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Chicago Open Air 2019: System of a Down, Tool, Ghost, and The Prodigy highlight lineup

Meshuggah, Gojira, Beartooth, In This Moment, Code Orange, and more are also on the bill



System of a Down and Tool

System of a Down, photo by Raymond Ahner / Tool, photo by Ben Kaye

After taking a one-year hiatus in 2018, Chicago Open Air will return in 2019 as a two-day festival headlined by System of a Down and Tool. The event will take place May 18th-19th at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Unlike promoter Danny Wimmer Presents’ other recently announced May festivals — Sonic TempleWelcome to Rockville, and Epicenter — which include dozens of acts each, Chicago Open Air will feature a much more streamlined lineup, with seven bands playing each day.

Day 1 (May 18th) is headlined by System of a Down and also boasts sets by Ghost, Meshuggah, Beartooth, Code Orange, Knocked Loose, and Vein.

The Day 2 (May 19th) bill is topped by Tool, with The Prodigy, Gojira, In This Moment, Fever 333, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Alien Weaponry also on board.

Tickets for two-day general admission field start at $249.50, with two-day general admission bowl (stadium seating) admission starting at $179.50. Single day tickets will be available for $99.50 for bowl and $149.50 for field. Visit for all ticket and VIP packages, which go on sale Friday (December 14th) at noon CT.

Keep in mind that Chicago Open Air and Columbus, Ohio’s Sonic Temple fest take place the same weekend, although the latter is a three-day event that has a Friday lineup, as well.

Chicago Open Air 2019 poster


First-Ever Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival Welcomes Foo Fighters, System Of A Down, Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, Ghost, The Prodigy & Many More One-Of-A-Kind Destination Event To Feature Top Music Artists, Art Installations, Comedy Performances & More Incredible Onsite Experiences.

May 17, 18 & 19, 2019 At MAPFRE Stadium In Columbus, Ohio – Tickets On Sale Friday, November 30 At Noon ET

Premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the highly anticipated music and comedy lineup for their new destination event, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, which debuts at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Multiplatinum artists Foo Fighters, System Of A Down and Disturbed lead the spectacular and diverse music lineup for Sonic Temple, which will also feature performances from Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, Ghost, Halestorm, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, The Cult, and many other chart-topping and up-and-coming music artists. SiriusXM’s Comedy & Spoken Word Tent will include comedy from Andrew Dice Clay, Pauly Shore, and others, as well as a spoken word set from Henry Rollins. The festival will feature three music stages, premium food and beverage selections, art installations, and enhanced onsite experiences.

General Admission, VIP and Premium VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival go on sale Friday, November 30 at Noon ET.

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian says, “Although in its inaugural year, Sonic Temple’s pedigree is proven, and its roots are strong; it made total sense for us to be involved. One could argue that it was a long time coming. We’ll see you all in Columbus this May.”

David Draiman of Disturbed says, “We are honored to share the stage with all of our amazingly talented friends and colleagues at the upcoming Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Are You Ready?!?!”

The current music lineup for Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival is as follows (subject to change): Foo Fighters, System Of A Down, Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, Ghost, Halestorm, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, The Cult, In This Moment, The Hives, Gojira, The Distillers, Meshuggah, Action Bronson, The Struts, Refused, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Black Label Society, Beartooth, Scars On Broadway, Architects, Tom Morello, Avatar, Pussy Riot, Bad Wolves, Fever 333, Mark Lanegan Band, Badflower, The Glorious Sons, Issues, Yungblud, H09909, Black Pistol Fire, Scarlxrd, Zeal & Ardor, Basement, The Black Dahlia Murder, Don Broco, Wage War, Hands Like Houses, While She Sleeps, Palaye Royale, Movements, Amigo The Devil, The Plot In You, Boston Manor, COUNTERFEIT., Demob Happy, Teenage Wrist, The Pretty Vicious, Black Coffee, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, No1Cares and The Jacks.

The inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival replaces the long-standing Rock On The Range, America’s largest and most acclaimed rock festival, which routinely sold out over its 12-year span.

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents said, “I am so proud of what we accomplished with Rock On The Range, and with the debut of Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, we’re excited to bring our devoted rock fans and the city of Columbus a one-of-a-kind, world-class event that expands on the festival experience. The idea behind Sonic Temple is walking into something bigger than yourself, where YOU belong, or where you were always meant to be. The crowd is unparalleled, and the energy is electrifying, like going to a place of worship. We want this festival to be a temple of rock n’ roll. We want this to be the ultimate rock experience for the true fans who love the genre as much as we do.”

In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage options celebrating local Columbus flavors. Food and beverage options offered on the exterior of the stadium will be provided by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, DWP’s affiliate concessionaire. Selections from the following local and regional restaurants will be available: Bonifacio, Buckeye Donuts, BruBrothers Coffee, Chicago’s Dog House, Cousins Maine Lobster, Ena’s Caribbean Kitchen, Hangry City, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, MoMo Ghar, Pie Baby Wood Fired Pizza, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, Sophie’s Pierogi, Smoked on High BBQ, The Midway Café, and fan favorite Island Noodles.

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Spring Awakening 2018 has unleashed its full schedule for this weekend, complete with set times and tons of the hottest acts in EDM. But, a totally stacked lineup with all this talent doesn’t come without its fair share of conflicts. Let’s jump right in!


Headliners TiëstoZeds DeadDestructoGareth Emery and more are sure to steal the show, but there’s plenty of music to be heard all day long. SAMF kicks off the weekend right with sets from MercerMinnesotaAC SlaterMatoma and more. We’re beyond excited to hear some of Getter‘s new material, but we’ll have to sacrifice some other sets for him. Also, there’s a big cluster “F” when it comes to Alison Wonderland vs. BorgoreTchami vs. Oliver Heldens, and Zeds Dead vs. Destructo. Lots of game time decisions will need to be made.


Better get an early start if you want to catch Chicago natives Porn and ChickenBlack Tiger Sex Machine, LSDream and more. The silent disco looks mighty appealing, too — with upcoming talent like Super Future and IOTA it’s bound to get wild. We’re planning on making our way from 3LAU to NGHTMRE to Flux Pavilion, but ending the night is a little more difficult. Headliners HardwellBig GiganticNicky RomeroSasha & John Digweed & more will all be throwing down at the same time.


There are loads of amazing acts to be seen on Spring Awakening’s final day — deadmau5Dimitri Vegas & Like MikeKaskadeFlux Pavilion b2b Doctor P and much more. Plus, lots of goodies early on in the day, with the most unmissable set for us being JOYRYDE. From there, BaauerSeven LionsFigure, just take your pick. Probably the biggest “upset” of the weekend comes with the Virtual Self time slot being traded out for a Porter Robinson DJ set due to “stage production issues.” But really, that’s nothing to be upset about.

Which sets will you be checking out this weekend?

See the full lineup with set times below and download the SAMF app FREE for iPhone and Android to create your own custom schedule!

Spring Awakening 2018 – Set Times

Spring Awakening 2018 Schedule - SAMF

First Wave Riot Fest 2018 lineup announced

Woman Who Gave Greta Van Fleet Their Name Laughed it Off

The woman whose name was adopted by rising-star rock band Greta Van Fleet said she “laughed it off” when she heard. Gretna Van Fleet, an 87-year-old resident of the band’s hometown of Frankenmuth, Mich., saw them for the first time in five years last week.

“They’ve matured, I’ll say that,” the saxophonist and pianist told Billboard. “It’s not really my kind of music, but people enjoy it and the boys did a good job of presenting it.” Asked about the name she said, “it’s been far more than I expected. I really didn’t have anything to do with naming the band or anything. When they told me they were going to do that I kind of laughed it off. When I found out they really did it I thought, ‘That won’t last long. That’s not a name for a band.’ But they just kept growing and more people ask me about it and I’ve been far more involved than I expected.”

Bassist Sam Kiszka explained that the idea had come from one of the band’s early members, saying that “his grandpa told him that he needed to go cut wood for Gretna Van Fleet. He heard it, thought, ‘That’s an interesting name.’ He brought it to the rest of us and I think it was Josh [Kiszka, frontman] who said, ‘Let’s drop the n out of Gretna,’ so it was Greta Van Fleet, and that rolls off the tongue better. I think it’s an interesting name because it’s different. You don’t really know what kind of music is going to be produced by this group. I really like that aspect of the name.”

They recently confirmed that their debut full-length album would be released this year. “I think there’s some maturity on the album that you can hear, musically,” Sam said. “We were able to take our time and try new arrangements and new writing techniques. I think we’ve become a lot more savvy in the studio as well, so a lot of that will translate to the album. It’s very energetic and aggressive.”

Greta Van Fleet



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Spring Awakening Music Festival 2018 Phase 1 & 2 Line Up

Spring Awakening Festival Phase 1

Spring Awakening Festival Phase 2

Event Details
Addams/ Medill park
1301 W 14th St, Chicago, IL 60608

FRIDAY: Borgore – Steve Aoki – Tiesto – Alison Wonderland – Tchami – Zeds Dead – Getter – Tritional – Matoma – Minnesota – Oliver Heldens – Gareth Emery – Atrak – Markus Schulz – Cosmic Gate – AC Slater – Mercer – Aly & Fila – Ilan Bluestone

SATURDAY: Afrojack – Carnage – Hardwell – Big Gigantic – Flux Pavilion – NGHTMRE – 3LAU – Sam Feldt – Black Tiger Sex Machine – Ganja White Night – Nicky Romero – Sasha & John Digweed – Cash Cash – Deorro – Lee Burridge – Lee Foss – Destructo – Grandtheft – Prok & Fitch – Anthony Attalla

SUNDAY: Dash Berlin – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Kaskade – Deadmau5 – Slushii – Virtual Self – Seven Lions – Slander – Baauer – Joyryde – Doctor P b2b Flux Pavilion – Dubfire – Bro Safari – Bear Grillz – Pete Tong – Josh W!nk – Figure – Bleep Bloop – Will Clarke – Weiss

Vans Warped Tour Unveils Final Cross-Country Lineup, Founder Kevin Lyman: ‘This Is It, Kids’

By: Sarah Pittman

Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, The Used, Less Than Jake, Black Veil Brides, Every Time I Die, and Reel Big Fish are just a small sample of the bands helping Vans Warped Tour go out in style with its final full cross-country tour.
Following two gigs in Japan in late March and early April, Warped’s final major road trip is scheduled June 21 through Aug. 5. The fun begins at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
The lineup was announced Thursday afternoon, followed by a press conference and BBQ at the Vans Global Headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Pollstar chatted with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman earlier this week about putting together the final cross country lineup.
“It’s a lot of bands that maybe have played before and bands that I think could use maybe another boost from the Warped exposure,” Lyman said. “Basically it’s a lot of bands who have been a part of Warped tour in the past, people that I like to tour with and I’m looking forward to spending time with.
“I think it’s a lineup that’s going to appeal to people who have been to Warped Tour before. Maybe want to come back and have a great last time out there, some fond memories of Warped Tour. As well as, I think we have enough young bands that we’ll get a lot of first-time attendees that will want to come and see it.
“I think the interest in Warped Tour almost is kind of one of those things where people started taking it for granted in many ways: ‘Oh, Warped Tour’s going to be here this year. Oh, I’ll go next year.’ This is it, kids. Like I said [Monday] in the video, this is it, kids. This is the last time we’re driving around the country for two months.” 

 Vans Warped Tour 2016Suzi Pratt/WireImageVans Warped Tour 2016Fans attend the Vans Warped Tour at White River Amphitheatre on August 12, 2016 in Auburn, Wash.
Lyman noted that he’s been getting emails from a lot of parents who came to Warped Tour in the ’90s who want to bring their kids to experience the festival.
“They say, ‘You know what?  Warped Tour changed my life in the way that I look at nonprofits, in the way that my mind opened to music.’ So I’m getting a lot of positive [feedback], a lot of notes from people like that.
He added that he’s also been getting calls from crew members who want to work a couple of days of the trek.
“They may be doing other tours but they just want to be a part of it, which makes you feel that you did do something, even though you sometimes dwell on the trolls online who can troll the narrative, but it really did mean something to a lot of people all these years.”
Of course, a number of bands have reached out to Lyman to play the final tour. He added that the lineup seen in the poster above doesn’t include “a bunch of bands that we’re holding back.  Because we’re going to want some real surprises. We’re going to want people to come in and just have a [reaction of], ‘Oh, crap?! They’re on that show?’”
With philanthropy and nonprofits having been such a big part of Warped Tour over the years, it should be no surprise that Lyman was especially excited about a new initiative that’s being launched during the trek to combat opioid addiction. Fans will be encouraged to download the FEND (Full Energy No Drugs) app, which will use gamification to provide education about opioids, with the incentive of qualifying to win tickets to Warped Tour or a special acoustic set from some of the artists.

“The only thing that I’m really trying to figure out is how to continue the mission of philanthropy and education that Warped has always been about, beyond the music,” Lyman said. “The music will figure itself out. It’s how do I help those people continue what they’ve been able to build in those parking lots? So that’s kind of really what my focus has been on over the last couple of months. How we’re going to continue that mission.”

Collector tickets, as well as general admission tickets for select shows, are on sale now. GA tickets for most dates go on sale March 8.
Check back next week for the full interview with Lyman.

Warped Tour Line Up Appearing in Tinley Park


Sleeping With Sirens announce North American headlining tour with Set It Off, The Gospel Youth

By Maggie Dickman

Sleeping With Sirens have announced that they’ll be celebrating the release of Gossip with new North American tour dates to kick 2018 off right.

Read more: Hear Sleeping With Sirens’ festive holiday song, “Christmas On The Road”

The tour starts January 22 in Philadelphia, and the 18-date run will wrap up February 16 in Indianapolis. Plus, Set It Off and the Gospel Youth have been announced as support, meaning it’s going to be a serious party.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time. Check out the full list of cities and dates below!


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Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry – Philadelphia
Jan. 23 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Jan. 25 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Jan. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Jan. 27 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
Jan. 29 – Columbus, OH @ Newport
Jan. 30 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Jan. 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
Feb. 1 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings
Feb. 3 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Feb. 4 – Calgary, AB @ The Palace
Feb. 6 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Feb. 7 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Feb. 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
Feb. 11 – Park City, UT @ Team USA WinterFest°
Feb. 13 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon St
Feb. 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
Feb. 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre

Sleeping With Sirens’ fifth album, Gossip, just came out in September. Vocalist Kellin Quinn spoke to AP about the record’s themes of finding hope among trying times: “I think [it’s about] being lost and then finding hope,” Quinn says.

“It’s a dark record. It sounds dark, but there’s a hopefulness in everything. That’s always something I’ve tried to do as a vocalist. When I write about a sad topic, I always want there to be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

And though they’re likely not going to be bringing their holiday tunes with them on tour in January, you can listen to their festive holiday song “Christmas On The Road” here.


Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria announce massive co-headlining tour

By Maggie Dickman

Yep, you read that right: Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria are co-headlining a massive 2018 tour, and we’re already counting down the days until it kicks off.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

Read more: Asking Alexandria unleash first new song since Danny Worsnop’s return—listen

The tour kicks off January 10 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT, rolling through major markets coast to coast, and concluding in Las Vegas, NV at House of Blues on March 2.

Crown The Empire have been announced as support for the full tour—and we couldn’t be more stoked.

Both Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides have albums set to be released in the coming year, meaning we have both a tour and new music to look forward to.

“The Black Veil Brides record will come out at the top end of 2018,” Biersack explains. “The reason for the delay was that—first of all—we took 15 months to make the record, we really wanted everything to be as perfect as possible.”

Asking Alexandria just debuted a thrilling music video for their new song, “Into The Fire,” taken from their yet-to-be-titled full-length due out this year. Give it a listen here.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 29.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

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1/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
1/11: Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
1/12: Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
1/13: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
1/15: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
1/17: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Indoor
1/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
1/19: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club Stage
1/20: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
2/2: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/3: Portland, ME @ State Theatre
2/4: Montreal, QC @ M Telus
2/5: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
2/7: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
2/8: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
2/9: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
2/1: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
2/12: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/13: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
2/14: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
2/16: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
2/17: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/19: Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
2/20: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
2/22: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/23: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
2/24: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
2/25: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
2/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
3/1: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
3/2: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

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