Think of this as your Loudwire Live 2017 survival guide. Okay, that might be sensationalizing it a bit. You'll survive either way, but you'll definitely be better prepared for what's in store for you this Friday at the Dort Federal Event Center if you check out this article.
This is an Outdoor Show
If you've somehow missed this crucial bit of information until now, you should know that the entire show will take place in the parking lot of the Dort Federal Event Center. Unless you have VIP tickets or win the "Best Seats in the House" from Randy Wise -- you'll likely be standing on pavement for a large portion of the day. Plan accordingly (comfortable shoes, sunblock, etc.). Note: The inside of the Dort Federal Event Center will not be accessible at any time during Loudwire Live.
Cash is King
Cash is always easier to bring in a festival setting, especially an outdoor one. While some vendors will be accepting debit cards, it is highly possible that complications may arise and it becomes a "cash only" situation. Trust me -- I've seen it happen before and it's never fun being broke at an all day festival. It's really best to play it safe and hit an ATM BEFORE you reach the festival.
Re-Entry Will Be Allowed for a Fee
We've received a lot of questions about this because of our previous involvement in, literally, the only other music festival or concert that I've ever seen that allowed re-entry. Yes, we will be allowing re-entry at Loudwire Live, but it will come with a $10 re-entry fee. The extra security, staff, and infrastructure required to properly monitor this sort of thing is not free -- so you gotta pay to play. Sorry. If you don't like it, try to leave and re-enter, literally, any other concert. Go ahead... We'll wait.
Get the Banana App for Exclusive On-Site Contests and Updates
Download the free Banana 101.5 app via the App Store or Google Play for important festival updates and chances to win awesome stuff like a meet and greet with Halestorm, Skillet, All That Remains, or Starset, and more! In order to receive said updates/opportunities, you'll need to enable your "Loudwire Live" push notifications via the Banana app settings. Note: you may also need to adjust your phone's notification settings if you've previously disabled push notifications. We'll also be posting pictures and interviews with the bands throughout the day, which will be accessible through our app, website, and social media pages.
Hashtag it #LoudwireLive to Win
If you post pics from the event on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) hashtag it #LoudwireLive and make the post public for a chance to end up on the big screen! Hell, we may even share your photo on our social media pages and then you'll be the envy of ALL your friends. Plus, if you take a picture with one of the awesome 2017 Dodge Rams from Randy Wise and hashtag it -- you could win an instant upgrade to VIP!
Be a Loudwire Live Ninja Warrior, Sort Of
You guys, we have so much room for activities at Loudwire Live 2017 that we'll have a rock wall ($1 per person) and a zipline ($10 per person) for the more adventurous festival-goers.
What Can I Bring in to the Festival?
Well, that's a loaded question. We do have a list of items that are not permitted inside of the festival, and some that are, which you can see by clicking here. Please note that some additional items may be barred from the festival and the list is subject to change. But come on, man. It's only a 9-hour event, give or take. You can survive without your favorite La-Z-Boy recliner and 10 person tent.
Hell yeah, you can tailgate in the parking lot. Some standard tailgating items not permitted into the festival -- grills, coolers, tents, chairs, etc. -- will be allowed in the parking area for tailgating. However, if security/police see you consuming alcohol or illegal substances -- it will be confiscated and you will be subject to any laws violated by said consumption or substance possession. Be smart. The parking lot opens at 9a for tailgating, and the festival gates open at 3p. By the way, parking was included with your ticket cost and there are no additional fees for parking.
Food and Drink
Don't worry -- there will be plenty to eat and drink at Loudwire Live. We have several food vendors on site -- Soaring Eagle Casino’s Food Truck, Smokin Aces BBQ, Poco Loco, The BBQ Guys, Dort Federal Event Center Concessions – who will be serving up everything from pulled pork, pizza, and bosco sticks to less conventional fare like spicy thai grilled peanut butter sandwiches and lake perch tacos. And yes, we'll have beer, wine, and liquor available for purchase.
The band lineup and set times are listed below. Ironsnake will be playing sets on the side stage in between each of the following bands' main stage sets.
3:45 pm – Stitched Up Heart
4:30 pm – Starset
5:45 pm – All That Remains
7:30 pm – Skillet
9:30 pm – Halestorm
You can still buy tickets online and at the Dort Federal box office via Ticketmaster. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $49. There will also be one last chance to score $20 tickets and win the "Best Seat in the House" from Randy Wise Ram @ the Dort Federal Event Center this Thursday, June 15th from 4p-6p.