Friday, April 23, 2010

M3 Festival

It’s festival week here at The Rock and Roll Guru! This week I’ll be discussing the upcoming summer festivals and highlighting the highs, lows, and all the in-betweens of each. I’ve selected five festivals and will post daily on each. Enjoy!


Taking place in Columbia, Maryland, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, the M3 Festival is hard rock and heavy metal at its finest. With old school metal, hair metal, and nostalgic hard rock acts all on the bill, M3 looks to be one of the best festivals of the summer. Taking place over the course of just one day, M3 packs more metal into a short period of time than your old high school metal shop class. M3 is a rocker’s delight.

Tickets are available through Ticketfly, a new ticketing service that is standing up to Ticketmaster. The ordering process is painless and simple, the fees are low and transparent, and the entire ordering process is quick and simple.

Tickets are available in a tiered pricing system from $175 for the best seats, $75, $55, and $35 for lawn seats (all before fees). On the lower end ($55 and $35) these are the best festival prices I have seen for 2010. When you factor in the lineup for this day, it’s almost a no-brainer to attend this show.

Going out on what they proclaim to be their farewell tour, The Scorpions are the big headliners of the night. Supporting acts include Cinderella, Vince Neil, Winger, Warrant, Kix, Nelson, and some other 80s metal favorites. For the price of the ticket, this festival would be worth going to just to see The Scorpions and Cinderella. When you add the other top name acts into this lineup, it’s a fantastic day of hard rocking fun.

This festival is relatively new to the scene. M3 began last year by bringing top name acts such as Twisted Sister, Extreme, Ratt, Dokken, Slaughter, and others. Fan polls and media reviews show that it was a professional experience, easy to get to, and well maintained. M3 plans to continue the great service in 2010 for year number two. If all goes well, M3 should be back for many more years.

Places To Stay
Since this is a one day festival, there is no camping available at the Post Pavilion. There are plenty of nearby hotels though. The Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott, Staybridge Suites and the Hampton Inn are all within a five mile radius of the Pavilion. Hotel rooms, like tickets for this show, are going fast, so make your reservations now if you plan on attending. A full list of hotels can be found on the M3 web.

This is the festival that cousin Ryo is attending in 2010. With an amazing lineup of old school glam metal acts crammed into one rocking day, low ticket prices, and an experience that can’t be repeated, M3 is the ultimate hard rock festival. Entering into its second year, the future looks very bright for this rock and roll extravaganza.

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