The inaugural Revolution Rock Festival took center stage at Foxwoods Resort and Casino this past weekend. At eleven o’clock, when the doors opened, enthusiastic fans rushed through the parking lot to get their spot at the stage where their favorite artist was playing. There were 2 stages that would be busy the entire day. The on-slot of postings started to fill up social media, as to where they were and who they were waiting to see.
Smashing Satellites and Crobot were first two bands to kick off a late summer afternoon of mayhem. Many people were shocked that Anthrax took to the stage in an early time slot. During their set, they explained that they had a show in NYC that night as well. They got the fans cranked up with their set, and the mosh pit was going nuts and crowd surfers were coming over the rail in abundance.
Devour The Day and Twelve Foot Ninja took the mid-afternoon time slots and keep the crowd flowing. Massachusetts natives, Killswitch Engage let loose on the main stage and tore up the fans in attendance. Fans were a little tired after their set from bouncing around in the pit. Kyng and Of Mice and Men kept the day flowing. Chevelle and The Amity Affliction filled the late afternoon time slots and kept things right on target.
Nothing More and Volbeat were the surprises of the day, as many were commenting that they have not seen either artist before, and left the fans in awe.
As darkness fell upon the crowd, Sevendust took control of getting the night festivities started and kicked everyone’s ass. They never fail to bring it! The crowd was still buzzing after their set as they walked across the parking lot to catch Slayer’s set. I thought that Anthrax’s crowd was out of control, but Slayer’s fans were just as cranked up. Their set was an intense, high energy and the band was feeding off the crowd.
Ghost and Avenged Sevenfold closed the late summer evening hyjinx and the crowd stayed to the bitter end. I have never seen Ghost before, and left a fan and I must catch another one of their shows. Avenged, what can one say about them? They know how to wow a crowd and keep the high energy flowing until the last note.
There were rumors going around that next year’s event is going to be a two-day festival, and I hope that the organizers will consider taking it to the next level. The festival was well received by fans and artists and hope to see a great line-up again next year!
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Andrea Bocelli - New York City 12/19
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