Hard rock and heavy metal music lovers in America never had so many options for live music festivals in the United States than 2016. Welcome one of the newest festivals to look forward to this summer, Chicago Open Air.
In its inaugural festival, Chicago Open Air has assembled one of the sickest three-day hard rock festival lineups ever. Headliners for the three-day event will be Rammstein, Disturbed and Slipknot. The festival itself will feature more than 40 bands through three days of circle pit madness.
Chicago Open Air will take place the weekend of July 15-17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. The event is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation and Toyota Park, along with support from the Village of Bridgeview and its mayor, Steven Landek.
Other bands attending the star-studded festival consist of Five Finger Death Punch, Chevelle, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Killswitch Engage, In This Moment, Bullet For My Valentine and many more. The festival will be hosted by Sirius/XM’s own rock and metal loving DJ, Jose Mangin.
Fans attending the festival will not only be treated to one of the best lineups ever, they will also have a chance to taste Gourmet Man Food, craft beers and some interactive fan experiences by Jack Daniels and Monster Energy.
Some of Chicago’s favorite places to eat, along with some national food vendors, will make up the menu for the weekend, which you can pair up with a glass of beer brought to you by regional and national craft beer makers.
Area food vendors will include Chicago Doghouse, Dinky’s Doughnuts, Bruges Brothers, Dia De Los Tamales, Pizano’s (Chicago Deep Dish), International Spud Station, the Happy Lobster, Yum Yum and the Crave Bar. Out-of-state vendors will include Cheeze Louise, Cravin’ Cajun, Aporkalypse Now, Pie Baby (wood-fired pizza) and Master of Patties.
Chicago Open Air’s craft beer village will see some artist inspired-beverages. Some of those makers include Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago), Goose Island (Chicago), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, California), Motörhead’s Shiraz Wine, Surly (Minneapolis) and many more soon to be announced.
Fans can also head over to one of the interactive experiences that will be on hand. They can head over to the Music Experience tent, which gives fans an interactive experience on the elements involved in making music in a professional band setting. The exhibit gives fans the chance to play equipment used by today’s most popular bands including guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear. Festival goers will also have a chance to meet some of their favorite artist at the tent, and will also have the chance to win guitars, amps and tons of other free stuff.
Festival goers can have a “Taste of Tennessee” when they head to the Jack Daniels Experience. The Jack Daniels Experience is a mobile museum where fans 21 and older can learn who Mr. Jack Daniel was, and how he came up with the best-selling whiskey in the world. On the free tour, fans can witness whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal, and new oak barrels used for maturing the liquor. Games and giveaways will take place at various times throughout the festival.
Monster Energy Drink will fuel the festival and fans who attend. Fans can stop at the Monster Energy Experience to indulge in free Monster Energy flavor samplings, artist signings and other exclusive opportunities.
Rammstein will headline Friday night’s show, the only U.S. performance the band plans to play in 2016. It’s their first time playing in Chicago since 2012. Rammstein first rocked U.S soil in 1997 when they opened for German industrial rockers KMFDM. Formed in 1994, Rammstein still consists of its original lineup and has released six studio albums. The band is currently working on their seventh studio album.
Chicago’s own Disturbed will headline Saturday night. Fresh off hiatus, Disturbed has announced several headlining tours during the first half of 2016 since “The Guy” came off life support. Tours with Nonpoint, Breaking Benjamin and Rob Zombie to go along with headlining several festivals round out the first half of the year for the returning band. Being hometown boys coming off a small break, it was a must to have Disturbed headline one night at the first ever Chicago Open Air. Disturbed’s cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit “The Sound of Silence,” has brought the band into a whole new light, appealing to more than just rock/metal fans.
Maggots will take over the festival Sunday night as the Grammy Award-winning Slipknot will headline the closing night of the festival. Slipknot is touring in support of their fifth studio album .5: The Gray Chapter, released in 2014. Slipknot’s current single “Goodbye” is about the band losing former bassist Paul Gray to a drug overdose, and the band meeting up at Corey Taylor’s house as a whole for the first time since that tragedy. The album title is also in reference to Paul Gray. Taylor has also hinted that he’s getting too old to keep up the Slipknot style, and this could be one of their last runs as a band with him for awhile.
Chicago Open Air Friday July 15 Lineup:
Rammstein, Chevelle, Ministry, Of Mice & Men, Meshuggah, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Carcass, Hatebreed, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Butcher Babies, Through Fire
Chicago Open Air Saturday July 16 Lineup:
Disturbed, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Pop Evil, Gojira, Deafheaven, The Devil Wears Prada, Helmet, Nothing More, Saint Asonia, Miss May I, Beartooth, Silver Snakes, City Of The Weak
Chicago Open Air Sunday July 17 Lineup:
Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, BABYMETAL, Asking Alexandria, Corrosion of Conformity, letlive., All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Jim Breuer & the Regulators, Upon A Burning Body, Gemini Syndrome