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Festival Noize: Chicago Open Air, Governors Ball, Rock On The Range, Self Help, FarmBorough, WayHome

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Chicago Open Air to host only U.S. appearance by Rammstein … Governors Ball reveals daily lineups … Rock On The Range additions include Deftones and “That Metal Show” live … Self Help readies for second year … New York’s Farmborough canceled … LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and The Killers top WayHome lineup.

Rammstein’s U.S. fans will want to travel to the Midwest in mid-July to experience the German hard rock band in action.  Chicago Open Air organizers say the July 15-17 fest at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., will be the only place the band is performing in the United States in 2016.  The rest of the lineup, let alone daily schedules, hasn’t  been announced, but the event vows to reveal “additional festival headliners” Feb. 16.

“Rammstein is the act that is headlining major festivals all over the world,” Chicago Open Air producer Danny Wimmer said.  “I’ve been trying to get Rammstein here for years and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to launch Chicago Open Air with them.  If you’ve never seen Rammstein live before, you are in for a real treat.”

Chicago Open Air will field more than 40 bands along with outdoor “Gourmet Man Food” choices mixing local and regional cuisines.  You also get a craft beer village that’s sure to have just what you need to go with all that great food. 

A limited quantity of early bird discounted 3-day weekend general admission tickets are still available and are priced at $199.50 for field and $109.50 for the bowl. But you’ll need to hustle because prices go up once that allotment is sold out.  VIP 3-day weekend and 3-day weekend Zippo VIP ticket 2-packs are also available.  Check out ChicagoOpenAir.com for more information.

Now that Governors Ball daily lineup is here you can see which days Kanye West, The Strokes, and The Killers headline the fest at Randall’s Island in New York June 3-5.

  • Kanye West

    Pan Am Games - Closing Ceremony, Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
    July 26, 2015

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Friday, June 3: The Strokes, Beck, Robyn, Of Monsters and Men, Jaime XX, Matt And Kim, Bloc Party, Father John Misty, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), De La Soul, Duke Dumont, Years & Years, Christine And The Queens, Bob Moses, Elle King, Bully, Meg Mac, Boogie, The London Souls, Black Pistol Fire, Public Access T.V., Transviolet

Saturday, June 4: The Killers, M83, Haim, Miike Snow, Miguel, Purity Ring, Action Bronson, Lord Huron, Mac Miller, Against Me!, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Misterwives, Albert Hammond Jr., Thundercat, Jon Bellion, Marian Hill, Torres, The Knocks, Louis The Child, Nothing, Holly Miranda, Eliot Sumner

Sunday, June 5: Kanye West, Death Cab For Cutie, Chvrches, Two Door Cinema Club, Chet Faker, Gary Clark Jr., Joey Bada$$, Courtney Barnett, Eagles of Death Metal, Thomas Jack, Cold War Kids, Vince Staples, Galantis, Vic Mensa, Bat For Lashes, Betty Who, Fidlar, Circa Waves, Whilk & Misky, Day Wave, Blank Range, Tor Miller

General admission single-day tickets go on sale Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. EST.  Click here for more details.

Deftones, The Shrine and Adam Watt are the latest editions to this year’s Rock On The Range lineup.  Dominating MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, May 20-22, the annual fest that proudly proclaims it is “where rock lives” will host Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth and other acts possessing amps that can be turned up way past 11.

Rock On The Range fans can also look forward to this year’s ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent featuring Grammy nominated Jay Mohr along with Big Jay Oakerson, Nate Bargatze, Craig Gass and Bethany Dwyer plus top local talent.

  • Chino Moreno of Deftones

    Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
    July 23, 2015

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Saturday at Rock On The Range will feature a live version of “That Metal Show” based on the VH1 program.  Starring hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, the show will include interviews with various ROTR bands, a “Stump The Trunk” segment and commentary from the hosts.

More info can be found at RockOnTheRange.com.

A Day To Remember’s “Self Help” festival is coming along nicely.  The one-day event planned for March 19 at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif., features ADTR along with Underoath, The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, August Burns Red, Yelawolf, Issues, Crown The Empire, Further Seems Forever and many others.

Self Help debuted in San Bernardino in March 2014.  Since then it has played Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing as well as its SB location.

Organizers describe Self Help as a festival where the “overall mission is to deliver a memorable event featuring bands with positive messages embodied in their music.”

“Every year we strive to make improvements and this year fans can look forward to the continued evolution of the festival’s production, among other things,” A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon said.

  • A Day To Remember

    X102.9 Presents The Big Ticket, Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville, Fla.
    December 8, 2013

    (John Davisson)

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General admission tickets as well as a limited amount of VIP packages are still available.  Go to SelfHelpFest.com for details.  And be sure to revisit Pollstar’s 2015 interview with the folks behind Self Help.

The second annual FarmBorough Festival at Randall’s Island in New York City was planned for June 17-19 and included Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw on its lineup.  But no more as organizers pull the plug on this year’s country music event.

From Farmborough’s website:

FarmBorough Festival will not return to Randall’s Island in June of 2016.

 All of us at FarmBorough Festival appreciate the support we have received, but conditions dictate that we redirect our energy at this time.

 We appreciate the opportunity you afforded us to present FarmBorough in New York City, and apologize for any inconvenience.

 Festival Passes and Ferry Passes will be refunded through point of purchase and the process will start Tuesday, February 9th.

Click here for more details.

LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers may top the lineup for the WayHome Music and Arts Festival, but there is an almost endless list of acts playing the event at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, July 22-24.  The roster includes Major Lazer, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Ray LaMontagne, FKA Twigs, Future, Chet Faker, Arkells, Beirut, Gary Clark Jr., Mac DeMarco, Wolf Parade, The Last Shadow Puppets and many, many others.

  • Arcade Fire

    Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain.
    May 29, 2014

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Tickets go on sale Feb. 16.  Click here for more knowledge.


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