DIRT FEST 2016 – ROCKWELL UNSCENE RECAP
Among all the festivals on our calendar this summer was Dirt Fest, held in downtown Pontiac, Michigan (for the first time in 2016). So what is Dirt Fest? At its core, Dirt Fest is a platform for local bands to be spotlighted with those that have busted out of their local Michigan scene onto national stages. Dirt Fest also gives local bands the chance to play with up and coming bands from around the U.S. and established international metal and hardcore acts. So what is it like to spend the day at Dirt Fest? Here is a quick recap…
Despite the August heat that made you feel like you were a wet cat thrown into a dryer, thousands of hard and heavy music fans made their way to the Crofoot Ballroom and Festival Grounds in downtown Pontiac. Not only were fans treated to five stages of music, they got to hear bands that are dominating the international music scene like Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, and Asking Alexandria.
One of the headliners that stole the show on the Crofoot Ballroom stage was L.A.’s very own Westfield Massacre. This band is so metal that not only does their music grab your eardrums and blast them to the core, it rips the nails right off your toes. I know I am not the only one that got this impression because the sound and light guys, who were in front of me on the second floor, raised their fists into the air when “Darkness Divides” crushed those in it’s audio wake. Their heads began to bang and their jaws dropped. If you like it hard, you need to get to know Westfield Massacre.
As I said before, festivals feature headliners at the top of the music world – including Killswitch Engage, who absolutely killed it at Dirt Fest. Fans went wild with pits, body passing, and nothing but love for this epic band.
A live performance by Hatebreed never lets you down. Their set at Dirt Fest lived up to what fans have come to love about the band. When we at ROCKwell UnScene chatted with Frank from Hatebreed, he told us about their love for playing on stage and playing in Michigan. They even filmed a video there. Check back here at Tattoo.com for our interviews with Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, and Westfield Massacre coming soon.
For fans that like Warped Tour veteran metal bands, Dirt Fest had you covered. Asking Alexandra was in the house and played to a crowd of fans, both loyal and new. With a killer set, they won over us all.
Attila also brought many of the younger fans front and center at the main stage for their set.
Festivals are a great place to bring together music fans of all ages that span every walk of life who come to one place for one reason, and that is to be rocked to the core. That is what went down at Dirt Fest. If you want to participate in an experience like this, get out and support a live show near you. Without the support of your live and local music scene, bands and regional festivals like Dirt Fest cannot survive.