Editor’s Note: The DreadMusicReview loves festivals! JR Rockshots headed to Monster Energy’s Fort Rock, This is what she had to say about her experience:
Monster Energy Fort Rock moved to its new home at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. Fort Rock is part of The World’s Loudest Month, the U.S. festival series featuring the biggest names in rock music playing six U.S. events in distinct atmospheres during five consecutive weekends in April and May. Fans were lined up early and ready to rock!
The festival featured plenty of food and drink vendors lining the concert field on either side so it wasn’t hard to find whatever you needed on a hot sunny Florida day including Agave Taco Bar, Angry Bird Grill, the BC Taco Truck, Boot Scoot Burgers, Phat Daddy’s Creole and Captain Nemo’s Seafood. For dessert, Funnel Cake Fantasy had some amazing treats!
Monster Energy kept all the fans ready to rock by offering free sampling on the Monster Energy viewing deck, FYE hosted the fan & artist interactive experiences throughout the festival where you had the opportunity to meet your favorite rock stars and Love Hope Strength, the world’s leading Rock n Roll cancer charity had a booth at the festival to encourage people to sign up for the International Bone Marrow Registry. Alligator Ally Harley-Davidson brought JumpStart, a mounted bike you can Sit on, rev the engine, switch through the gears and experience what it would be like to ride a Harley-Davidson for the first time.
The Day 1 lineup included Bad Wolves, ’68, Texas Hippie Coalition, Power Trip, Trivium, Hatebreed, Underoath, Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch and Godsmack
The Day 2 lineup included Toothgrinder, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Avatar, Red Sun Rising, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Hollywood Undead, Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Sour, Breaking Benjamin and Ozzy Osbourne
As it drew closer to the end of the festival the energy in the crowd was rising, the drinks were flowing and the family of music fans came together under the full moon, a perfect setting for Ozzy who will bid farewell to his over 50 years on the road with one last tour. Ozzy was joined by Zakk Wylde (guitar), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).
From magnificent headliners in the form of Ozzy Osbourne and Godsmack to the festival’s ease of access with side by side stages, everything played its part perfectly as a crowd of fans from every age group and every genre were present for the weekend. Fort Rock proves again to be one of the best festivals in Florida, and one of the fastest growing with new and bigger acts added to the lineup every year.