If you’re looking for a festival to bring out the heavier side of your musical palate, then look no further. The Rockstar Mayhem Festival has 28 shows across the U.S. and parts of Canada, 19 bands performing at most of them, and four stages, and you can find it locally with a show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on Tuesday, July 22, and in Hartford, Conn., at the Xfinity Theater on Sunday, July 27. Headlining the main stage is heavy metal sensation Avenged Sevenfold, with co-headliners Korn, and rounded off by Asking Alexandria and Trivium. With lawn tickets and GA pit admission, there’s a place for anyone on pretty much any budget.
With the guys from Avenged Sevenfold fresh off of headlining Download Festival this year, in addition to playing Rock Am Ring and Pinkpop, and completing a nearly year-long world tour in support of their new album Hail to the King, there is no slowing down in sight for them. Their incredible stage presence, blazing guitar solos, fast-paced intricate drumming and impressive vocals will make you a fan if you aren’t already. Hell, when you are gaining respect from heavy metal icons such as Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), you’re doing something right. Lead singer M. Shadows says their 75-minute set will be “really jam-packed” and that they intend to “blow the place up” and give their fans the full experience with their full stage setup. They’re bringing it all. So if you missed the Hail to the King world tour or haven’t heard the new album yet, get to Mayhem Festival this year. Nothing can make you like a band more than seeing such a tight and on-point performance.
Now, for the “Nu Metal” side of the mainstage, you have Korn. With the addition of their unique and sometimes funky sound, the festival will most likely draw a diverse crowd (with 19 bands, how can it not, right?). Active since 1993 and with 11 studio albums under their belt, you can expect a great performance from them. Back to the original lineup (with the exception of drummer Ray Luzier in place of David Silveria), expect a lot of the old favorites to be a part of the set, with just a few newer songs, which is most likely a good thing. We will also have to wait and see if there is any “Metallica-esque” changes among the band, now that pretty much all of them are sober, but there shouldn’t be much to worry about with Korn. These guys are definitely in a league of their own with a one-of-a-kind sound.
In addition to the Rockstar Energy Main Stage, there will be three other stages featuring the following bands:
Ice-T and Body Count
Miss May I
Veil of Maya
Upon A Burning Body
Texas Hippie Coalition
And if 10 hours of music from 19 bands isn’t enough, be sure to check out the different pavilion areas that feature vendors, sponsor tents and artist tents. You can count on getting a ton of free goodies from these areas, and might be able to rub elbows with some awesome musicians. Don’t miss a great tour, and get your taste of Mayhem!