Rock Fest

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Rock Fest
Genre Rock
Location(s) Cadott, Wisconsin
Years active 1994-present
Website
rock-fest.com

Rock Fest is also a block on VH1 Classic

Rock Fest is an annual four-day rock music festival located near the town of Cadott, Wisconsin. The festival site hosts two large camping areas for tents and RVs as well as a single concert area for shows, concessions, and beer tents. Rock Fest has been held annually since 1994. Rock Fest is advertised as one of the premier outdoor rock music festivals in the Midwest (see line up below). It's usually held on the third weekend (Thursday - Sunday) of July.

The Rock Fest logo
KISS at Rock Fest 2013

There are four beer pavilions that have live music performing in between main stage acts and until 2:00 am each day/night of the fest. Rock Fest also has a picture taking line that allows the fans to get up to the front of the stage.

Attendance[edit]

Iron Maiden at Rock Fest in 2012

The annual attendance of Rock Fest is between 25,000 and 35,000 people daily.[1] Some daily crowds grow closer to 50,000 people; for example in 2012 when Iron Maiden headlined the Saturday night of the festival.

Attendance is made up mostly from the Central Wisconsin region (Wausau, Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Marshfield, Wisconsin area) and the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

2014 Lineup[edit]

The full Rock Fest lineup will be announced in February 14 at 7:30am, but there have already been lineup leaks from bands:[2]

Thursday, July 17: Wayland, Winger, Steel Panther, REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar

Friday, July 18: Devour The Day, Pop Evil, Sick Puppies, Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch

Saturday, July 19: Eve To Adam, The Pretty Reckless, Live, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith

Sunday, July 20: Thousand Foot Krutch, Redlight King, P.O.D., Stone Sour, Rob Zombie - failed to perform

Previous lineups[edit]

The Offspring at Rock Fest 2013

2013[edit]

Thursday, July 18: Aranda, All That Remains, Halestorm, Seether, Three Days Grace

Friday, July 19: Bumblefist, 4th Floor, In This Moment, Nonpoint, Pop Evil, Theory of a Deadman, The Offspring, Korn

Saturday, July 20: 7 Sins, Vaudeville, Warrant, Hellyeah, Stone Sour, Slash, Megadeth, KISS

Sunday, July 21: Dirtee Circus, Otherwise, Device, Skillet, Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe

  • In This Moment had a scheduling conflict and withdrew from Rock Fest, Nonpoint was announced as their replacement on February 26, 2013.
  • Stone Sour had a scheduling conflict and withdrew from Rock Fest, Slash was announced as their replacement on April 26, 2013.

2012[edit]

Five Finger Death Punch at Rock Fest 2012

Thursday, July 19: Dilana, Art of Dying, Black Stone Cherry, Buckcherry, Shinedown

Friday, July 20: 10 Years, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack

Saturday, July 21: Adelitas Way, Sevendust, Papa Roach, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden

Sunday, July 22: FireHouse, Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Poison, Def Leppard

2011[edit]

Thursday, July 14: Slaughter, Cinderella, Three Days Grace, Rob Zombie

Friday, July 15: Rock Sugar, Saliva, Skillet, Hinder, Kid Rock

Saturday, July 16: My Darkest Days, Sick Puppies, Chevelle, Seether, Avenged Sevenfold

Sunday, July 17: Jackyl, Tesla, Heart, Ted Nugent, Def Leppard, Stone Temple Pilots

  • Heart and Def Leppard did not perform, the cancellation was due to the death of Joe Elliot's father. Ted Nugent and Stone Temple Pilots was announced as the replacements two days before the show.

2010[edit]

Vic Ferrari, Apocalyptica, Theory of a Deadman, Daughtry, Gravel Switch, Default, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Soul Asylum, Skillet, 3 Doors Down, Elements, Elmwood, Candlebox, Blue October, Collective Soul, John Mellencamp, Black Valentyne, Sleeper Cell, Trapt, Drowning Pool, Limp Bizkit, Alice in Chains

2009[edit]

Bad Downs, Blackberry Smoke, Saving Abel, Steve Miller Band, Pheromones, Saliva, Lifehouse, Seether, Barenaked Ladies, Sheryl Crow, Half Life, The Whigs, Los Lonely Boys, Hoobastank, Judas Priest, Journey, Big Deeks, Sevendust, Shinedown, Buckcherry, Korn

2008[edit]

Vic Ferrari, Trixter, Poison, Boston, Catch Penny, Cowboy Mouth, Jackyl, Puddle of Mudd, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Grid Lock, Big Deeks, Plain White T's, Switchfoot, Live, Goo Goo Dolls, Stone Temple Pilots, M!ss Crazy, Ligion, Dishwalla, Tesla, The Wallflowers, Matchbox Twenty

Adam Gontier(formerly) of Three Days Grace in the crowd at Rock Fest 2011

2007[edit]

World Classic Rockers, Dennis DeYoung, The New Cars, Deep Purple, Dying Breed, Saliva, Uncle Kracker, Grand Funk Railroad, Fuel, Godsmack, Big Deeks, Zed Leppelin, Mink, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Tragically Hip, Collective Soul, Chicago, KISS, Rock County, Corey Stevens, Gov't Mule, Hinder, Third Eye Blind, 3 Doors Down

2006[edit]

10 Years, Cinderella, Cross Canadian Ragweed, George Thorogood, Grand Funk Railroad, Gregg Rolie, John Waite, Kansas, Kid Rock, Live, Mötley Crüe, Papa Roach, Poison, Puddle of Mudd, Sammy Hagar & The Wabos, Savoy Brown Fea. Kim Simmonds, Seven Mary Three, Staind, Tesla, Warrant

  • Grand Funk Railroad did not perform as they experienced mechanical issues with their jet.

2005[edit]

G.B. Leighton, April Wine, Everclear, Collective Soul, FireHouse, Ratt, UFO, Cinderella, Megadeth, Big Deeks, Wishbone Ash, Quiet Riot, BoDeans, Black Crowes, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Gypsy, Head East, Great White, Jackyl, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top

2004[edit]

Rockslide, Vic Ferrari, Smash Mouth, Counting Crows, Kelly Keeling, Poco, Firefall, Spin Doctors, John Waite, Huey Lewis and the News, The Allman Brothers Band, Big Deeks, Y & T, Saliva, Tesla, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Phoenix, Newsboys, Paul Revere and the Raiders, REO Speedwagon, Styx, John Fogerty

2003[edit]

Phoenix, Dokken, Jackyl, Whitesnake, After Dark, Night Ranger, WAR, Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Public Reaction, FireHouse, Loverboy, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 2nd Hand Stone, Eddie Money, Rick Springfield, .38 Special, Heart, Boston

Leigh Kataky from Pop Evil in the crowd at Rock Fest 2013

2002[edit]

Vic Ferrari, Ronnie James Dio, The Scorpions, Deep Purple, Boogie & the YO-YO'Z, The Pat Travers Band, Average White Band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Ted Nugent, Journey, Road Trip, World Classic Rockers, Loverboy, Blondie, George Thorogood, Robert Plant, Glitch, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Toto (with Bobby Kimball), Cinderella, Poison, Meat Loaf

2001[edit]

Boom Candle, Tesla, Bad Company - Paul Rodgers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Boy, Jackyl, Skid Row, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Queensryche, David Lee Roth, Badaz, Air Supply, America, Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, The Guess Who, Toy Boys, Slaughter, Uriah Heep, Blue Oyster Cult, Jethro Tull, Ted Nugent

2000[edit]

Howard Guitar Luedtke & Blue Max, Vic Ferrari, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Mean Street, Wizenhiemers, Air Supply, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Joe Walsh, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Glitch, The Toy Boys, .38 Special, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas, Billy Idol, The Biscuit, Bad Boy, David Clayton Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears, WAR, Doobie Brothers, Poison

1999[edit]

The Chris Aaron Band, America, Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Captain Jack, Wizenhiemers, Gov't Mule, Kansas, The Scorpions, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Chic Tracy, Amy & The Toy Boys, Survivor, The Dweebs, Marques Bovre & The Evil Twins, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Journey,Sammy Hagar,

1998[edit]

Aja, America, Eddie Money, Steve Miller Band, Shatter Maxx, Vic Ferrari, David Clayton Thomas & Blood, Sweat and Tears, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Alice Cooper, Howard Guitar Luedtke & Blue Max, High Risk Band, .38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Grand Funk Railroad

Iron Maiden at Rock Fest 2012

1997[edit]

Paul Rodgers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Vic Ferrari, Little Feat, Cosmo's Factory (CCR), Ozark Mountain Daredevils, ZZ Top, Eric Burdon, B.T.O., Air Supply, RATT, Boston, The Guess Who, Nazareth, Loverboy, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Not Responsible, Scarlet Runner, Finger, Fat Cats, The MAXX, Motely Crue, Sammy Hagar, Def Leppard

1996[edit]

Johnny Clueless, Violent Femmes, Golden Smog, Sheryl Crow, The Romantics, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kansas, Little River Band, Smithereens, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Bad Company, Ted Nugent, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, The Freddy Jones Band, Eddie Money, The BoDeans, Doobie Brothers, Road Trip, High Risk, Not Responsible, Vic Ferrari, Inside Out Band, Vital Sign, New Sun Union, Jonny Lang

1995[edit]

Lamont Cranston, Loverboy, AirKraft, Rare Earth, Molly Hatchet, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, Eric Burdon, E.L.O. part II, The Allman Brothers Band, Bruce Hornsby, Kansas, Little River Band, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, G.B. Leighton, Freckles and the Hostages, Palace, Kidd Gloves, The Hoopsnakes, Roadtrip, Vic Ferrari, Shady Glenn, Milestone, Recipe X, Inside Out Band

1994[edit]

John Kay and Steppenwolf, Cheap Trick, Mitch Ryder, B.T.O., Foghat, Eddie Money, Guess Who, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Survivor, REO Speedwagon, Big Grin, Head East, Radio Flyer, Palace, Hanna Storm, Recipe X

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rock Fest attendance strong". leadertelegram.com. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Rock Fest 2014 lineup". pollstar.com. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 

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