You’ll want to start planning now for three back-to-back music festivals in September that will bring together legendary bands and Rebel Yell bourbon.The festivals take place at Highland Festival Grounds, a new venue at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, each festival focuses on a different genre: country, mainstream rock, and hard rock/metal. In addition to music, they’ll have food from favorite local eateries and — this being bourbon country — a major focus on bourbon.
In short:Three head-banging daysof hard rock, metal, and whiskey
The 411: Now on year five, and with 45 acts on three stages, this festival is true to its name: loud and proud
The music: Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Ice Cube, Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, and Andrew W.K.
The eats: Among 34 fine food stands, seek out Master of Patties, a burger joint with exotic twists such as the Philly and the Hawaiian
The bourbon: With 10 bars, the bourbon’s flowing, but check out The Tree Bar, where you can sip your drink under a large shade tree
The special perk: A Music Experience Tent has all your music-making gear in one place — guitars, amps, drums, the whole enchilada. Drop by and demonstrate your most convincing Hendrix. (But please don’t light the guitar on fire.)
Where’s the Rebel Yell: Kroger’s Big Bourbon Bar, plus more TBA
Why it’s a must: This is the first time Guns N’ Roses is playing in 2019, and it’s Staind’s first show in five years. As Staindfrontman Aaron Lewis might sing, “It’s Been Awhile.”
If you’re game for all three festivals, buy the Trifesta Pass, which allows general admission weekend access for $229, plus fees. That’s a lot of music bang for your buck.
All three shows allow camping at an on-site campground with bathrooms, showers, concession stands, and access to a bowling facility. It’s $125 for a car camping pass or $200 for an RV.