First-ever core-based music festival, Kentucky Irate Fest, scheduled for late August
Although there are many rock festivals held around the world during the summer months, the only one to focus solely on core-based music (metalcore, deathcore, slam, beatdown, etc.) will take place from August 26-28 – Kentucky Irate Feast. Held at the MG Prime Entertainment Complex (7021 Global Drive, Louisville, Kentucky), each day will feature more than 25 bands, including national tours and local acts, with a festival capacity of 4,000.
Main acts include Russia’s Slaughter to Prevail (first US show since 2019), Norma Jean, Madball, Oceano, Rivers of Nihil, Imending Doom, Traitors, The Browning, Rose Funeral (first show since 2014), Bury Your Dead (rare show reunion), Cane Hill, Palisades, Tallah, Evergreen Terrace, Jason Paige (singing his Pokemon songs he created) with local legends Belushi Speedball, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Kaonashi and Sea of Treachery (first show in 3 years), Costa Savage Existence by Rica and Earth Caller from Australia with Misstiq (first American show).
Gates to the festival will open at 11am, show at 12:00/noon each day, and the show will continue until 11:30pm each evening.
In addition, there will be several merchandise vendors on site and 6 food trucks serving tacos, pizzas, sushi/hibachi, hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade/desserts. A truck with a vegetarian option will also be available.
Ticketing options include single day – $60.00 per day, GA – $150.00 for full weekend pass, VIP – $250.00, 4 ticket options available at a discounted rate: 4 day tickets day for $180.00 or 4 weekend tickets for $450.00 (buy 3, get 1 free).
On-site parking will be available for $10.00, and while there is no camping, there are 28 hotels within a 10-minute drive of the festival site.
“I am extremely proud of this festival,” says its CEO and founder, Joseph Borland. “Being a fan of metal, and more specifically of these genres, I’m happy to really show people how awesome these subgenres can be. I think we have a special opportunity to create a unique experience for all people I think Irate Fest being global is an option for years to come, and this year being our first year, I think people should be excited to experience something in its first year.
“What sets us apart is the amount of heavy subgenres. Subgenres like deathcore, metalcore, slam and beatdown that you don’t usually see at most festivals. We also have 25 bands per day, which is a lot for two stages. We have a full plan with no overlapping sets so that fans can have the best experience and not have to choose which stage to go to at a specific time.
“Our plan for 2023 and beyond is to expand into multiple cities with the same bands, much like what Mayhem Festival and Warped Tour have done. Being able to have this exact style show on the West Coast and East Coast, as well as the Midwest, is what we want to bring to our fans.
Bring your dancing shoes and bandages, because Irate Fest will be the heaviest festival of the year!
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