Monday, May 2, 2011

The M3 Festival 2011

It’s Festival Week once again at The Rock And Roll Guru. This week I will be discussing five select festivals including the highs, the lows, the bands on the bill, the places to go, and why you should attend.

M3 Festival
May 13 – 14, 2011
Columbia, Maryland

In what has become known as the hair metal event of the year, M3 returns for their third year of metal madness. Taking place in Columbia, Maryland, at the Post Merriweather Pavilion, M3 has stretched itself into a 2-day event for the first time. The concerts begin on Friday, May 13th with KIX headlining the night. Then the party continues on Saturday, May 14th where Whitesnake will close out the festivities. With hair bands galore filling the bill for both nights, this is the festival for the 80s metal lover to attend.

Tickets are available through Ticketfly, a ticketing service that is a billion times better than Ticketmaster. The tickets are sold in a tiered fashion with the most expensive ticket being $175 for the VIP ticket. This package includes backstage passes with a buffet, premiere seating in the first few rows, and a private entrance. Pavilion 1 tickets are $95, Pavilion 2 tickets are $65, and Lawn tickets are $45. There are individual day tickets on sale as well for fans who do not want to attend both dates. But who would want to miss one of these nights?

The lineup for this year’s M3 festival is intense and chock full of glam metal (as always). Friday, May 13th, which is being billed as the official “kick-off” party, has 4 great acts. Jetboy will open the evening followed by L.A. Guns, Warrant, and the headliners of the night, KIX. Now that is my idea of an opening night!

The fun continues as the acts get even bigger for day two. Faster Pussycat, Hurtsmile (Gary Cherone’s new band), Slaughter, Mr. Big, Tesla, and the big headliners of the night, Whitesnake are all on the bill. Other entertainers include Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Great White, Danger Danger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Big Noize, and Black And Blue. This is a hair metal lover’s delight.

Now in its third year of entertaining the masses, the M3 music Festival gets better every year. Last year’s festival ran like a well oiled machine (until Vince Neil gummed up the works). I expect that this year’s festival will run even smoother. With almost no waiting time between bands, thanks to the 2 stage set up, M3 has worked out the kinks in their program and their third year should be their best year yet. The Post Merriweather Pavilion has been around for a while and they know how to host concert events. With plenty of concession stands, good food, and lots of cold beer, M3 is an amazing experience.

Places To Stay
Listed on the M3 website are some nearby hotels. And while there are rooms still available at most of these hotels, practically all of the double bed rooms have been sold out. If you’re going to Columbia with your sweetie, then it’s no worries all the way. However, if you’re going with your buds, expect someone to be sleeping on the floor. If you look a little further outside the immediate area of the Post Merriweather Pavilion, you’ll not only find hotels that have double bed rooms available, you’ll find that they cost less too. Cousin Ryo’s advice is to do a little research and save a few bucks.

M3 is once again the music festival of choice for the staff at Hard Rock Hideout ( After attending last year’s festival and having an amazing time, this even bigger two day event looks to bring even more thrills. With low, low ticket prices (compared to other festivals) and old school glam acts a-plenty, how do you say no to this festival? M3 looks to be the best way to kick-start the summer concert season.

Ryo’s Final Word
I am really hoping that Faster Pussycat will play their stupendous cover of “You’re So Vain.” It would just about make the entire festival for me.

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