The lineup for the seventh annual Monster Energy Aftershock has been announced, as California’s biggest rock festival returns to Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, California, Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14.
System of a Down, Deftones, Alice in Chains, Incubus, Godsmack, Shinedown, 311, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, At the Drive-In, Seether and Jonathan Davis lead the lineup for the festival.
Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents hinted at the lineup in February with a teaser video that had many correctly guessing that System of a Down would be one of the headliners. The band will make its Aftershock debut in 2018, marking its first-announced appearance in the States in three years, as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of its self-titled first album.
Also leading the talent lineup is Sacramento’s Deftones, who make their debut as a headlining act at Aftershock after previously playing the festival in 2012 and 2015. It’s been seven years since Deftones’ last headlining hometown performance, and the band will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
VIP and General Admission tickets will be available starting at noon PDT Friday, April 13. Visit www.AftershockFestival.com for more details.
“Sacto, we’re coming for you. Proud that you’re our capital and not D.C.,” said System of a Down’s Serj Tankian. The band’s guitarist/vocalist, Daron Malakian, said, “It’s been a minute since we’ve played Sacramento, so it just felt right to return by headlining Aftershock.”
“Sacto!! We can’t wait to be a part of Aftershock this year,” said Godsmack’s Sully Erna. “Do not miss this show! It’s big, it’s loud and it’s angry…So buckle up, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fasssst!!! See ya in Oct.!”
The current band lineup for Aftershock is as follows: System of a Down, Deftones, Alice in Chains, Incubus, Godsmack, Shinedown, 311, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, At the Drive-In, Seether, Jonathan Davis, Bullet for My Valentine, Underoath, Black Veil Brides, Hellyeah, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Everlast, GWAR, Emmure, Stick to Your Guns, Dance Gavin Dance, Monster Magnet, Red Sun Rising, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Dorothy, Wage War, Plague Vendor, Hyro The Hero, Amigo the Devil, All Them Witches, Slothrust, The Dose, Viza, The Jacks and more to be announced.
In addition to performances from top music artists, attendees at this year’s Aftershock will enjoy a variety of onsite food and beverage experiences.
Eats: Food and Beverage options will be provided by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, DWP’s affiliate concessionaire. Patrons can enjoy some of Sacramento’s local favorite restaurants, cuisine and food trucks such as: Angry Bird Grill, Bacon Mania, Barrett’s Burgers, Barrett’s Sliders, Big Joe’s BBQ, Bubba’s BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, Dippin Dots Ice Cream, Dogtown, Drewski’s Hot Rod Sandwiches, Florez Bar And Grill, La Mex Taqueria, Mac Attack, Mount Olympus, Sausage King, Smokin’ Hot Pizza, Spicy Pie and Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant.
Beverages: Festivalgoers 21+ can enjoy a variety of beverages at one of the festival’s many bar locations. Specialty experiences include Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Arizona resident Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer) and the Belching Beaver Bar(featuring drafts from the Vista, California brewer, including Phantom Bride IPA, a collaboration with Deftones). Guests can also stop by Mrkt N Jolt to grab a hot coffee, cold brew or other sundry items. Coors Light, Jack Daniel’s and other options will be available throughout the festival grounds.
Aftershock also will feature a variety of unique entertainment options to go along with the music lineup, including the Monster Energy Experience (where fans can meet Aftershock artists and sample Monster beverages), The Music Experience (an interactive exhibit and musical instrument retailer) and The Student Experience, Take Me Home nonprofit animal rescue organization, Heavy Grass (check out new premium weed products and merchandise), the f.y.e. Fan Experience (where fans can purchase music from all the performing bands and take part in meet & greets and artist signings), Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer (wish-granting organization), Zippo Encore (spin the wheel to win prizes, and check out Zippo lighters, including limited-edition festival designs), and SWFTCharge (quick, portable and convenient phone-charging service).
Initial ticket prices will be as follows:
- 2-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 + fees
- 2-Day Weekend VIP: starting at $299.50 + fees
- Single Day General Admission: starting at $89.50 + fees
- Single Day VIP: starting at $179.50 + fees
A limited number of GA ticket 4-packs will also be available.
Service fees on all ticket purchases include a 50 cent charity fee for the T.J. Martell Foundation (www.tjmartell.org).
VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the venue, a shaded VIP hang area with seating for dining, a VIP-only viewing area of main stage, video screens featuring a live feed from the main stages inside the VIP hang area, upgraded food and drink selections (for additional purchase), dedicated VIP restrooms, and a commemorative Monster Energy Aftershock 2018 laminate.
As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will be available for active military through Monster Energy Aftershock partner GovX (www.govx.com).
Tickets for have sold out for three years straight. Fans are encouraged to buy early to save and to secure a spot at this year’s event.
Aftershock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America, including Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air, Bourbon & Beyond, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Northern Invasion and more.
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