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FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT AND PREVIEW: MONSTER ENERGY'S AFTERSHOCK

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Are you ready for one of the most awe-inspiring lineups to hit the U.S festival circuit in the last 10 years?  If your answer is a resounding "Hell Yes", you have come to the right place – Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival.  On October 13th and 14th, 35 incredible bands will descend on Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA for what will no doubt be the largest rock festival in California this year.  In addition to the epic slate of performers at this year’s event, festival attendees will be captivated by a slew of interactive on-site experiences designed to engage one’s mind and capture one’s soul from the moment they step foot onto the festival grounds.   

Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents hinted at the lineup in February with a teaser video that had many correctly guessing that System Of A Down would be one of the headliners. The band makes their Monster Energy Aftershock debut in 2018, marking their first-announced appearance in the States in three years, as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark self-titled first album.

"Sacto, we're coming for you. Proud that you're our capital and not D.C.,” says System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, and the band’s guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian says, “It’s been a minute since we’ve played Sacramento, so it just felt right to return by headlining Aftershock.”

Also leading the talent lineup is Sacramento’s own Deftones, who make their debut as a headlining act at Monster Energy Aftershock after previously playing the festival in 2012 and 2015. It’s been seven years since Deftones’ last headlining hometown performance, and the band will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.

Whether you a die-hard rocker or new to the festival scene altogether, the seventh annual Aftershock Festival will be your opportunity to pay homage to some of the most amazing bands of our generation.  This year, From the cerebral and visceral sound of System Of A Down to the Deftones crushing guitar riffs, this year's epic lineup will have something for even the most discerning music fanatic.  And in addition to this year’s iconic headliners, metal heavyweights such as Alice in Chains, Incubus, Godsmack, Shinedown, 311, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, At The Drive-In, Seether, and Jonathan Davis will be performing on the main stage this year and are sure to conjure up an energy that will bring the 45,000+ fans off their feet and into a frenzied state of heavy metal bliss. Are you ready to rock?!?!

The current band lineup for Monster Energy Aftershock is as follows: System Of A Down, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Godsmack, Shinedown, 311, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, At The Drive-In, Seether, Jonathan Davis, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Black Veil Brides, Hellyeah, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Everlast, GWAR, Emmure, Stick To Your Guns, Dance Gavin Dance, Monster Magnet, Red Sun Rising, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Dorothy, Wage War, Plague Vendor, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, All Them Witches, Slothrust, The Dose, Viza, The Jacks and more to be announced.

 

In addition to performances from top music artists, attendees at this year's Monster Energy Aftershock will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage experiences:

Eats:  Food and Beverage options will be provided by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, DWP's affiliate concessionaire. Patrons can enjoy some of Sacramento’s local favorite restaurants, cuisine and food trucks such as: Angry Bird Grill, Bacon Mania, Barrett’s Burgers, Barrett’s Sliders, Big Joe’s BBQ, Bubba’s BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, Dippin Dots Ice Cream, Dogtown, Drewski’s Hot Rod Sandwiches, Florez Bar And Grill, La Mex Taqueria, Mac Attack, Mount Olympus, Sausage King, Smokin’ Hot Pizza, Spicy Pie and Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant.

Beverages: Festivalgoers 21+ can enjoy a variety of beverages at one of the festival's many bar locations. Specialty experiences include Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer) and the Belching Beaver Bar (featuring drafts from the Vista, California brewer, including Phantom Bride IPA, a collaboration with Deftones). Guests can also stop by Mrkt N Jolt to grab a hot coffee, cold brew or other sundry items. Coors Light, Jack Daniel's and other options will be available throughout the festival grounds.

Interactive Experiences:  Monster Energy Aftershock will also feature a variety of unique entertainment options to go along with the incredible music lineup, including the Monster Energy Experience (where fans can meet Aftershock artists and sample Monster beverages), The Music Experience (an interactive exhibit and musical instrument retailer) and The Student Experience, Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue organization, Heavy Grass (check out new premium weed products and merchandise), the f.y.e. Fan Experience (where fans can purchase music from all the performing bands and take part in meet & greets and artist signings), Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer (wish-granting organization), Zippo Encore (spin the wheel to win prizes, and check out Zippo lighters, including limited-edition festival designs), and SWFTCharge (quick, portable and convenient phone-charging service).

 

Monster Energy Aftershock tickets, as well as hotel and VIP packages, are on sale starting Friday, April 13 at www.AftershockFestival.com.

Initial ticket prices will be as follows:

  • 2-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 + fees
  • 2-Day Weekend VIP: starting at $299.50 + fees
  • Single Day General Admission: starting at $89.50 + fees
  • Single Day VIP: starting at $179.50 + fees

A limited number of GA ticket 4-packs will also be available.  Service fees on all ticket purchases include a 50-cent charity fee for the T.J. Martell Foundation (www.tjmartell.org).

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the venue, a shaded VIP hang area with seating for dining, a VIP-only viewing area of main stage, video screens featuring a live feed from the main stages inside the VIP hang area, upgraded food and drink selections (for additional purchase), dedicated VIP restrooms, and a commemorative Monster Energy Aftershock 2018 laminate.

As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Monster Energy Aftershock partner GovX (www.govx.com).

Tickets for Monster Energy Aftershock have sold out for three years straight. Fans are encouraged to buy early to save, and to secure a spot at this year’s event.

 

Bottom-line, Monster Energy’s Seventh Annual Aftershock Festival is definitely going to be a "bucket-list" event for the ages.  Whether your young (or just young at heart), this could be your last chance this year to throw your fists in the air with 45,000 of your closest friends.  Grab your tickets on Friday the 13th and plan on getting to the show early.  You'll want to ensure you are front and center for what will undoubtedly be one of the most impressive rock festivals anywhere in the world in 2018!

Stay Frosty and see you in Sacramento on Oct 13th!

 

For more information on Monster Energy Aftershock, visit:

Website: www.AftershockFestival.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AftershockFestival

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AftershockSac

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AftershockConcert/

Matthew Belter

Editor - Long Beach

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