Rock Fest Reveals 2018 Lineup

Eric Christenson

DIsturbed, 2009. Image: Razvan Orendovici | CC 2.0
DIsturbed, 2009. Image: Razvan Orendovici | CC 2.0

It’s an extremely huge year for Rock Fest, one of the Valley’s craziest music festivals that celebrates that most powerful of musical genres and the culture of fans that make it great – rock. This summer’s fest – which blasts from July 12 through 14 (it's an extra spooky Friday the 13th weekend to boot) – marks 25 years of awesomeness in Cadott.

And the lineup of rock excellence, which released today, is nothing to shake a flying-V guitar at. Heading up the silver anniversary is heavy-hitters Disturbed and Incubus (who are both making their Rock Fest debut) along with Godsmack, Halestorm, Rise Against, Black Label Society, and Seether, plus a ton of great bands – classic and modern alike. There’s some solo performances from some legendary classic rock acts like Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Ace Frehley of KISS. And two of the Chippewa Valley’s own – picard and Filthy Sweet – will get to melt some faces on the Rock Fest stage as well.

More artists will be added later, but here’s the current lineup in full...

Disturbed
Incubus
Godsmack
Rise Against
Halestorm
Seether
Bush
Black Label Society
Dee Snider
Underoath
Nothing More
Sevendust
Ace Frehley
Pop Evil
GWAR
Beartooth
Trivium
Adelitas Way
Skid Row
Red
Fozzy
Powerman 5000
Autograph
Attila
Otep
Through Fire
Dead
Soil
Deadset Society
Wayland
Shallow Side
Blacktop Mojo
Dead Girls Academy
Beyond Threshold
Blacklite District
The Missing Letters
Amerakin Overdose
GFM
Old Voltage
Ozzbournes
Cowboys From Hell
Nivrana
Black Rainbow
Maiden Minneapolis
Nuisance
Arena
The Goodbars
Emissary Echo
Crashing Atlas
Scattered Hamlet
Maryann Cotton
Screaming For Silence
Hammer Down Hard
Brokenrail
Everyday Losers
Aeous
Hellbelly
Lydia Can’t Breathe
Standing Alliance
Strate Jak It
Greater Than Three
Smiling Politely
The Cragars
Filthy Sweet
Benjamin Raye Band
Picard
Lady Luck

There’s always tons to do at the unique festival between the sideshows, tons of different vendors, dozens of tattoo artists with guns loaded, and the myriad activities all day each day.

Presale three-day general admission tickets for 2018 sold out in under two hours, and keep in mind, 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 this year.

So rock fans, now is not the time to dawdle. Make sure to grab your tickets and buckle in because after 25 years of finessing their vibe, Rock Fest 2018 is ready to blow the doors off.

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