Killswitch Engage to Headline Dirt Fest 2014


Killswitch Engage to Headline Dirt Fest 2014

 This is the band’s first Michigan Festival date for original vocalist Jesse Leach since the 2012 Trespass America Tour.

Coming off of a Rock on the Range appearance, and most notably, a Grammy Nomination for ‘Best Rock Performance’ for “In Due Time” from their latest Roadrunner Records release ‘Disarm the Descent’, Killswitch closes their 2013-2014 World Tour at Dirt Fest 2014!

The 2014 Dirt Fest lineup includes: Killswitch EngageSid Wilson of SlipknotPowerman 5000,Hed PeNonpointChimairaBattlecrossGemini SyndromeTantricSmile Empty SoulLocal HRedlight KingLike A StormNothing MoreEyes Set To KillGift GiverBlue Felix,Psychostick, & A Special Mystery Co-Headliner to be announced on July 19th.

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Known mostly for its quiet Outlet Mall, the town of Birch Run, MI will once again get turned on its head at Dirt Fest 2014 on SaturdayAugust 9thDirt Fest celebrates its 16th year as it presents over 50 live National and Local acts on multiple stages, proving once again that Rock & Roll is alive and kicking!

Dirt Fest is hosted by Matt and Andy Dalton of Dalton Brothers Entertainment, along withBanana 101.5 FM, and is presented by Ourtunez at the Birch Run Expo Center.

Dirt Fest is an all-day, all-ages music festival that the Daltons have developed from humble beginnings and grown a reputation for being a must attend event every year for fans of established and emerging hard rock and metal music. Dirt Fest has showcased a multitude of acts from Michigan born bands such as Pop EvilBattlecrossChiodosWilson & Critical Bill to National headlining bands like TraptSevendustIn This Moment, and Clutch while continuing to make an enormous effort to feed the pot with younger developing acts.

In addition to VIP Ticket Packages, Dirt Fest will offer Meet & Greet opportunities and will have several media outlets broadcasting live coverage from the show and interviews with the bands. $35 General Admission tickets will go on sale Friday May 23 at 10am and VIP tickets are currently on sale for $80, which includes early entry into the festival, access to the VIP tent, raised seating, access to the private bar where the bands hang out, private VIP restrooms, and an event t-shirt.

For more information, please visit the website atwww.dirtfest.comBirch Run Expo Center is located at 11600 N. Beyer Rd Birch Run, MI 48415



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3/1/2014 Waiting Room Buffalo NY 16+ $17.00 / $18.00
3/2/2014 Bogarts Cincinnati OH All Ages $16.50 / $18.00
3/3/2014 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI All Ages $15.00 /
3/4/2014 Wooly’s Des Moines IA All Ages $16.00 / $18.00
3/5/2014 The Garage Burnsville MN All Ages $17.00 / $20.00
3/6/2014 LaCrosse WI All Ages $13.00 /
3/7/2014 The Eagles Hall Milwaukee WI All Ages $16.50 / $17.50
3/8/2014 Mojoes Joliet IL All Ages $17.00 / $20.00
3/9/2014 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln NE 18+ $16.00 / $18.00
3/10/2014 Aggie Theatre Ft. Collins CO All Ages $18.00 / $22.00
3/11/2014 Mesa Theater & Club Grand Junction CO All Ages $20.00 / $24.00
3/12/2014 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City UT 21+ $18.00 / $20.00
3/14/2014 The Hop Spokane WA All Ages $17.00 / $20.00
3/15/2014 Knitting Factory Boise ID All Ages $16.00 / $18.00
3/16/2014 Knitting Factory Reno NV All Ages $16.00 / $18.00
3/17/2014 Assembly Sacramento CA All Ages $16.00 /
3/18/2014 House of Blues Anaheim CA All Ages $18.00 / $20.00
3/19/2014 191 Toole Tucson AZ All Ages $16.00 / $17.00
3/21/2014 Jake’s Backroom Lubbock TX All Ages $15.00 / $18.00
3/22/2014 Red 7 Austin TX All Ages $16.00 / $18.00
3/23/2014 Juanita’s Little Rock AR All Ages $12.00 / $15.00
3/24/2014 The Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA 18+ $18.00 / $20.00
3/26/2014 State Theatre St. Petersburg FL All Ages $17.00 / $18.00
3/27/2014 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale FL All Ages $15.00 / $18.00
3/28/2014 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville FL All Ages $18.00 / $20.00
3/29/2014 Ziggys By The Sea Wilmington NC All Ages $16.00 / $18.00
3/30/2014 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC All Ages $15.00 / $18.00
4/1/2014 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte NC $15.00 / $17.00
4/2/2014 The Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC $20.00 /
4/3/2014 Webster Theater Hartford CT All Ages $17.00 / $20.00
4/4/2014 Montage Music Hall Rochester NY All Ages $18.00 / $22.00
4/5/2014 The Middle East Downstairs Cambridge MA All Ages $18.00 / $20.00
4/6/2014 Revolution Amityville NY 16+ $22.00 / $24.00



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MOLTEN METAL: Mayhem in San Bernardino, CA



My favorite time of the year, the annual MayhemFest, kicked off its 6th tour in San Bernardino on June 29th, 2013. What better way to spend a scorching hot summer day than with thousands of sweaty metalheads in the dirt and completely unleash the beast within!  This year’s lineup was extra HEAVY! I caught full sets of BattleCross, Son of Osirus, Machine Head, and Children of Bodom on both the Jagermeister stage and the Musician Institute stage. I also caught a few songs from Job For a Cowboy‘s set, which I enjoyed tremendously. My green VIP wrist band gave me access backstage, where I ran into a few of my favorite metal dudes. Right before Machine Head was to hit the stage, I saw Phil Demmel and we started talking.  All of a sudden, Jason Hook of Five Finger Death Punch rides up on a green dirt bike. I stopped him and asked him to join us in a photo-op and he was down!  Totally surreal and way cool of him! Everyone was in a good mood despite the heat!  Machine Head really killed it with a powerful performance and killer stage set up. I was rocking out on stage with them, looking out at the sea of metalheads crowd surfing to the almighty Rob Flynn.  The crowd surfing was out of control!  I have never seen so many girls crowd surf at a metal show.  Everyone was going nuts, but at the same time making sure no one was getting hurt.  Backstage, I ran into Mike Faley of Metal Blade Records. He was keeping cool in a seat in the shade.  I told him how sick BatterCross’s performance was and he agreed!  In a previous interview I had with Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records, he mentioned how much he liked BattleCross and to keep a look out for them this summer. He was right, I was blown away. I bought a CD and a T-shirt form the lead singer, Kyle “Gumby” Gunther and had the band sign it! I am digging the new BattleCross album “War of Will.”   It’s intense!  Another band I’ve never seen live that I am now totally into is Born of Osiris! Pretty powerful how they mix in beats and keyboard! Children of Bodom played last on the Music Institute Stage. Alexi Laiho can do no wrong. He is the ultimate shredder! Continue reading






Tickets Go On Sale Friday March 22nd at 12 Noon

Tour Starts June 29th In San Bernardino, CA

(BEVERLY HILLS, CA) March 18th – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world’s biggest hard and heavy music touring festival announces its electrifying sixth-year lineup. Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTHJOB FOR A COWBOYEMMURE,BORN OF OSIRISMOTIONLESS IN WHITEBUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSSHUNTRESSTHROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June). Continue reading


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