Deranged, Machine Gun Kelly rock Louisville 2021
Tens of thousands of rockers stepped out on Saturday for the third consecutive day of Stronger than life, where group after group turned out to be massive and shocking sets for thrilled crowds that afternoon.
The penultimate day of the festival may have seen a lot of programming reshuffles, with headliners like Snoop dogg and other bands drop out early, but fans still showed up ready to headbang and have a good time.
“Are you ready to party?” Diamante, one of six female-led groups that performed Louder Than Life on Saturday, asked at the start of her show.
And yes, everyone was. Between the rotating roster of bands performing on three stages, plus too many beer, whiskey and food tents to count, and a bunch of stalls selling shirts, guitars and other merchandise, the entertainment was easy to come on Saturday.
Lots of cool art on display
Louder Than Life featured lots of cool artwork, from images displayed on fan t-shirts and merchandise stalls to artwork on display in an art tent at the festival.
Kai Martin, an artist from San Diego, was there to show off his colorful, ink-laden work to people who pulled up near the tent.
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This is Martin’s third time at Louder Than Life, and he said it was great to be back after crouching for 18 months due to COVID-19. In fact, he said it was his best run to date at the festival.
“It’s literally like famine to feast, from confinement to that,” he said.
Switch for a cause
A handful of organizations that set up stands at the festival were there to support a specific cause. Number of heads, a non-partisan group that runs voter registration campaigns, also had a tent where people could get a brilliant “Save the Vote!” Pin for taking a few minutes that afternoon to send a message to their elected officials to show their support for the franchise.
Write love in her arms, a long-standing nonprofit focused on helping people with depression, substance abuse and self-harm, had its own tent where people could write and pin encouraging messages.
“You have more to give! I don’t know who you are but I love you!” said one of the handwritten messages.
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“I’m still here… and so are you,” said another, who was signed off simply as being from a “survivor”.
Music experience allows people to shred on their own
Fans tried their hand at a bunch of cute guitars in The Music Experience tent, where people were welcome to come and play at any time of the day.
The tent was very busy on Saturday as people ripped guitars of all colors – lime green, purple, silver, blue (and black, of course) – off the walls and took them for a test drive.
The overlapping medley as people played different tunes was chaotic but interesting, and there were plenty of neat instruments to check out, including a Angel envy-themed mini-guitar.
Bands perform hard rock sets aloud for fans
As Diamante dazzled at the mic in a shiny silver marching band hat, Siiickbrain – another of the many musicians featured on Saturday’s lineup – took to the stage across the pitch and gave people a sample of songs so fresh she hasn’t even released them yet.
“It’s so tight playing these songs that literally haven’t come out yet,” she told the crowd.
However, she closed her set with a look back: Hawthorne Heights’ The 2000s classic “Ohio Is for Lovers”. (She and the band recently released a new version of the song.)
“I actually learned to scream while listening to this song,” she said before launching into a performance that made some people sing.
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Just after the Siiickbrain set ended, the Canadian rockers from Spiritbox performed in front of a huge crowd.
Spiritbox singer Courtney LaPlante mentioned how nice it was to be back on stage after being out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic, which made live music a non-starter for a while. time.
“I played these songs in my … closet,” she said.
Machine Gun Kelly, Disturbed takes the stage on a day full of line-up changes
Headlining Disturbed was scheduled to wrap up the third day of Louder Than Life, which featured a day filled with heavy metal and hardcore music. The multi-platinum rock band was added to the lineup, along with Volbeat and Atreyu, after the former headliner Nine inch nails dropped earlier this year.
Many other acts also dropped earlier this year, altering the entire scope of Saturday’s original lineup. Snoop dogg canceled his other 2021 festival appearances and was replaced by the band Fall upside down. Rapper and heavy metal artist Ghost man also canceled and replaced by a punk / metal band Suicidal tendencies.
Rapper turned rocker Kelly machine gun, the only change or not to the original Saturday night lineup, was to deliver a stunning ensemble with songs from his album “Tickets to My Downfall” and a performance from “Papercuts”, the first single from his yet-sixth forthcoming studio album, “Born with Horns”.
Morgan Watkins is the Courier Journal’s senior political reporter. Contact her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @ morganwatkins26.
Stronger Than Life 2021
WHAT: Headliners at the four-day Louder Than Life 2021 festival include Metallica and Korn, as well as performances by Judas Priest, Jane’s Addiction, Machine Gun Kelly, Staind, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against, Cypress Hill, Gojira, Seether, Pennywise, The Distillers, Beartooth, Kentucky band Knocked Loose and more.
OR: Highlands Festival Grounds, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville
WHEN: Sep 26.
MORE INFORMATION: Louderthanlifefestival.com