Rock Fest

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Rock Fest
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DatesJuly 17–20, 2018
Location(s)Cadott, Wisconsin
Years active1994-present

Rock Fest is also a block on VH1 Classic

Held annually since 1994, Rock Fest is the largest Rock Music and Camping Event in the US, featuring the best of classic and modern rock & metal. It is an annual four-day (Wednesday bonus day included for three-day ticket holders) music festival located near the town of Cadott, Wisconsin. The Amphitheater Venue hosts more than 7,000 Campsites for Campers with RV's or Tents, as well as the Amphitheater Concert Grounds for the four days of shows that features over 20 National Rock Music Acts each year. On site there are also Convenience Stores, Merch Store, concessions, and Side Stages that feature Regional Acts in between Main Stage performances. Rock Fest is billed one of the premier outdoor rock music festivals in the United States (see line up below). It is usually held on the third weekend (Wednesday–Saturday) of July. 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. There is a VIP Section which includes reserved seating and all-inclusive meals & drinks, reserved lawn seating, General Admission Amphitheater seating and a dropped Fan Pit (no moshing allowed) in front of the stage. There are excellent views of the main stage at every admission level due to the stage being located at the bottom of a small hill.


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 Midwest (Wausau, Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Marshfield, Wisconsin area) and the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, but every state in the US is represented at this event as well as more than 14 countries outside the US.

2018 Lineup[edit]


2017 Lineup[edit]

Wednesday, July 12: RATT, Faster Pussycat, Jack Russell's Great White, The Good Bars.

Thursday, July 13: Slayer, Volbeat, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Failure Anthem, Badflower, Rachel Lorin, Antistar, Awaken the Shadow, Gemini Syndrome, Mushroomhead, Insane Clown Posse, The 9th Planet Out, Hand of the Tribe, The Zealots, Valora, The Nearly Deads, Anthem, Probable Cause, Kissin Time (Kiss cover band), Cowboys from Hell (Pantera cover band).

Friday, July 14: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Stone Sour, Clutch, Avatar, Lacey Sturm, One Less Reason, Valora, The Nearly Deads, Hand of the Tribe, VIA, Stare Across, Oblivious Signal, Nuisance, Scattered Hamlet, Texas Hippie Coalition, Lita Ford, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Emperors n Elephants.

Saturday, July 15: Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Megadeth, Sevendust (cancelled and replaced by Adam Gontier[3]), LIT, Devour the Day, City of the Weak, Fall II Rise, Veilside, Shallow Side, VIMIC, Thousand Foot Krutch, HellYeah, Matrekis, Wrecked, Ignescent, 7's Catacomb, My Memory Remains, Who's Who (The Who Cover Band), The Crown Jewels (Queen Cover Band).

Previous lineups[edit]


Wednesday, July 13 (Bonus Bash): Cold Kingdom, Silversyde, Screaming for Silence, Chaotic Resemblance, Prophets of Addiction, 3 Pill Morning, Bobaflex, Faster Pussycat, Led Zeppelin 2, KIX, Queensryche

Thursday, July 14: Truth Before Treason, Bad Remedy, Emissary Echo, Oblivious Signal, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Silversyde, Seven Days Lost, Acillatem, TNT, Stitched up Heart, Art of Dying, Like a Storm, Red Sun Rising, Nothing More, Sick Puppies, Hollywood Undead, Skillet, Marilyn Manson, Hollywood Vampires

Friday, July 15: Myrriya, Aeraco, Strange Daze, Cold Kingdom, Fatal Kaliber, Vaudeville, Dellacoma, Station, Nivrana, Maiden Minneapolis, Beyond Threshold, 3 Pill Morning, Wayland, Escape the Fate, 10 Years, Adelitas Way, Saint Asonia, Scott Stapp, Rise Against, Breaking Benjamin, Alice in Chains

Saturday July 16: Rising Rocker, My Memory Remains, Smiling Politely, Malice, Veilside, Antistar, Every Mother's Nightmare, The Blackfires, Who's Who, Electric Eye, I Prevail, Bridge to Grace, Wilson, New Years Day, Atreyu, All that Remains, In This Moment, Bullet for my Valentine, Five Finger Death Punch, Slipknot


Thursday, July 16: Vaudeville, New Medicine, Nothing More, Finger Eleven, Killswitch Engage, Shinedown

Friday, July 17: King Shifter, A.D.D., Starset, Jackyl, Black Stone Cherry, Three Days Grace, Godsmack

Saturday July 18: Emperors N Elephants, Islander, Shaman's Harvest, Adelitas Way, Hinder, Breaking Benjamin, Judas Priest

Sunday July 19: Emergent, Kyng, All That Remains, Pop Evil, Chevelle, Avenged Sevenfold

Nickleback was to originally play Friday but canceled later on.


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)


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.


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:Dory Drive, Adelitas Way, Sevendust, Papa Roach, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden

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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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, Pat Benatar, Poison, Rick Springfield


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


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


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


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


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


  1. ^ "Rock Fest attendance strong". 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  2. ^ "Rock Music Festival in Wisconsin: Set Times". Retrieved May 1, 2018.
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