Having debuted on May 19, 2007, Rock on the Range is an annual rock festival featuring mainstream rock bands such as ZZ Top, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Ministry and even Marilyn Manson . The festival originated in Columbus, Ohio at what was then called Crew Stadium. The stadium is now called MAPFRE Stadium and last year it was host to 120,000 music fans from all over the country.
When the festival first began, it ran from noon until 11:00 PM for one day and hosted 35,000 attendees. It featured 14 bands on two stages. The following year, it was decided to turn the festival into an annual event and on June 27, 2007 a second venue in Winnipeg, Manitoba was added (Canad Inns Stadium). The Columbus event takes place in mid-May and has gone from a one day event to a three day event featuring 60 bands on three stages. Rock on the Range has even added a standup comedy tent and managed to completely sell out the entire venue in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Ticket prices range from $50-$65 per day depending on whether or not the ticket holder wants field access.
Festivals are once again becoming popular all over the world, whether it is the Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, the Download Festival in Derby, England, Lollapalooza in Chicago or the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, fans gather from far and wide to enjoy several days of music, food and fun. In 2015, the Rock on the Range Festival even featured two Japanese acts, Babymetal and Vamps and it appears that the event is gaining momentum as the years go by.
If you have never attended a rock festival, make a point of seeing at least one in your lifetime. It is a fun and relatively inexpensive way to see a multitude of performers in a casual setting and a good way to keep the music alive.
Web Page: http://rockontherange.com/
Address: 1 Black and Gold Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43211-2091