This year, the fifth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion took new heights, literally and figuratively, with some of the amazing bands and vendors in attendance. For the diverse festival attendee, there were a plethora of food vendors, interactive stations, and merch vendors to choose from and plenty to keep them entertained. While the music is always the star of the World’s Loudest Month festivals, there were a number of other things we loved about Rebellion 2015.
For the aspiring musician, aside from the possibility of meeting their favorite performers in the Monster, Jagermeister, and FYE tents, festival-goers had the opportunity to get their shred on in the Crazy Dave’s Music Experience. At Crazy Dave’s fans got a chance to play some amazing instruments including guitars, basses, drums, and try out various amps. For everyone who’s interest strayed to the alcoholic, there was a Jack Daniels distillery mini-exhibit and tasting tent where attendees could learn more about the refining and development of one of the South’s most popular whiskeys. In addition to Jack, Jagermeister was in full effect bringing not only the booze, but some food as well. In the Jagermeister tent Chef Chris Santos of the Food Network show Chopped was there to meet fans and cooking up some tasty burgers and ribs glazed in Jager sauce, which festival-goers could sample for free.
As with every year, no matter what other attractions await, Carolina Rebellion comes down to one thing: the music. This year, the festival played host to some the biggest names and brightest rising stars in the industry today. With two days packed with music and high end performances, atombash.com takes a look at some of our favorites and some of the flops from the first day of the fifth annual Carolina Rebellion.
1. Lola Black – Front by the fierce and forward Lola herself, Lola Black helped open up Carolina Rebellion by christening the Jagermeister stage. With interesting and widely ranging vocal dynamics, the band definitely helped wake up the crowd Saturday morning.
2. Islander– Greenville, S.C native sons broke out all the stops with their unyielding and fearsome performance on the ReverbNation stage at noon.These guys worked it hard as every member literally threw themselves full-force into their performance, culminating in frontman Mikey Carvajal throwing himself into the crowd.
3. We Are Harlot– Led by the seemingly ever-inebriated and once controversial Danny Worsnop, We Are Harlot is his post-Asking Alexandria rock n’ roll adventure. Complete with a swagger that oozes from his every pore, Worsnop and company took a more laid back approach to their performance compared to the aforementioned bands, but still managed to stir some excitement from the crowd.
4. Nonpoint– There is rarely a dull moment in a Nonpoint show. Between frontman Elias Soriano bouncing from one end of the stage to the next, his and guitarists B.C Kochmit and Rasheed Thomas’ dreads flying wildly, and drummer Robb Rivera slaying the drums, onlookers are never short of a spectacle with these heavy headbangers.
5. Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts– While known for his extensive and impressive career with Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland brings a different dynamic to his solo venture with The Wildabouts. On this day he seemed a bit out of sorts and in a daze for most of the performance, and his vocals were not as tight as he’s traditionally known for, but rather pitchy and a bit out of sync.
6. Hollywood Undead– These rap/rock fusers not only occupy a stage, but take charge of it. These guys blasted fans with hit after hit from their repertoire and songs from their latest album Day Of The Dead. A special moment was witnessed when multi-instrumentalist and vocalist J-Dog proposed to his girlfriend Vanessa James on-stage mid-set. Spoiler: She said, “Yes!”
7. Cheap Trick– the classic rockers took fans on a trip back in time with an epic opening montage of their on-screen appearances over the years. They followed this up by setting loose a setlist comprised of hits from their heyday that remain classics to this day. Fans both young and old were rocking out the classic rock outfit like it was 1978.
8. Motionless in White– MIW put on a high energy set that was rife with fan favorites and lots of singing along. The guys made sure to get the crowd involved as they headbanged and shredded through their set. Vocalist Chris Cerulli (aka Chris Motionless) ushered fans to the stage, encouraging many to scramble and crowd surf their way to the front of the stage to be closer to the band.
9. Papa Roach– One thing Papa Roach does well is stir up a crowd. The California rock band fronted by vocalist Jacoby Shaddix made easy work of the Rebellion crowd as they banged and bopped their way into the hearts of festival-goers spanning the Rebellion stage. Mikey Carvajal of Islander even joined the band onstage near the end of their set.
10. Sammy Hagar and The Circle– Ever the rockstar, Hagar and company put on one of the most genuine rock n’ roll performances of the day! The stage was brilliantly illuminated and Hagar was in prime form as he worked his way across the stage. Fans got to hear them play songs from Hagar’s diverse career including “Poundcake,” “Mas Tequila,” and “Runaround.”
11. Marilyn Manson– Manson has always been known as a shock rocker, but the real shock for most Rebellion attendees was how out of sorts the rocker seemed. While rolling through his roster of singles including “Deep Six,” “Disposable Teens,” and “Tainted Love,” he seemed reckless and agitated- knocking over tripods and slinging his microphone wildly.
12. Korn– The band that defined a generation closed out the first night of Rebellion with a bang. Opening their set with “Blind,” the band fulfilled their promise to fans of playing their entire debut album from start to finish, including the controversial final track, “Daddy.” Never ones to leave a stage too early, Korn kept things rolling with an encore set that included “Here To Stay” and “Falling Away From Me.”
Rebels delighted in power packed day full of sun, food, booze, and tunes that left many anxious to see what the next day would have in store. After the rain-tastic adventures of day two during Rebellion 2013, despite clear skies in 2014, some still remained skeptical as to whether Mother Nature would be so compliant two years in a row. The sold out festival managed to contain the estimated 80,000 attendees plus vendors and performers well enough on day, less some issues with a little dustiness, but what would things look like tomorrow?