Right on the heels of news that AEG in coming in to change Rocklahoma, a new festival emerges on the American scene. The Hullabalou Festival is set for July 23-25 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Churchill Downs racetrack. Bon Jovi is one of the event's headliners. Other headliners include Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews Band.
Last night, I bought a one day pass for the Bon Jovi show. This will be my first time seeing them live! This Hullabalou date is part of The Circle world tour which - as of right now - wasn't coming to Ohio anyway. This event gives me a chance to catch Bon Jovi and some other (admittedly) random bands on the festival's opening day. Other acts on the Bon Jovi day include The Doobie Brothers, the B52s and Gladys Knight.
The tickets for this festival are expensive. The three-day VIP are $975...each! I bought a regular reserved seat for $95. The festival website says advance ticketing begins Friday, but when I checked on Ticketmaster, the site was already up and selling seats, so I went ahead and got a pair for me and my husband.
I know some people like to camp at festivals, but you can't do that at Hullabalou - at least not on-site. The fest website has some links to offsite camping, but I don't really see the point in that.
Apparently, the entire lineup isn't yet announced. Promoters promised more than 65 bands over three days on five stages. I'm curious to see who is added. Five stages is a lot - so that will be interesting to see how it works. Churchill Downs is *massive* so trudging along in July heat from stage to stage will be a test of endurance!
All in all, I'm pretty happy. I just hope my seats are good once the time comes for the show. I need to zero in on Jon Bon Jovi for "Bad Medicine!"
Here's Bon Jovi performing my beloved "Bad Medicine" way back in 1988