The first annual LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVAL closed out the October 4-5 weekend with 36,826 enthusiastic music fans in attendance at Champions Park near downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The festival celebrated Louisville’s culture and cuisine, with a selection of rock music, bourbon, whiskey, craft beer and "gourmet man food". The inaugural festival featured performances from more than 30 of the biggest bands in hard rock and heavy metal. The bands played on three stages...the Mitchell Headphones stage and the two Monster main stages, which were positioned side-by-side for spectacular viewing of the live stage and huge video screens to view the other stage while a performance was in progress. The celebrity chef appearances included Chris Santos, Bill Kunz, and Tom Coghill on the Jägermeister Cooking Stage. More than 70 food and beverage vendors were on hand to help celebrate the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city.
On day one I photographed: Louisville's own group Flaw, Nonpoint, Wilson, Fuel, Pop Evil, Steel Panther, Theory Of A Deadman, Miss May I, Mastodon, Alter Bridge, Limp Bizkit, Stone Temple Pilots(with new lead singer Chester Bennington) and KORN. Day one closed with Judas Priest. One day two I photographed: Monster Truck, Avatar, Nothing More, Hellyeah, P.O.D., Buckcherry, Bring Me The Horizon, Volbeat, Papa Roach and Five Finger Death Punch. Day two closed with Kid Rock.
With the success of the Louder Than Life Festival, plans are already underway for LOUDER THAN LIFE 2015. And festival producers are working closely with the city to make the event even better for locals and the tens of thousands of fans who traveled from around the U.S. and as far away as Australia, the Netherlands and South America for this one-of-a-kind music experience.