KRockathon Returns to New York State Fairgrounds

KRockathon has returned to Syracuse following a 6-year hiatus. For this year’s show, a host of alt-rock alumni will perform at the NYS Fairgrounds’ Chevy Court on Saturday, July 27.

Performances by Hoobastank, Puddle of Mudd, and more will transport concert-goers back to their moshing days.  

KRockathon’s beginnings date back to 1996, when Central NY radio station KRock started the festival to promote alternative rock, metal and rap in the region. The event began at the Vernon Downs raceway in Vernon, NY, with alternative legends Butthole Surfers and Toadies. For the next two decades, the event would travel around Central NY, taking place in Oswego, Weedsport and Syracuse before settling at the NYS Fairgrounds.  

Throughout its original run, KRockathon drew hundreds of thousands of rock and metal fans to Central NY to see legendary acts like Deftones, Public Enemy and Korn. Following 21 years of rocking the region, KRockathon went on an indefinite hiatus. Its last showing was in 2018, featuring Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.

The 6 year hiatus ended this year with the announcement of The Sweet Grass KRockathon Reboot presented by Monster Energy and Mess’s Fireworks. “It’s all the elements of the show that KROCK listeners remember, with a few elevated twists, keeping in mind that we’ve all gotten older and maybe just a little bit wiser,” says Marissa Greenlar, Chief Content Officer of Galaxy Media Partner. 

This more mature edition of the event will host an array of amenities for concert-goers. Picnic tables, shade tents and a Monster Energy chill zone will help refresh audiences during the show. There will additionally be food vendors, including WildCat Sports Pub, Halal Gyro and Ashley Lynn Winery. Additionally concert-goers who want to get some ink can visit vendor Black Sea Tattoo. 

While this year’s band lineup is smaller than previous years, many tried and true alt-rock legends will perform. 2000s radio hitmakers Hoobastank and Puddle of Mudd will return for the first time in over 20 years. They will be joined on stage by hard-rockers Stabbing Westward, Nonpoint, Boy Hits Car, and Syracuse’s own Brand New Sin

KRockathon’s Doors will open at 11:00 AM, July 27th, with shows beginning at 12. Early bird tickets for the event are currently on sale for $35. Additionally, there are a limited number of OG Pass tickets on sale for $150. This pass provides exclusive merch, fast entry, and a private area with a cash bar, wifi, and special photo experience. For ticketing information, visit the KRockathon website here.

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