Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rock Fest 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.

Rock Fest
July 14 – 17, 2011
Cadott, Wisconsin

Rock Fest has been around since 1994, and with the lineup they have put together for 2011, this looks to be one of the best hard rock festivals of the summer. With some of the hardest rocking bands on tour this year, campgrounds onsite, and beer tents galore, this festival located in Wisconsin looks to be barrels of fun! The bands performing range from Slaughter and Cinderella to Hinder and Avenged Sevenfold. It is a hard rock enthusiasts’ dream!

Tickets are available for purchase on the rock fest website ( There are several ticket options for this fest. A one day ticket can be purchased for $77.50. A 4-day pass will cost $155. For $250 you can purchase the reserve lawn chair seating, which gives you seats directly behind the VIP seating. No other benefits come with this option other than you get to keep the chair. For $500, the VIP upgrade package is all yours. The VIP package includes: reserved seating up front for the shows, premium parking, lunch and dinner at the Rock Fest CafĂ©, unlimited beverages (water, soft drinks, beer, and wine). The website claims the food is great, but I’ve a feeling it’s nothing more than burgers and dogs. Call me skeptical.

The lineup for this year’s rock fest is simply spectacular. Over the course of four days, fans will see Slaughter, Cinderella, Three Days Grace, Rob Zombie, Saliva, Skillet, Hinder, Kid Rock, Chevelle, Seether, Avenged Sevenfold, Jackyl, Tesla, Heart, and Def Leppard. That is quite a lot of high quality, top acts performing. It’s one of the best festival lineups of the summer.

Rock Fest has been rocking Cadott, Wisconsin, for 18 years. It’s one of the longest running annual rock festivals. 2011 is the sixth year that the festival is a four day event. Prior to that, the festival was a one or two day event. Having held this festival for many years, the organizers of the event know what they are doing and constantly strive to make sure that the fans needs are met. Taking place at an amphitheater, there is plenty to eat and drink while enjoying your favorite bands. The variety of different types of rock bands that are performing has always been the biggest draw for rock fest’s rich history.

Places To Stay
Camping is available right onsite. The campgrounds open three days before the event kicks off and remain open until the final day of the event (Sunday, July 17th). For $105 ticket holders can purchase a campsite. However, every other person in the party will still need to purchase an all access pass (at $30 a pop). So if you are attending the concert with three friends, the campsite will cost you $195. That’s a little high to cousin Ryo.

For those not willing to shell out that type of money, there are nearby hotels/motels that you can stay at. While these aren’t listed on the festival website, there are a few options for the rock traveler. In Cadott there is Cadott Countryside Motel. It is the only motel located in Cadott.

Just outside of Cadott there is a Super 8 located in Stanley and Country Inn Suites located in Chippewa Falls. Both are close enough to the venue, but still require a drive which means needing to park the car on site. As hotel/motel options are pretty scarce in the area, I recommend making your reservations as soon as you purchase your tickets.

The Rock Fest has one of the greatest lineups of the summer. If you are looking for a chance to see some amazing rock and roll acts, but can’t justify the cost of seeing each band individually, then this is the best way to see them all in one sitting. You can cram your entire summer concert series into this four day event and not need to take in another show until next year.

Ryo’s Final Word
While the lineup looks incredible for this concert, ticket prices are a little on the high side compared with other festivals. $155 for a four day pass isn’t bad, but the seating for that price is. And $250 to sit on the lawn (if you purchase the reserve lawn chair seating) is way too much. The price of camping is just flat out ridiculous. It looks like Rock Fest is trying to make a quick buck on the backs of metal fans. What a shame.

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