Louisville’s own, Louder Than Life 2021 festival lineup is here and features a four day long weekend of rocking out. Danny Wimmer Presents takes great pride in this festival every year as it is the biggest rock and metal festival that takes place in the United States every year. This year the festival will be taking place from September 23rd-26th at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center. Those that venture to this festival yearly have finally been treated to their long awaited lineup. Each day features some familiar names as well as new ones that have potential to gain a lot of new fans by the end of the weekend.
Thursday: Starting off the weekend was the newly added Thursday date of the festival. They decided to start the weekend off in a very strong way, maybe a little too strong? Early in the day we will be seeing sets from Jeris Johnson, Currents, and Teenage Wrist. Three unique artists with unique sounds like, alt-pop, metalcore, and alt-rock. Wage War is quickly becoming a big name for modern metalcore and put on a great show. The last half of the day is going to be coming at people fast and hard, Knocked Loose is arguably the number one hardcore band in the world so they will definitely put on a seriously impressive set, Beartooth is one of the most consist rock/metal bands in the world and will be there to get everyone’s blood pumping. Anthrax is one of the big four thrash bands, that speaks for itself, Staind is fresh off their return and are going to be eager to play more sets to big crowds and LTL will be the place for them to shine, and Korn is the pinnacle of Nu-metal and are known to put on some wild shows and super lively crowds.
Friday: Tallah is going to be the heavy hitter starting off the day Friday, these guys are an upcoming metal band that are high energy and super-talented. Turnstile and Fever 333 will be upping the energy even further with hardcore sounds along with general hard rock. Avatar will be one of the sources of European metal for festival goers, along side Gojira who are fresh off their new album release. Killswitch Engage is one of the best live bands out there when it comes to overall sound and crowd interaction which is key. Rise Against and Jane’s Addiction are two bands that will be good, solid rock and alt-rock warm-ups for the first set of Metallica, we can only hope for Metallica to put on a performance that will send the festival goers back to their hotels, RV’s, and homes happy with what they had spent their money on up until then.
Saturday: This morning after Metallica, goers will warm-up with UNITYTX who are going to punish us with hardcore breakdowns fused with grunge and hip-hop. The middle of the day is packed with talent, Spiritbox, Ice Nine Kills, and Code Orange will be bringing some unique metalcore based sounds that will all be familiar to those watching their sets or walking by the stage. Asking Alexandria, grandson, and Ghostemane are going to bring some cool and interesting vibes to Saturday. Asking Alexandria and grandson are going to bring in some nice radio rock sounds that the crowds may recognize and Ghostemane will again be advocating for trap-metal artists to be a staple at big rock and metal festivals. Machine Gun Kelly will be a good ambassador for the new pop-punk revival taking place, Snoop Dogg will be bringing the rap jams which will hopefully be a good transition to Nine Inch Nails to end the night. NIN has and always will be a crowd favorite because of their live performances, so we can expect big things from their set.
Sunday: For it being the last day of the festival, this day is on the lighter side for the most part, mostly rock-driven by bands like, Avoid, Fozzy, and Badflower who are some highlights for early in the day, things pick up with Sabaton, Skillet, and The Hu, that will bring some harder rock and metal vibes. Pennywise is tossed into the mix to add some surf-punk tracks to keep the energy going. The last three sets are going to be very memorable sets, Mudvayne is back and apparently ready to get the ball rolling on playing shows, this set very well could be, the most energetic set they see all weekend. Judas Priest is the heavy metal titan that will put on a killer set that is full of their hits, the crowd is going to love seeing Rob Halford come out clad in leather and riding a motorcycle. To cap everything off, for their second set of the weekend, Metallica is going to be playing a completely different set from Friday night, their goal will be to make sure that everyone in attendance can leave with a grin on their faces and memories that will last a lifetime from this weekend.
Overall, this festival has some serious potential to be one of the best we will see for awhile so long as the headliners are ready to put on great performances. The undercard for each day is pretty solid, but we can tell that the big money for the festival was spent on headliners which can be a gamble at times. Hopefully all goes well for this years, Louder Than Life festival and will be a good way to kick off bringing back festivals and concerts.
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