Ever since Ozzfest stopped touring in the Sacramento area, a big metal festival gap has been filled by the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival and its move from Discovery Park to Gibson Ranch this year will allow for much larger crowds.
Aftershock will transform Gibson Ranch’s typically serene grounds—best known for its horse park, riding trails, photo shoots, weddings, and Civil War re-enactments—into a headbanger music festival with four stages and an impressive line-up for the 4th annual festival on Oct. 24-25.
Headliners include heavy metal and hard rockers Slipknot, Shinedown, Faith No More, Deftones, Marilyn Manson, Seether, and Jane’s Addiction, just to name a few.
Deftones, led by vocalist Chino Moreno, got their start in Sacramento in 1988 and have gone on to a successful career that includes a Grammy, top slots on Billboard hard rock charts, and having their most recent album, 2012’s Koi No Yokan, named “Album of the Year” in Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards.
This year Aftershock also teamed up with Slipknot’s Scream Park to present an official pre-party event on Friday, October 23. Slipknot’s Scream Park is a haunted house event produced by Scream Park California and Slipknot, one of Aftershock’s headliners, that features 3 haunted houses and live horror entertainment from Oct. 2 – Nov. 1. Expected to bring the band’s signature graphic horror to a new level, the park will host the free-to-ticket-holders pre-party event from 7pm to Midnight.
In addition to music acts and an outrageous pre-party, the festival will host live in-ring wrestling matches featuring WWE’s NXT Superstars.
Performers scheduled for the festival also include Breaking Benjamin, Bring Me The Horizon, Stone Temple Pilots, Coheed and Cambria, All Time Low, Black Veil Brides, Suicidal Tendencies, P.O.D., Clutch, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Clutch, and Yelawolf, among others.
Headbangers in Sacramento will be in rock and roll metal heaven enjoying two days full of music. This might also be one of the last places where fans will get to see Suicidal Tendencies, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots and P.O.D. before these bands retire, disband or stop touring.