Rock Fest announces a killer lineup to include some of rock music’s most recognizable names. DISTURBED, INCUBUS and GODSMACK are slated to headline the 25th annual rock music festival in Cadott, Wis., July 12-14, again hosted by Lou Brutus. True to Rock Fest’s immense success, 65+ bands will pack non-stop performances throughout the three-day festival. Other top bands include Rise Against, Halestorm, Seether, Black Label Society and Bush, with more to come.
DISTURBED will be making their debut appearance at Rock Fest in July 2018. Disturbed have made good on every promise since their genesis. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut, The Sickness, formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders. Throughout their career, they received a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance” for “Inside the Fire” in 2009 and churned out nine No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio, while selling over 12 million records globally. Immortalized (2015) lived up to its title and fortified their legacy further.
Following a tradition of outside-the-box covers, Disturbed tackled Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “The Sound of Silence” for Immortalized (2015). Rather than amplifying it, they went the other direction, tapping into vocalist David Draiman’s classical training and guitarist Dan Donegan’s knack for arrangement. With an orchestral expanse, acoustic leads, and chilling delivery, it’s unlike anything in the group’s catalog.
INCUBUS will be performing at Rock Fest for their first time. Since their formation in 1991, iconic multiplatinum Los Angeles rock band Incubus have consciously and continually shifted their perspective with each subsequent album, preserving the spirit that initially drove them and simultaneously challenging themselves as artists and human beings. Their eighth full-length, the aptly titled 8, arrives at a significant milestone for Incubus—releasing exactly 20 years since their major label debut S.C.I.E.N.C.E. landed back in 1997. A little older, a lot wiser, quite tighter, but equally ready to challenge themselves and rock music at large, Incubus change their perspective once more in 2017.
By 2017, the band’s sales exceeded 23 million worldwide, while landing four Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 and one #1 album. They’ve graced the stages of festivals everywhere from Lollapalooza and Air + Style to Download Festival and Pinkpop in addition to touring with Linkin Park, OutKast, Moby, Jane’s Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age and many more.
GODSMACK returns to Rock Fest after headlining in 2015. The band’s strong live performances, coupled with high record sales and growing number of fans, landed them time slots on Ozzfest 1999 and 2000, a European tour with Black Sabbath and an appearance at Woodstock 1999. In 2000, Godsmack released their second CD, Awake. This album’s title track dominated rock radio and broke chart records throughout 2000 and 2001. The CD’s instrumental track “Vampires” earned the band its first Grammy nomination. Godsmack toured Awake selling out arenas and outdoor venues nationwide with a gothic stage, video and pyro; lots of pyro!
The song Godsmack wrote [for motion picture The Scorpion King] and performed lived up to its title: “I Stand Alone” became the #1 single at Rock Radio and the most played Active Rock song in 2002 for 14 weeks straight. The band released Godsmack IV in 2006 and their album, The Oracle, hit the streets in 2010. 1000hp (2014) sets Godsmack to cruise even further. Drummer Shannon Larkin said, “We wanted to make a high energy record. The coolest feeling I’ve had in this band is making 1000hp.” Godsmack published on their website that new music is in the works for 2018.
2018 Debut Performers: The three-day festival includes a lengthy list of bands new to Rock Fest, including: Disturbed, Incubus, Black Label Society, Bush, Underoath, Gwar, Beartooth, Skid Row, Trivium, Red, Fozzy, Powerman 5000, Autograph, Attila, Otep, Through Fire, Ded, Soil, Deadset Society and Blacktop Mojo. Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister, and Ace Frehley, lead guitarist and co-founder of KISS, will also perform solo shows. Neither artist has performed Rock Fest without their bands—Twisted Sister in 2003 and 2004, and KISS in 2007 and 2013.
Three-day ticket holders are invited to an exclusive Bonus Bash on Wednesday, July 11 that will feature some of the biggest names coming to the festival. Gates will open to all other fans Thursday, July 12. Rock Fest is set on 320 acres in central Wisconsin, and fans are able to camp on-site in one of nearly 7,000 campsites surrounding the concert grounds. Guests staying in nearby hotels can purchase shuttle rides to the Fest grounds via the Rock Fest website. With major airports and hotels nearby, as well as the shuttle service, there are options for every fan
Rock Fest is an RFID festival, offering attendees the convenience of a cashless festival experience. Fans can utilize the Rock Fest mobile app, set for release in late February, to see details about the lineup, artists, festival experiences, official Rock Fest Spotify playlists, convenient wristband registration, Rock Fest social media and so much more.
Presale three-day General Admission tickets sold out in less than two hours for the 2018 festival. Rock Fest tickets, camping and pit passes are on sale now at http://bit.ly/RockFest2018.
About Rock Fest: Celebrating its 25th year, Rock Fest is the top venue for people of all ages to join with rock fans from across the world in a place where rock music still matters. Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Shinedown, Korn and many, many more rock legends have graced the permanent main stage at an event spanning two-and-a-half decades. See past lineups here.