For its 5th year, Louder Than Life finds a new venue at the Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville, Kentucky with what promises to be one of their most impressive lineups yet. Headlined by Slipknot, Guns N Roses, and Disturbed, and supported by over 50 other acts including Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Godsmack this years fest ensures itself be one for the books. It’s not all metal though as the weekend also promises to cover other bases with acts such as Ice Cube, Jelly Roll and The Crystal Method
Slipknot will be supporting their third number one album, the critically acclaimed We Are Not Your Kind.
Earlier in the day, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes will tear it up as they begin their latest tour. The ex-Gallows frontman has seen his group’s fan base get bigger and bigger and the End of Suffering tour will take the band throughout North America, Europe and into Australia.
Fan favorites Architects are also scheduled to play the same day. The U.K. band are due to drop their latest album Holy Hell on November 9th and judging by sneak peak single “Hereafter”, it promises to be a winner.
Friday will also bring the return of fan favorites Staind to the live stage with their first performance for five years. The festival’s producer Danny Wimmer has this to say, “We wouldn’t be living up to the name Louder Than Life if we didn’t come back bigger and badder than ever, giving fans something they can’t see anywhere else,” says festival producer Danny Wimmer. “Getting Staind back together and plugged in on the main stage is something that I’ve been working on for years. These are songs that need to be heard, that fans have been dying to hear — Staind has been one of the most requested bands on our socials, and it’s an honor to be bringing their music back for the fans at Louder Than Life.”
Day 2 looks to be another packed day of variety with newer acts such as Badflower and Kentucky’s own Knocked Loose sharing the stage with established classics including the reformed Redd Kross as well as their recent tour mates Melvins.
Throw in some classic thrash from Suicidal Tendencies, hard rock from Pennsylvanians Halestorm who are fresh off the road opening for Alice Cooper, and rap legend Ice Cube, and you really do have something for everyone.
Day 2 also promises an almighty climax as the rock n roll machine that is Gun N Roses will bring Saturday to an epic close.
It’s going to be Axl and his crew’s first show of 2019 so it’s sure to be an exciting end to Saturday night.
Louder Than Life’s final day takes no prisoners with headliners Disturbed whose Immortalized tour is pulling in huge numbers worldwide. Supported by a double whammy of horror show theatrics in the shape of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
Also set to the hit the stages on Sunday are Amigo the Devil whose ironically titled album Everything is Fine landed last year to much applause – think Southern gothic murder folk! While In this Moment promises to bring it with their always spectacular live show. Whatever you do, don’t miss the good time rock n roll of White Reaper who will play earlier in the day, their new album You Deserve Love is set to show up in mid October and expectations are high for it. They always put on a great show and channeling Cheap Trick in the sunshine is never a bad thing in my book!
As well as all the great music, Louder Than Life will feature plenty of good food and libations throughout the weekend.
There will be a plethora of craft beers, spirits and bourbons to suit all tastes. The festival’s centerpiece, Kroger’s Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier Journal, will feature more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries, and a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails from 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rebel Yell, StoneHammer, Wild Turkey and more to be announced.
Don’t worry if you have hunger pangs, there will be plenty of food trucks on hand to satisfy the most discerning of palates.
There will be food trucks galore with Boss Hog BBQ, Couvillion, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Eli’s BBQ, Heine Brothers Coffee, Hull And Highwater, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Martin’s BBQ, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, River Road BBQ, Sarino, Seviche, and more.
For more information on this years Louder Than Life festival including ticket info visit louderthanlifefestival.com.