(PCM) Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion festival held at the Rock City Campgrounds of the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC May 2nd and 3rd, celebrated its’ five year anniversary in quite the epic fashion with a sell-out crowd of over 80,000 in attendance each day. It now seems that the festival has truly found its’ home at the Speedway and Carolina Rebellion 2015 was certainly the biggest and best yet!
We couldn’t believe our eyes when first entering the festival grounds and seeing just how much of an expansion took place over the past year. The days of sound bleed between the stages and people being over-crowded in one area are long gone. The expansion of the festival grounds provided a much more open and less congested feel throughout the course of the weekend. Also, the addition of not only one, but two VIP tents this year also did an amazing job at making the crowd a bit more comfortable as they featured their own private bathrooms, bars and of course delicious food.
Aside from of course the music which we will get to in a second, Carolina Rebellion provided a ton of activities throughout the festival grounds to keep attendees entertained in-between performances or when you needed a break from the chaos. Crazy Dave’s Music Experience had a huge tent set up where you could escape for a little bit and try out several instruments, as well as, tour the incredible Dimebag Darrell exhibit. We also took the virtual tour of the Jack Daniels distillery as well as, sampled some incredible food choices from various vendors. Trust us, the Munch Bowl from the Up In Smoke truck was pure heaven!
The spirit and diversity of music is truly what Carolina Rebellion is all about and this year’s line-up certainly did not disappoint. We started off Saturday catching sets from Islander, We Are Harlot, Of Mice & Men. The party really got started once Hollywood Undead took to the stage, definitely one of my festival favorites, plus we got to witness J-Dog propose to his girlfriend Vanessa in front of everyone in attendance (for those wondering…she said yes, of course). Newcomers Periphery put on an excellent show and mid-afternoon sets from both Papa Roach and Rise Against kept the crowd amped and energized for the evenings headline performances from both Marilyn Manson and Korn.
On Sunday we started our day with quite a wake-up call from The Butcher Babies who provided a jolt of pure adrenaline to anyone watching their set. Surprisingly one of the craziest crowds of the day was for Breaking Benjamin’s performance. There were wall to wall fans absolutely losing their minds for this band and despite the fact that they took a bit of hiatus, watching them perform was like no time had passed at all. Slash feat. Myles Kennedy were fantastic and you can never go wrong with Slayer at a rock festival at any time or any place. After watching Godsmack churn through their hits, it was finally time for Slipknot to bring Carolina Rebellion 2015 to a close. Slipknot never fail to deliver live and their performance to close out Rebellion was spot-on! They create such an incredible visual spectacle on stage and are truly some of the most engaging performers currently out there today. We could think of no better way to end Carolina Rebellion 2015 and we absolutely can’t wait to do it all again next year!
Photography: Mike Sievila