Interview with HE IS LEGEND at Louder Than Life 2017

Rei Haycraft chatted with HE IS LEGEND before their set at Louder Than Life about new music, fan reception, growing up and starting a band in North Carolina, and other hijinx.

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Interview with OF MICE & MEN at Louder Than Life 2017

Rei Haycraft spoke with OF MICE & MEN drummer Valentino Arteaga this year’s Louder Than Life festival about the band’s forthcoming album which will be OF MICE & MEN‘s first full-length release without vocalist Austin Carlile, who left the group due to his ongoing battle with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. After Carlile’s departure, bassist Aaron Pauley stepped in on vocals.

“We’re always looking for that challenge,” Arteaga said of the band. “This one’s our fifth one, and we’re really excited. We’re so proud of it. We think it’s gonna show a good amount of growth.”

“There has been a lot of change, but, for us, like anybody, you’ve gotta roll with the punches and you’ve gotta create your own destiny, you’ve gotta do this. And so for us, we really wanted to channel that into our music and create the next chapter of OF MICE & MEN, to truly show what we’re about and what OF MICE & MEN is about — all the way back to referencing stuff from our first albums.

“Everything about OF MICE & MEN is a collective with everyone that we’ve ever encountered at our shows and everything, and everyone’s so important to us, and we try to really channel that into the music.”

According to ArteagaOF MICE & MEN recently shot a video for one of the tracks from the forthcoming album, and “it came out really, really awesome,” he said.

Valentino also talked about the OF MICE & MEN songwriting process, saying: “We write whenever. If an idea hits, with technology these days, we’re all pretty well faceted with our iPhones, with our Macbooks, with our instruments. There’s V-Drums, there’s little guitars that we have on the bus that we can plug into the computers and they sound like huge guitars.

“This is our life, so whether we’re on tour or we’re at home, it’s so difficult to try and get yourself into, ‘Okay, now I’m gonna sit down and do my homework,'” he explained. “It’s not like that. We try and do it as we go. And we wrote almost half our album on tour this last summer. Inspiration strikes whenever.”

OF MICE is always writing. We’ve already kind of started some new stuff. We just write and then we kind of put an album together with the best songs that we feel [we’ve come up with]. We had over forty [song ideas] for this album; there were so many. So it’s all a process. And we try and be so in tune with each other that we all know, ‘Yeah, we all love this one. Yeah, we all love this one.’ And then putting together the album becomes a little bit easier in that sense.”

An OF MICE & MEN documentary called “Unbreakable” will be released on Friday, October 13. The short film, which was directed by Johann Ramos, follows the band across multiple continents on their tour earlier this year.

Arteaga said: “That documents our summer playing festivals and going and playing small club shows overseas and just really reconnecting with our fans. For us, that’s so important, and our love for our fans and just music — not even just fans. Those are people that support us and support our vision and our dreams, not to mention music lovers.”

OF MICE & MEN in May surprise-released its second new song, “Back To Me”. Like “Unbreakable”, the new track was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (IN FLAMESALL THAT REMAINS), mixed by Grammy winner Chris Lord-Alge (DEFTONESMUSE) and mastered by Chris Athens (DRAKEOZZY OSBOURNE).

Interview with NEW YEARS DAY at Louder Than Life 2017

 

Rei Haycraft got a chance to catch up with New Years Day after their set at Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY about their time headlining Warped Tour, collaborations with other artists, their upcoming “Covers EP,” recording their upcoming album, and what’s left on their band bucket list!

For more information about New Years Day, including tour dates, upcoming releases, and more, visit them at facebook.com/nydrock

Interview with DED at Louder Than Life 2017

 

Rei Haycraft got a chance to catch up with rising nu-metal act, Ded, after their set at Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY about their new album, Mis•An•Thrope, fan reactions, touring with their heroes, and how to best deal with internet trolls!

Rei: Rei Haycraft here with Fuel the Scene Magazine. Here with Ded at Louder Than Life…
David: What up?
Joe: How you doin’?
David: Hi.
Joe: Yes.
Rei: You all got off stage just a little while ago and it was killer. Last time we caught up with you guys was at Carolina Rebellion and that was the beginning of an insane summer and fall for you all. Can you give us the recap for everyone who caught our interview at Carolina Rebellion and wanna see what you’ve been up to?
David: We were out with Korn for a month. Korn, Stone Sour, Skillet, Yelawolf. We did a bunch of festivals. I can’t remember the names. I’m sure you got ’em. You’re better with names.
Joe: We did Rock on the Range. We did PointFest with the Breaking Benjamin guys and we did … What else did we do, man?
Kyle: Chicago Open Air.
David: High Elevation.
Joe: Sonic Boom tomorrow.
Rei: So you pretty much did everything.
David: We’re trying to.
Joe: Yeah. By the end of the year we’re gonna do Knotfest.
David: That’s the plan.
Rei: You got Shiprocked.
Joe: We’re doing Rock Allegiance, Shiprocked coming up.
David: I’ve never been on a cruise before, so we’ll see. Maybe I’ll throw up during the set. Who knows?
Rei: That’ll just be an intimate moment with the fans.
David: We got plenty of time to do it.
Rei: At Rebellion, we were gearing up for you all to release Misanthrope and then, in July, it dropped to great acclaim, I would say.
David: Thank you.
Joe: Yes. Yeah. It was cool.
Rei: That’s probably the most highly anticipated album in our circles, for sure. We got to review it and it’s still in rotation.
David: How was your review? Was the album okay?
Rei: It was absolutely fantastic. There is not a single track on there that we don’t listen to and love— there are no skippable tracks.
Joe: We tried really hard to make it that way. Thank you. That’s awesome.
Rei: How has the reception been for you all? How have you been reacting to the fans reacting to the album?
David: It’s an incredible feeling to see people loving it the way they do. I don’t think we’ve ever … any of us have ever put out a CD in any band we’ve ever been in that received this much praise. It’s crazy.
Joe: Absolutely. Yeah. I haven’t seen a bad review, I don’t think. There’s usually … maybe some mixed reviews.
David: We look for them!
Joe: Yeah. We looked … We tried because we’re hard on ourselves. We’re like, where’s the guy that hates us? We’re not seeing it. I’m sure he’s there, though.
David: Yeah, I’m sure he’s there. I’ve seen him in comments, just never a full review.
Joe: Exactly, yeah.
Kyle: Right, right.
Joe: We love the comments, too.
Kyle: Yeah. The comments are the best. They’re hilarious.
David: If you’re writing a shitty comment, just know that we’re laughing our ass off about it. It’s fun.
Joe: We don’t care if you don’t like us. It’s totally fine.
David: We’ve seen “Anti-Everything, more like Anti-Talented”, which was one of my favorites.
Joe: That’s a good one. Yeah, I saw that.
David: I think that was my favorite so far. It was just clever. Hats off to that guy.
Rei: Yeah. Don’t feed the trolls.
David: No, it’s fine. It’s funny.
Joe: It’s just an opinion. It’s totally … It’s just funny. It’s great.
David: A lot of people just make good jokes, too. If we can’t laugh at ourselves … well, if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re taking yourself too seriously, I guess.
Kyle: Haven’t we been told that online, that we were good at laughing at ourselves?
Joe: Yeah. Yeah, because I’ve commented back to a couple people and they’d be like, “Well, that’s pretty cool that they …” They’ll make fun of us and I’ll be like, “Oh, you know, whatever.” And then they’ll be like …”Oh, that’s cool. You guys are pretty cool, actually.”
Rei: They’re like “Oh, you talked to me.”
Joe: Yeah, yeah. Then they straighten up, yeah.
David: Shitty comments, the most clever ones, I’ll like them from the fan page ’cause they’re funny. They’re good! Whoever’s doin’ it, keep it up whether you like the band or not. It’s awesome.
Kyle: If it’s funny, it’s good.
Joe: It’s all good, man.
David: We share them with each other. If there’s something classic, we say, “You gotta read this thing.”
Joe: We send it into the group text, absolutely.
David: Here’s a screen shot of what I just saw last night.
Rei: I think the fans, and even the people who aren’t fans, appreciate that. That, one, the humor, and two, that you all are that engaged with your fans.
Joe: Yeah.
Rei: That’s something that we continuously hear when we’re seeing reviews and we’re following what you all are doing.
David: Yeah.
Rei: Seeing the way you treat your fans, the live show experience is something that people really respond to, as well as the album. All of the facets are there with you guys. That’s something we’ve been just continually impressed by.
Joe: Yeah. Thank you.
Rei: As far as live, when we caught up with you at Carolina Rebellion, you were playing some of the material for the first couple of times.
Joe: Yeah.
David: Yeah.
Rei: That was the first couple of shows. Now that you’ve had all of these festivals under your belt, what songs are the fans reacting to the best or the most poignant for them live?
Joe: I think Anti-Everything is always there.
David: Yeah.
Joe: I think FMFY, Architect, Disassociate …
David: Yeah.
Kyle: [inaudible 00:04:54]
Joe: … Hate Me, yeah.
David: Hate Me has been getting a lot of stuff, too.
Joe: You saw the set today?
Rei: Hmm?
Joe: You saw the set today?
Rei: [shakes head – affirmative]
Joe: Did you notice a pretty big difference?
Rei: I only got to catch a couple of songs of Rebellion.
Joe: Okay.
Rei: It still was amazing.
David: Yeah.
Joe: It’s growing fast to us, for sure.
David: The crowd interaction, it seems like they jump when we jump, they head bang when we head bang.
Rei: They all know the songs.
Joe: They have the album now.
David: Yeah.
Joe: Yeah.
David: It’s really crazy just to see so many people looking to catch your eye contact and they’re singing the words to you like they wanna … They want you to see them singing the words, which is so rad. That’s the coolest part. As opposed to ..
Rei: [inaudible 00:05:30] finger guns.
Kyle: Exactly.
David: Try to just hit them in the forehead with a guitar pick.
Rei: I would be pretty stoked about that. Oh, I got punched in the face, but it’s fine.
David: Oh.
Joe: [Laughing]
David: During the show?
Rei: Anything.
David: [inaudible 00:05:42]
Joe: I’ve gotten my nose ring ripped out at shows before. It hurts.
Rei: In a pit?
Joe: At an Every Time I Die show, I got kicked in the face and it got hooked and it ripped out.
Rei: Oooh.
Joe: I love Every Time I Die.
David: Crowd surfing once.
Rei: That does happen. That does happen. During all these festivals, I’m sure there’s a lot of memories that stick out as being some really great beacons. What are some things, either funny or memorable things, that have happened this summer?
Joe: Man, I never saw Metallica before. That was very special for me.
Kyle: Ozzy at Chicago Open Air, as well.
Joe: Yeah, watching legends play.
David: Yeah.
Joe: Never seen either of them play. It was really cool. There was a dude in a unicorn floatie at Rock on the Range.
David: That was amazing.
Joe: That was hilarious.
Kyle: [inaudible 00:06:27] He was lovin’ it.
Rei: [Laughing]
David: I got a perfect video of this guy crowd surfing in a unicorn blow-up floatie. It’s probably one of my favorite videos I’ve ever gotten.
Joe: Yeah.
David: It was completely sporadic, too.
Kyle: I think Matt saw somebody crowd surf on top of another person. He was holding his hands and the guy …
David: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Kyle: … had his arms straight up and there’s a guy on top of him like this, just going towards the front.
David: We had a 70-year-old … a 71-year-old woman crowd surf For Dead today.
Joe: Yeah.
David: That’s one of my favorite memories, for sure.
Kyle: And she lived.
David: I’ll never forget that.
Joe: Yeah. The mosh pitting and just the energy, we love that. We love the pitting and the crowd surfing, man. We love it.
Rei: It feels like you all are really in tune with the energy that is coming off of the crowd.
Joe: Yeah.
Rei: It really seems to fuel you. The more hyped they get, you can see you all getting more and more hyped.
Joe: Oh, yeah. I think that’s every band. If you come out and see your favorite band and you let them know that the music makes you feel a certain way, they’re gonna feed off of that and they’re gonna give you more of that energy that you’re looking for. It’s a show. It’s a communal thing, absolutely.
David: Yeah.
Rei: How does that differ than working on music videos? You all just put out Remember the Enemy.
David: Music videos are hard because you’re rocking out for nobody. There’s no applause. You just go super-hard and then just hear the person be like, “Cut.”
Joe: Yeah.
Kyle: Right. Yeah. Cue the playback.
David: Then everybody just jumps in their job. So you have to really be mentally aware that you’re doing a video, but you have to be in the space of … We can all dream what it’s like to be at a show …
Joe: Yeah.
David: …and have a crowd going nuts. You have to have that in your head because, if you just feel like, I just worked my ass off and nobody’s clapping anymore…
Rei: Pat myself on my back.
David: You’re gonna feel like shit after a minute, when you just really go, all right. Cool. I know what I’m doing. I’ve done this before … I think the first music video I ever did was probably one of the most awkward experiences, ’cause you have to go so hard and the director’s there and everybody just tells you, “Let’s hit it again.” They’re just sitting there holding something. You’re like, feeling your back and your neck and stuff.
Joe: Yeah.
Rei: Was it good?
David: Yeah.
Joe: Should I do more?
Kyle: [inaudible 00:08:29]
David: Yeah, yeah.
Kyle: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s great.
David: Yeah. And you ask them, “What should I do? Do you have any notes?” And they’re like, “No, man. It’s great.”
Joe: Yeah. Keep doin’ that.
David: The camera wasn’t even pointed towards me.
Joe: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
David: I don’t think he even saw anything I did.
Joe: We all ask each other, How’d you do?
David: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Joe: I think I did okay.
David: Yeah.
Joe: I have no idea.
David: I think the show is … you see the immediate response. In the video, you have to wait for the playback for the response to be all right. That does look good. This doesn’t look good.
Joe: Like we did our videos with Fred Durst.
David: Yeah.
Joe: He’s pretty good at saying, “Yo, that was sick. Do more of that.”
David: Yeah.
Joe: He’s pretty good at coaching you, honestly. Yeah.
David: He’s really good at placement, too.
Joe: Yeah.
David: On stage, you’re running around all over the place. In a video, you have to find your mark and make sure … ‘Cause we also wanna make sure that everybody’s filmed equally, especially a lot of our videos. You wanna see all four of the people. You don’t want so-and-so blocking this and whatever the other stuff. You have to be aware, but also lose your mind in the moment, too, so that’s a little weird.
Rei: How was the whole being in a cage thing?
David: That’s on him. He broke his toe.
Joe: I smashed my toe. I think it’s broken, but you’re just supposed to live with it, I hear.
Rei: Yeah. You can’t really do anything.
Joe: It hurts terribly.
Rei: Still?
Joe: It’s two months later, yes.
Rei: Oh, no.
David: He told Fred, “I think I broke my toe.” And Fred said, “How many times do you think you can do this again, then?”
Joe: Yeah.
David: Instead of being, “All right. Cool. We got what we needed.”
Joe: He’s like a football coach. He’s like, “All right. Cool.”
David: Oh, that’s cool.
Rei: Walk it off. Walk it off.
Joe: Crawl back in that space.
David: How much more do you think you have in you, then?
Joe: How metal are you? Yeah.
David: Your other toe’s not broken, lead with that one.
Joe: Yeah, yeah.
Rei: Just lean this way.
Joe: Yeah.
David: Yeah.
Joe: It turned out sick, so I’ll live with it until it goes away.
Rei: Do you all have any more music videos in the works? I know you’ve got a lot of shows and tours coming up.
David: Plans for two more.
Joe: Yeah. Remember the Enemy is the new single, though, either way. We saw that it’s 24 on Billboard right now.
David: Yeah, yeah.
Joe: It’s right next to the Foo Fighters.
David: Absolutely. We’re not rushing to a new single, though.
Joe: Yeah. We’re stoked. Remember the Enemy’s an awesome song and we’re stoked that it’s out there.
David: Response from the video has been amazing.
Joe: Yeah.
Rei: Oh, it’s fantastic. It’s a nice change from Anti-Everything, which was also awesome, but it was more mysterious.
David: Yeah, we did that on purpose. One of them was very clear and then one of them wasn’t. The next one will be something else, too.
Rei: Secrets.
Joe: Yeah.
Rei: We need more secrets.
Joe: Always trying to mix it up, yep.
Rei: You all are also nominated for a kick-ass award. Want to tell us a little bit about that?
Kyle: Best new artist, yeah. Livewire.
Joe: We’ll be at … We’re playing the kickoff show with Beartooth, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Avatar. Then we’re gonna be at the awards show in LA. It’s really cool. That’s a website I’ve been going to for years to get my news. I go to that and a slew of others, but that’s one of the main ones I go to.
Rei: Speaking of bucket list items, you all have crossed dozens of them off just in the last couple of months.The people that you’re touring with, the shows you’re playing, the reception you’re getting. What’s next on your bucket list?
Joe: I guess just more cool tours, just playing with more bands. Really, seeing … Today, seeing the way the crowd was and the growth from the first festival we played and in some of the shows, to the way that it was today, like having three simultaneous mosh pits. That made me smile real quick. I was stoked on that.
David: My bucket list would just be even bigger mosh pits. I always want a bigger one.
Joe: More mosh pits.
Kyle: I’m waiting for our first circle pit.
David: Oh. We had one!
Joe: I got two simultaneous circle pits going.
David: I think everything’s a bucket list, honestly. Europe’s a bucket list. International’s a bucket list. Everywhere you go, there’s always something new to … Oh, what if we did that, though. I’ve seen that band do this. You want to do it all. I think even just playing all of these summer festivals was a bucket list. We used to watch all these … just the flyers and bands that never play these. Now even just to be here, and then not just do one or two, to be like we’re doing every single one. Yeah.
Joe: Gojira’s playing right now.
David: I feel like we’ve been on tour with Gojira, which is the best feeling in the world.
Joe: We love them so much.
David: Yeah.
Kyle: I want to go on tour with Gojira, though, for sure.
Rei: We have one fan question from the website.
Joe: Sure.
Rei: For you, do you have any kind of pre-show ritual for your vocals like tea or vocal rest?
Joe: Oh, yeah. I do some brief scales, I guess, real quick. I do a little bit of jogging, some stretching. We do Insanity sometimes, just some of the stretches from Insanity. Sometimes a couple drinks just to get warmed up. That’s about it. Nothing crazy.
Rei: I think they want to know your vocal secrets.
Joe: My vocal secret is years of training my vocals and practicing a lot. That’s what my secret is.
David: As a person who records him singing a lot, he doesn’t need a lot of warm-ups. It’s crazy. I’ll wake him up at 10 in the morning and be like, “Come in the studio, we gotta sing something today.” He’ll be there at 10:30 and it sounds awesome. Whatever he does, I like it.
Rei: Is there anything else that you want fans to know, other than all the great stuff we’ve covered already?
Joe: Just to stay in touch with us. We try to watch all of our social media. It’s D-e-d, Ded Official on Facebook, Ded Official on Instagram. We are Ded on Twitter.
David: Yeah. Just reach out. Talk to us. Say whatever you’re thinking.
Joe: Yeah. Let us know if you wanna to come to your place or your state or wherever you are. Thank you guys for reacting the way you have been.
David: It’s been crazy. The reception of everyone is insane.
Kyle: Yeah. Seriously, just catch us online, hit us up, tell us where you want us to be and we’ll be there.
Matt: Hi.
All: [Laughter]
Joe: I was looking for the shitty one, yeah.
David: “I wasn’t expecting this!”
Joe: That’s an inside joke. Anyway, go on. All right.
Rei: I feel blessed to be on the inside.
David: Thank you for having us back, by the way.
Rei: Yes. Absolutely. No. Whenever I see you all on something, I’m gonna try to catch up to be there.
David: Yeah.
Kyle: Thank you.
Joe: Thank you.
David: If not, I’m gonna start photo bombing all of your interviews until we get back on.
Rei: I think you can do that anyway, I won’t mind.
David: All right. We’ll do that.
Rei: Thank you so much for taking time with us.
Joe: Thank you.
David: Thank you.
Rei: Have a great rest of your festival.
Joe: Thank you.

 

Read our review of Ded’s debut album, Mis•an•thrope, here.

Louder Than Life 2017 Lineup Revealed!

Ozzy Osbourne featuring Zakk WyldeProphets of RageFive Finger Death PunchRob Zombie and Incubus top the bill for the fourth annual Louder Than Life destination festival, Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 at Champions Park in Louisville, KY.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 2 at Noon ET at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com.

Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne — recently reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde for the first time in over a decade — leads a Saturday bill that includes Five Finger Death PunchRob ZombieMastodon, and many more. Prophets of Rage — bringing together the sonic firepower of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, with members Tom MorelloTim CommerfordBrad WilkChuck DB-Real, and DJ Lord — closes Louder Than Life on Sunday, joined by IncubusRise AgainstStone Sour and more.

Produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, America’s premier production company for rock music festivals, Louisville’s Louder Than Life features a selection of award-winning bourbonswhiskeyspiritscraft beer, the best food Louisville has to offer, along with a powerful music lineup of rock legends and breaking talent performing on three stages. The festival celebrates the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city.

The full 2017 Louder Than Life music lineup also features: HalestormGojiraThe Pretty RecklessIn This MomentEagles of Death MetalThriceHollywood UndeadOf Mice & MenSteel PantherFalling In ReverseSleeping With SirensNothing MoreBeartoothStarsetWe Came As RomansLacuna CoilMiss May IRadkeyBleekerWhile She SleepsGreta Van FleetFire From The Gods’68BadflowerHe Is LegendBlack MapDEDThrough FirePalisades, and BITERS.

Louder Than Life 2017 flyer with band lineup and venue details

Prophets of Rage are psyched to bring a brass knuckle Marshall Stack beatdown to the Louder Than Life festival. We are gonna unleash the RAGE, BRING THE NOIZE and TAKE THE POWER BACK so come on down and get some,” said Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage.

Rob Zombie said, “The Zombie and his horde are ready to throw down and get weird at Louder Than LifeZombie and Ozzy together again! Dig it! See you in Louisville!”

“It’s been way too long since we’ve played Louisville, and we’re stoked to be coming back in a big way to join friends Prophets of RageThriceand the rest of the amazing lineup at Louder Than Life,” said Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.

Mike Einziger of Incubus commented, “We’re excited to be returning to Louisville and playing the Louder Than Life festival on October 1st with our friends, Prophets of Rage and all the other great bands on this amazing lineup. It’s going to be a great show and we can’t wait to see everyone!”

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents added, “I’m excited to have Prophets of Rage close out the festival. After seeing them in a small setting in LA, I couldn’t wait to get them added to our festivals this fall. Tom, Tim, and Brad from Rage Against The Machine, along with Chuck D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill, playing the hits that made Rage one of the most iconic bands in history is a special thing to see. Adding that along with Ozzy OsbourneIncubusRob ZombieFive Finger Death PunchRise AgainstStone Sour…how could you miss this lineup? And after an incredible run with Gojira this spring I can’t wait for them to come to Louder Than Life as well. I’m beyond excited for this year’s festival. It’s a can’t miss experience.”

Single day and weekend tickets for Louder Than Life will be available at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com starting on Friday, June 2 at Noon EDT. Tickets and VIP packages start at the following prices. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.

  • Weekend General Admission: $99.50
  • Weekend VIP: $259.50
  • Single Day GA: $69.50
  • Single Day VIP: $144.50

A limited number of GA ticket 4-packs and Zippo VIP 2-packs, as well as camping packages, will also be available starting June 2. Discounted online hotel rates will be available through Curadora. Visit www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com for details.

General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Louder Than Life partner GovX (www.govx.com).

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into venue; VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food options; VIP-only viewing area of Main Stage featuring grandstand bleachers; private, upgraded restroom facilities; and VIP-only commemorative laminate.

All Louder Than Life camping passes include campsite space for 3 nights as well as access to campground bathrooms, showers, food and beverage concession stands, and a general store. Campers also have in and out privileges between the campground and festival grounds throughout the event. Car (tent) camping passes are $99.00 and RV camping passes are $175.00.

Also, Louder Than Life is presenting an official aftershow event with Pierce The Veil on September 30 at Mercury Ballroom (611 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY 40202). Head to www.mercuryballroom.com or www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com for more information. Tickets to the aftershow event will be available for purchase starting Friday, June 2 at Noon ET. This is a separate event; a Louder Than Life ticket does not grant entry into this official LTL aftershow event.

Here are the preliminary lists of Louder Than Life bourbon, craft beer, spirits and food partners:

  • Bourbon World presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal:

    Featuring the world’s TOP bourbons including Angel’s Envy, Basil Hayden’s, Benchmark, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, Eagle Rare, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Old Forester, Larceny, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and more!

  • Whiskey & Other Beverages:

    El Jimador Tequila, Jack Daniel’s, Monster Energy, Miller Lite, Southern Comfort

  • Craft Beer (Regional) & Artist Inspired Beverages:

    Alltech Lexington, Falls City Beer, Goodwood Brewing Company, Motörhead Shiraz, New Albanian Brewing Company, TROOPER Beer, West Sixth, Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards

  • Food Village:

    Boss Hog BBQ, Cellar Door Chocolates, Doc Crow’s, Gelato Gilberto, Gospel Bird, Hebros Kitchen, Hi-Five Doughnuts, Island Noodles, Joelle’s Hot Chicken, Mike’s Kentucky Kitchen, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Momma’s BBQ, Pie Baby, Sacrilicious, The Big Cheesy, Tumbleweed (serving Jack Daniel’s inspired food items), Up In Smoke BBQ, and many more

  • Louder Than Life will also feature interactive music, food and beverage experiences including: • Artist autograph signings and beverage sampling at the Monster Energy Hospitality Rig • Jack Daniel’s Experience • Zippo Encore Music Experience • FYE Fan Experience • Bourbon World presented by the Louisville Courier-Journal • The Music Experience • It’s Miller Time VIP Lounge and Sports Bar • Heavy Tiki • The Big Easy Boil • Rock & Roll BBQ • Love & Fire (open flame cooking) • Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer • and more to be announced in the coming months.

Louder Than Life is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion, Houston Open Air, and more.

Sponsors for Louder Than Life include Monster Energy, USMC, Fxck Cancer, FYE with Roadrunner Records, Razor & Tie, Century Media and Another Century, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador, and Zippo, with more to be announced.

Louder Than Life 2017: Save The Date!

Save the date and ready your appetite: after three successful years, LOUDER THAN LIFE returns to Champions Park in Louisville, KY on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, 2017 for its 4th year of rock ‘n’ roll, Gourmet Man Food, local craft beer, onsite experiences, and the mind-blowing Bourbon World. Look for more details to be announced in May.

Produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, America’s premier production company for rock music festivals, Louisville’s LOUDER THAN LIFE features a selection of award-winning bourbons, whiskey, spirits, craft beer, and Gourmet Man Food curated personally by festival creator Danny Wimmer, along with a powerful music lineup of rock legends and breaking talent. The festival celebrates the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city. In 2016, LOUDER THAN LIFE topped 50,000 in attendance for the second year in a row, with Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold headlining together for the first time ever.

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