out once the third day headliners take to the stage, however this was definitely not the case with Linkin Park. They were the perfect choice to close out the weekend, as they are another one of those timeless bands which every generation in attendance can relate.

Whose ready for next year?  I know we are, as we can’t wait to see what Rock On The Range 2016 with bring!

Want more images from Rock On The Range 2015? Visit our Facebook page to see full galleries from this year’s festival!

Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography


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VAMPS Bring Adrenaline And Excitement To Rock On The Range


(PCM) Fresh off their recent tour with opening up for Sixx:A.M. VAMPS brought a rush of pure adrenaline and excitement to the Rock On The Range audience. Once this band hits the stage, you are immediately mesmerized by their performance and they are certainly a band that is continuing to generate a ton of positive buzz here in the U.S.

These Japanese rockers are currently touring behind their latest album release “BloodSuckers” available now via Spinefarm Records and we absolutely can’t wait to see what they have in-store next!

We had a chance to catch with both Hyde and K.A.Z of VAMPS to chat about the band’s recent tour with Sixx:A.M., fans in the States, music festivals and just what’s next for the band overall.

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Live Brings A Spirited Performance To Rock On The Range


(PCM) Seeing Live perform on the main stage at this year’s Rock On The Range was like catching up with a dear old friend you haven’t seen in a few years and feeling as if no time has passed at all. The band’s music has a timeless appeal and without a doubt Live’s music was a crucial influence on the type of music fan I am today.


Front man Chris Shinn took control of the stage and led the audience through many of the band’s hits such as “I Alone”, “Lightning Crashes” and my personal favorite “Lakini’s Juice” to name a few. The band’s energy and stage presence was right on point and just like their music, Live as a band has certainly withstood the test of time.


I had a chance to catch up with both Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey to talk about the continued positive feedback for the band’s latest album release “Turn”, changes in the music industry, the band’s business endeavors in Pennsylvania and more!  Full interview can be viewed below:


Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

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