We are officially inside the red zone for Rock Allegiance, as the annual festival’s set times were announced the other day, and while our predictions weren’t entirely off, there are some pleasant surprises in the announcement. Have a look at the set times and then we’ll have our thoughts on the way the lineup is constructed. We’ve put the ones that are noteworthy in bold
*Copy/paste from the press release*
|Main Stage||Stage 2|
|11:15 PM||Rob Zombie||8:55 PM||Mastodon|
|9:45 PM||Five Finger Death Punch||7:15 PM||Gojira|
|8:00 PM||Marilyn Manson||5:45 PM||Beartooth|
|6:25 PM||Halestorm||4:45 PM||Greta Van Fleet|
|4:00 PM||In This Moment||3:25 PM||Joyous Wolf|
|2:45 PM||Steel Panther|
|6:35 PM||August Burns Red|
|3:50 PM||Black Map|
|1:50 PM||He Is Legend|
Most of this is fairly straightforward. Rob Zombie gets the 11:15 headline slot that could have just as easily gone to Five Finger Death Punch, but Zombie headlining is no surprise at all. What does come as a bit of a surprise is that In This Moment, Steel Panther and Radkey all have main stage slots. We expected Mastodon to play the main stage, along with maybe Gojira, but we certainly weren’t expecting ITM, Steel Panther and Radkey to all have main stage sets. That leaves Mastodon with an 8:55 second stage slot, which is kind of a disappointment. Gojira should have gotten the second-stage closer slot and Steel Panther should have been on that bill right before them.
The really great surprise is that rock n roll newcomers Greta Van Fleet are playing a much-deserved second-stage slot. We expected them to play stage 3, but they’ve done enough to earn stage 2 so early in their careers that it’s a very nice surprise to see them rewarded for their talent and hard work. Playing stage 2 means more people will see them and hear their music, and they’re going to flat out explode after Rock Allegiance. Joyous Wolf looks like a new addition to the festival lineup and managed to sneak onto the second stage, bumping August Burns Red to a 6:35 slot on stage 3.
The rest of the lineup shook out pretty much the way we thought it would, but there are definitely some noteworthy surprises that will make covering the festival a bit difficult to keep up with. Luckily, the set times are scattered enough for a photographer to conceivable run between stages in time to get every band. We’re waiting to hear back on whether we’ll be covering Rock Allegiance on-site this year, and we’ll have a ton of coverage if we do. Stay tuned.