Summer will have officially ended a week before the Louder Than Life festival takes place Sept. 28-30 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky, but the three-day weekend is guaranteed to be hot, hot, hot thanks to an incredible festival lineup. Avenged Sevenfold, Nine Inch Nails and Godsmack will be the event’s headliners and Bush, Limp Bizkit, Clutch, Yelawolf, Black Stone Cherry, Asking Alexandria and Shinedown will also be performing. The remainder of the lineup is equally as strong, but here we suggest five acts that you shouldn’t miss.
Bad Wolves – (Friday)
This pack of rockers just started howling last year but they are far from beginners; the group is made up of former members of DevilDriver, Divine Heresy, In This Moment, God Forbid and Bury Your Dead. No wonder they have a reputation for being a “sonic wrecking ball!” Expect to hear plenty from the new Bad Wolves album Disobey, including a stunning cover of the Cranberries hit “Zombie.”
GWAR – (Saturday)
The backstory on GWAR is that they are a bunch of screw-ups from outer space that got banished to Earth where they were supposed to conquer the planet. Despite suffering constant line-up changes and the death of three members over the years, GWAR have done a pretty good job of conquering the planet and accruing a massive group of fans, who call themselves Bohabs. Did we mention that the members of GWAR perform in outrageous “space dinosaur” costumes?
Bullet for my Valentine – (Saturday)
They say that gravity can really get you down. The upcoming Bullet for my Valentine album Gravity, on the other hand, will more likely have fans of the Welsh metal band floating joyfully off into the ether. Gravity drops on June 29, so fans will have a few months to get familiar with the album before BFMV showcases the record at the festival. The band’s fans are legion and fervent, so if you want to mosh or otherwise get up front, head there early.
Ice Cube – (Sunday)
Cube is only a few years away from celebrating 30-years as an actor; his musical career has already surpassed that mark. No matter how successful he is with his other ventures, Ice Cube’s defining moment will probably always be his role as a member of gangsta rap group N.W.A. where he played a big part in defining the genre. Accordingly, expect Cube’s show to include material from throughout his career but to focus on N.W.A.’s seminal Straight Outta Compton album.
Billy Idol – (Sunday)
Start practicing your sneer now so that you can sing along when this British hit-maker takes the stage to perform cuts like “White Wedding,” “Eyes Without a Face,” “Flesh for Fantasy,” “Dancing with Myself” and of course “Rebel Yell.” If you don’t know the “dirty" lyrics to Idol’s cover of the Tommy James chestnut “Mony Mony,” well, we can’t tell you here. But Google will give you the raunchy lyrics without any hint of embarrassment.