(PCM) It was truly an epic year for Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion festival held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with over 90,000 die hard rock fans in attendance over the course of the three-day weekend. It has been truly amazing to watch how this festival has continued to grow in leaps and bounds over the last several years and it has truly cemented itself as one of the country’s top rock festivals included in the World’s Loudest Month.
This year over 60 bands graced four stages and AXS TV was broadcasting live, providing an inside look at Carolina Rebellion for everyone stuck at home. The 6th Annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion marked the launch of the legendary Scorpions’ U.S. tour – part of their 50th Anniversary World Tour – with Motörhead’s Mikkey Dee filling in on drums. The festival also featured performances from Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Deftones, A Day To Remember, 3 Doors Down, Bring Me The Horizon, Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Lamb Of God, plus Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alice Cooper, thrash pioneers Megadeth and Anthrax, and many more.
We were able to catch a ton of great performances over the course of the weekend, as well as, capture exclusive interviews with artists such as Cypress Hill, Sick Puppies, POD, Escape The Fate, Lacey Strum, Thousand Foot Krutch, Filter, Anthrax and many more! See below for a look at who we thought provided some of the best performances at Carolina Rebellion 2016!
The “Rebels” were out and about bright and early to catch sets from Stitched Up Heart, who certainly won over our heart at this year’s festival, as well as former Flyleaf front woman Lacey Strum and rockers Sick Puppies. Talk about a wake-up call and perfectly setting the pace for the rest of the day’s performances.
The Friday line-up featured something for just about every time of music fan no matter which generation they happen to be a part of! Escape The Fate brought a new rock appeal, throwing down an incredibly energetic afternoon performance, while SIXX:A.M. provided a perfect generational balance bringing together both old fans and new through the unifying force of music and their overall message of hope amidst the trying times we live in today.
3 Doors Down, Lynryd Skynyrd, and The Scorpions certainly brought back a ton of memories as we found ourselves completely immersed in their performances to close out the day.
Escape The Fate
3 Doors Down
It was emphasis was on the heavier side of this years line-up with Saturday’s ecletic array of artist performances. Starting out early with incredible multi instrumentalist Andrew Watt, followed by blistering performances from both P.O.D. and Parkway Drive. In fact, without a doubt one of the craziest crowds/mosh pits of the weekend surely occurred during Parkway Drive, as it was just utter insanity out on the field.
Anthrax provided us with a taste of some classic thrash, while Ghost saw one of the largest crowds of the day. This band needs to graduate to main stage rather soon, as the side stage areas can barely contain their crowds these days. A Day To Remember brought down the house as usual and set the pace for the rest of the evening, gearing us up for delightfully brutal sets from Lamb Of God, followed by Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown to close out the night.
A Day To Remember
Lamb Of God
Five Finger Death Punch
The final day of Carolina Rebellion is always a sad day, however Sunday’s stellar line-up to close out certainly assisted with easing our pain. Blasting off to an early start with a hip-hop vibe we saw sets from rapper Yelawolf, as well as, Cypress Hill, who we have to say did a fantastic job of playing off the crowd.
People are still incredibly curious in regards to Japan’s Babymetal and they certainly had one of the most insane crowds of the afternoon. We have never seen so many people jammed at the side stage area, so much so that you couldn’t even move. These young ladies are fantastic and their backing band is just incredible. Everyone needs to witness Babymetal at least once in their lives.
We could not have been happier than to have sets from the legendary Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Disturbed close out the evening. Taking a trip on the festival’s Ferris Wheel and seeing both the massive crowd for Cooper and Zombie at the same time from high above the festival grounds is a sight that we will surely never forget! Can it be next year already? We absolutely can’t wait to see how the festival producers will top Carolina Rebellion 2016, however we are absolutely certain that it will rock in 2017!