Our Angela is off to the States for this year’s Louder Than Life festival. “Why?”, we asked her. Here’s why…

Depressed over summer and festival season coming to an end? Well, the good folks at Danny Wimmer Presents (rated within the top 100 Promoters globally for the third year running) and Louder Than Life have you covered!

Buried deep within Champions Park, Louisville, for two days, you can experience some of the best names in alternative music, and carefree hedonism at its finest. With just about three weeks to go, they’re gearing up for the most ambitious edition yet, with an absolutely stellar line-up. Now in its fourth year, the bourbon infused, southern-food-baby inducing music festival has organically evolved and firmly entrenched itself within the festival calendar.

This year’s bill which is concise but crucially still rich in variety, amalgamating immediately recognisable names, with a whole host of newcomers, provides something to fit the taste of every rock music fan. Read on for a few of our picks of the artist’s whose sets you will surely be hearing about!


Greta Van Fleet

These three brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam (with long-time pal Danny on drums) will have the “Rock N’ Roll is dead” preachers vigorously biting their tongues. Seeping with Led Zep influences (seriously -vocalist Josh Kiszka has got to be the love child of Robert Planet and Geddy Lee), combined with the Southern Comfort and musical harmony feels of The Black Crowes, the band will be taking to the Loud Mouth stage on Sunday. You can also catch them on their European tour at the end of September, details of which can be found (here).


Radkey

Us folks at Artrocker have championed Radkey for quite some time, being present at their first ever London show. The Missouri trio (following in the common theme of being comprised of 3 brothers) deal out the fuzz, rewriting the punk rule book by playing a retro style of punk, while incorporating layers of stoner and sludge. The band tune into an overall feel that has been lost a majority of their generation, however will be dealing out their generation Z take on Punk rock on the Zorn Stage on Sunday evening.


Incubus

Back in 2014 I had the chance to sit down with Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd for the launch of his second book. The overwhelming intelligence, sense of relatability, and mutual appreciation for childish humour that he and his band members showed (when interviewing them separately on another occasion) is evident in their elevated, ethereal song writing and eclectically excellent music arrangements, however is even more prevalent in their live shows. Incubus headline the Loudmouth stage on Sunday night, playing new tracks off of Skrillex produced ‘8’, and are certainly one not to miss.


Mastodon

Masters and one of the leading bands in the sludge and progressive metal community over the past sixteen years, Mastodon are no stranger to festivals, appearing at the inaugural Louder Than Life in 2014. This year saw the release of the bands ninth studio album, Emperor of the Sand, not only a game changer in the band’s career, but a breakthrough for modern metal/alternative music. You can definitely expect a handful of tunes off of the 51 minute long psychedelic trip that is “EOS” to crop in their set, but expect a powerful, aggressive and seismic performance as the Georgian Quartet ravage the Loudmouth stage on Friday night.


’68

For a duo, 68 make one hell of a racket – and a good one at that. Consisting guitarist/vocalist Josh Scogin (The Chariot) and drummer Michael McClellan, this band are raw and real; they cut the bullshit and get down to business with their straight up ballsy riffs and decadent percussion, showing the celebrated mediocrity (we’re looking at you Royal Blood), how a real two piece does the job.

 


Prophets of Rage

Prophets of Rage are the much needed coalition of the foremost artists who have dominated the scene in recent decades: bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave; DJ Lord and rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy; and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. Riotous and politically charged, they’re a prime example of a supergroup done correctly, crushing riffs, raised clench fists, and meticulously chosen setlists that project hit after hit, POR are to be missed at one’s peril.


Accompanying the great selection of music, Louder than Life also offers incredibly food stalls, a ‘Rock N’ Roll BBQ’, fan experiences and more. With such a solid lineup, reimaged venue, and wonderfully inclusive vibe, Louder Than Life 2017 promises be a weekend that you do not want to miss! Further information can be found below!

louderthanlifefestival.com

Angela Petrovic