FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sonic Temple 2019

The debut of the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival capped off the Danny Wimmer Presents 2019 spring festival season with sold-out crowds of 120,000 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH, May 17, 18 & 19. It was a fest for the ages and one of the best lineups in the history of “The Worlds Loudest Month”, the signature of Danny Wimmer Presents music festival experiences. In addition to massive performances from Foo Fighters, System Of A Down, Disturbed, Ghost, Papa Roach and Lamb of God, the weekend offered one-of-a-kind art experiences, including legendary street artist RISK, art installations, live mural painting, live screen-printing and the popular Art Tent. The SiriusXM Comedy & Spoken Word Tent presented sets from Andrew Dice Clay, Henry Rollins, Tom Morello, Craig Gass, Nadya of Pussy Riot, and more.

Special performances and one in a lifetime collabos were plenty! Foo Fighters capped off the festival with an extended seat featuring special surprises including The Struts’ frontman Luke Spiller appearing alongside Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins in a cover of the Queen / David Bowie song “Under Pressure” The Cult performed several tracks from their same-named classic album Sonic Temple, and System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian joined Tom Morello on stage for a performance of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” (dedicated to the late Chris Cornell on the anniversary of his passing), and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe made a guest appearance during Gojira’s set, who also survived accidentally nearly being set on fire (due to winds, not the gear or the crew who were amazing!)

Throughout all three festival weekends, lucky fans also enjoyed exclusive acoustic performances from bands including Beartooth, Fever 333, Grandson, Shvpes, Wilson and Dirty Honey during the Zippo Sessions. Attendees 21+ had their thirst quenched by a variety of beverages, including selections from the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer), killer cocktails at the Heavy Tiki Bar oasis, and local craft beer. Fans were also able to meet their favorite bands and receive autographs at the Monster and f.y.e. Fan Experience tents, try out the latest gear at The Music Experience tent and learn more about animal rescue Take Me Home and the Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program.

Friday’s lineup included System of A down, Ghost, Halestorm, Meshuggah, Avatar, Tom Morello, Parkway Drive, Beartooth, Zakk Wylde’s BLS, Pussy Riot, Bad Wolves, Zeal and Ardor and more!

Saturday featured Disturbed, Papa Roach, Lamb of God, The Cult, In This Moment, Gojira, Action Bronson, Killswitch Engage, Architects, Fever333, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more!

Sunday was abbreviated due to storms (safety first always) but did include Foo Fighters, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Black Pistol Fire, Basement, Amigo The Devil and more!

Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival sponsors included: Monster Energy, Zippo, f.y.e., Sweetwater Studios, BrewDog, Jack Daniel’s, The Music Experience, USMC, Kentucky Tourism, Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, and Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program.


Ghost Cult had an awesome time and we will be back!

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