January 13, 2023 ** For Release **
Blue Ridge Rock Festival has confirmed Shinedown as one of eight headlining performances for the 2023 lineup following the prior announcement of Pantera. Shinedown returns after their electrifying headlining set in 2021, now celebrating continued success with their seventh album Planet Zero. Despite millions of records sold and copious awards and nominations, the band remains one of rock’s humblest and hardest-working groups out today.
Artists from across the musical spectrum continue to be added to this growing lineup, proudly hosting Megadeth and the post-hardcore memelords I Set My Friends on Fire. The last few weeks have also continued to add to the international flair, featuring Landmvrks (France), Caskets (UK), Paleface (Switzerland) and Holding Absence (Wales). True to their roots, after 30,000+ votes, Blue Ridge also delivered the congratulatory announcement for Heartsick, winner of the Unsigned Fan-Voted Talent Search.
With six headliners and over 75 bands yet to be announced, the Festival resumes announcements next week.
Blue Ridge Rock Festival returns September 7-10, 2023, with a pre-party exclusive to campers on September 6. Interested in leveling up your experience? Meet & Greet and Rockstar passes are still available! Festival tickets are on sale now with payment plans available. Click here for full lineup and ticket information.
Blue Ridge Rock Fest wraps up the week with almost 50 artists announced to date. The Festival returns to Alton, Virginia from September 7-10, 2023, with a pre-party available to campers on September 6. Since announcing Pantera as one of their eight headliners last week, they’ve added some of the biggest names in rock including the return of Spiritbox and Motionless in White. Blue Ridge also welcomes Parkway Drive with a massive pyrotechnic performance and Attila‘s 10-year anniversary of their pivotal record “About That Life.”
Blue Ridge Rock Fest has historically been one of special performances and reunions with 2023 following closely. Stabbing Westward will make their debut next year, following their first new album in 22 years, and TRUSTcompany‘s original lineup will reunite for the first time in over a decade. The Festival prides itself on delivering a “Fan-Driven Experience,” and perhaps nothing says this as loudly as welcoming the independent powerhouse Patient Sixty-Seven for their first ever US performance.
With over 100 more artists to go, the lineup so far includes, in alphabetical order:
Independently-owned, Blue Ridge Rock Festival is the home of the “Fan Driven Experience,” with fans voting on the lineup and festival experiences through surveys across social media. What started as a one-day event in 2017 has since exploded into a 4-day festival in 2022, featuring almost 200 bands and proudly hosting a community of over 150,000 at the VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. Last year’s headliners included Slipknot, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Ghost, and featured special reunions and performances from the likes of Kittie, Shadows Fall, Starset, Tenacious D and Insane Clown Posse.
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Next year’s lineup for Blue Ridge Rock Festival just got bigger: they’ve confirmed the recently reunited heavy metal legends Pantera. The reunion brings back original members Phil Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) while welcoming Zakk Wylde on guitar (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and Charlie Benante (Anthrax). Notably missing are the late Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, both of whom had larger-than-life personalities that the band intends to celebrate and respect with this reunion. Pantera originally formed in the ’80s and quickly became one of the most influential bands in the metal scene.
Pantera is one of many reunions already announced for the Virginia-based Festival, following Flyleaf (featuring the return of Lacey Sturm), Coal Chamber, Taproot, and Woe, Is Me. The full lineup so far includes (in order of announcement):
Woe, Is Me (reunion)
Cold (“Year of the Spider 20th Anniversary Set)
Ville Valo (HIM)
Like Moths to Flames
Born of Osiris
Escape the Fate
The Ghost Inside
More artist announcements are expected almost daily over the weeks to come, featuring additional reunions and special sets. The independently owned Festival is the home of the “Fan Driven Experience,” asking fans to weigh in on the lineup and festival experiences through surveys and voting across social media. What started as a one-day event in 2017 has since exploded into a 4-day festival in 2022, featuring almost 200 bands and proudly hosting a community of over 150,000 at the VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. Last year’s headliners included Slipknot, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Ghost, and featured special reunions and performances from the likes of Kittie, Shadows Fall, Starset, Tenacious D and Insane Clown Posse. Blue Ridge Rock Festival returns Sept 7-10, 2023.
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