Sold-out Inkcarceration festival draws 75,000

Closing out its most successful year to date, the sold-out 2022 edition of the Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, co-produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, welcomed 75,000 fans for three days of performances from 60 bands on multiple stages, as well as appearances by more than 60 tattoo artists.

The three-day weekend, July 15 to 17, was held at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield (the site made famous in “The Shawshank Redemption”). In total, it’s estimated that upwards of $10 million was invested back into the local economy in Richland County with more than 50% of festival-goers hailing from outside of Ohio, according to Destination Mansfield President Lee Tasseff.

Attendees enjoyed a lineup with headlining performances from Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence and Disturbed, with additional performances from Lamb of God, Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse, Three Days Grace, Seether, Black Label Society and many more.

The weekend also included some special unannounced moments, including Disturbed performing its just-released new track “Hey You” live for one of the first times and Lacuna Coil announcing a remade 20th anniversary edition of their seminal album “Comalies” and premiering a new version of track “Tight Rope XX” during its set. See Lacuna coil talk about the project in an interview with “That Space Zebra Show” on DWPresents Twitch channel:

Falling in Reverse offered a live debut of its new song “Voices in My Head” and Saint Asonia frontman Adam Gontier appeared as a guest in Breaking Benjamin’s set. Plus, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society talked about his involvement with the upcoming Pantera tribute shows for the first time during an interview with Jose Mangin and Matt Pinfield for “That Space Zebra Show” on DWPresents Twitch channel. Check out the interview here: 

Young, unsigned Atlanta band Silly Goose made a surprise appearance at the festiva,l closing out the CB Entertainment Stage on Sunday after an impromptu parking lot performance on a flatbed pickup truck that had fans clamoring for more and caught the attention of DWP’s Danny Wimmer. This led to an announcement that they were being booked to perform at Louder Than Life this September in Louisville and signed to a developmental record deal on Alchemy Recordings. 

The weekend was hosted by official emcee Jose “Metal Ambassador” Mangin of SiriusXM fame. Fans from around the world also tuned in to “That Space Zebra Show” on DWPresents Twitch channel ( throughout the Inkcarceration weekend for an immersive backstage experience every day of the festival, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes action and artist interviews with DWPresents hosts Jose Mangin, MTV personality Matt Pinfield and Josh Balz, as well as a special guest appearance by festival co-producer Danny Wimmer. In total, more than 100,000 fans tuned into DWP’s online programming and interviews throughout the weekend.

In addition to enjoying the music lineup, fans were able to book appointments with more than 60 tattoo artists and participate in nightly tattoo competitions, and received complimentary tours of the famous Ohio State Reformatory prison. There was also a wide selection of gourmet food and beverages, camping and the return of the award-winning Haunted House attraction Escape from Blood Prison, plus fan-favorite festival activations.

Inkcarceration is co-produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America, and Daniel Janssen, one of the founders and General Manager of Inkcarceration Festival.

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