Last week it was announced that Guns ’N' Roses would be one of the headliners of 2019's Louder Than Life music festival. This morning the event — which will take place Sept. 27-29 at the Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center (also the site of two other Danny Wimmer Presents-produced fests: Bourbon & Beyond festival later in September and the Hometown Rising Country music event earlier in the month) — unveiled the bulk of the lineup.
Louisville is becoming Music Festival USA lately — besides the aforementioned events, the city will also host Forecastle this summer.
Joining GNR at or near the top of the bill are Slipknot, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Ice Cube (?), Staind, A Day to Remember, Marilyn Manson and Die Antwoord.
See below for the (almost) complete lineup.
Friday, September 27:
Slipknot, Staind, A Day to Remember, Chevelle, I Prevail, Architects, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, GWAR, The Crystal Method, Graveyard, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, New Years Day, All Them Witches, Crown Lands, Joyous Wolf, Dead Posey, Santa Cruz and more
Saturday, September 28:
Guns N’ Roses, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Halestorm, Dropkick Murphys, Stone Temple Pilots, Suicidal Tendencies, Melvins, Andrew W.K., Badflower, Knocked Loose, Anti-Flag, Redd Kross, Parlor Mob, Like A Storm, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, DED, JunkBunny and more
Sunday, September 29:
Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Die Antwoord, Three Days Grace, Sum 41, [artist TBA], Deadland Ritual, White Reaper, Demon Hunter, Ho99o9, Angel Du$t, Sick Puppies, Amigo The Devil, Fire From The Gods, Broken Hands, Anemic Royalty and more
Here are more details regarding the food, drink and camping options at the event (from the LTL press release):
Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce a collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner. Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth shattering music of Metallica, and Enter Night Pilsner, a collaboration with the rockstars of craft brewing Stone Brewing Company, will come together under one roof to offer guests a one-of-kind musical festival experience. The massive BoilerMaker pop-up will feature a Blackened & Enter Night Boilermaker, as well as craft cocktails and ice-cold Enter Night Pilsner. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals. More info to come…
The festival’s centerpiece, Kroger’s Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier Journal, will feature more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries, and a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails from 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rebel Yell, StoneHammer, Wild Turkey and more to be announced.
Fred Minnick’s Mini Bar--hosted by the Louder Than Life bourbon curator, bourbon author/expert, and Amazon Prime host (Bourbon Up)--will showcase craft selections from Louisville’s world-renowned distilleries. Acclaimed Louisville whiskey bar The Silver Dollar will operate The Hunter’s Club, where attendees can find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary collectibles.
The initial list of participating bourbon brands at Louder Than Life includes 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, Jim Beam, Kentucky Peerless, Larceny, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rebel Yell, StoneHammer, Wild Turkey, Willett, and Woodford Reserve.
Whiskey sponsors also include Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort and Uncle Nearest.
Additional bourbon, food & beverage, and other experiences available onsite include:
● Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Sports Bar, where guests can enjoy NFL and college football games
● Tiki Barrel Bar presented by Jim Beam
● Jack’s House presented by Jack Daniel’s
● Jailhouse BBQ Presented by Larceny Bourbon
● Buffalo Club
● Mardi Gras Bar presented by Southern Comfort
● The Speakeasy
● Tree Bar
● Monster Energy Experience
● f.y.e. Fan Experience
● Craft Beer Bar
● Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program
● Mint Julep Experiences (exclusive distillery excursions)
● Take Me Home
● The Music Experience
In addition, attendees can enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP’s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC. Festival attendees will be able to experience a taste of Louisville with selections from the following restaurants: Boss Hog BBQ, Couvillion, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Eli’s BBQ, Heine Brothers Coffee, Hull And Highwater, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Martin’s BBQ, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, River Road BBQ, Sarino, Seviche, and more.
Look for more food experience details to be announced soon.
Ticket prices for Louder Than Life will be as follows:
● 3-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 + fees
● 3-Day Mint Experience VIP: starting at $449.50 + fees
● 3-Day Top Shelf VIP: $1,399.50 + fees
● Single Day General Admission: starting at $69.50 + fees
● Single Day VIP: starting at $199.50 + fees
Camping spaces for cars, tents, and RVs start at just $145.00 and include 4 nights’ stay in the Louder Than Life campgrounds. Camping passes also allow patrons re-entry privileges to and from the festival site all weekend long.