Day 3: Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, Kentucky

It is time to stretch out your muscles and get your second wind for the rest of the festival – we’re running downhill from here.

Butcher Babies

Disturbed was the headliner for Saturday, backed up by Machine Gun Kelly and the indefatigable Volbeat. I spent a good deal of my day at the Disruptor stage because there was a string of bands playing there I couldn’t wait to see. Before that though, I saw Bones UK for the first time and they ripped the stage up. What a great band. I already checked and they are playing the next festival I am going to and I am already fired up to see them again.

Late in the afternoon the Butcher Babies, Code Orange, and Suicidal Tendencies played back-to-back on the same stage, and that was three amazing hours. I first saw Butcher Babies at the final Carolina Rebellion a few years back and since then I have always been thrilled to see their name on a bill. I haven’t seen Code Orange enough in my life yet, and even though I did witness Suicidal Tendencies in action just two weeks ago at Blue Ridge Rock Festival, I had to stop by again for a second dose.

I know Volbeat sometimes divides a crowd, but I am a fan. Hard-edged up-tempo rockabilly is always a good time. And when they had Neil Fallon of Clutch join them a couple years back on a song, well, I knew they had good musical sensibilities. Their set at Louder Than Life was full of the usual energy and bristling light-hearted spirit I have come to expect from them. Great show.


One more day left. The mighty Judas Priest and the festival-closing second set by Metallica is what we have to look forward to. See you out there.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

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Day 3: Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, Kentucky