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Yet Another Festival: Midwest Rockfest

I first learned of the Midwest Rockfest about six months ago. At that time, the event was supposed to be a multi-day festival. Now, it seems the "festival" will be spread out over a series of four Saturdays during the summer.

The Midwest Rockfest is set for:

June 6th
July 25th
August 15th
September 12th

Just where is the Midwest Rockfest, you ask? The short answer is in the middle of nowhere, just like every other festival in the world. The longer answer is Arkansas City, Kansas. That's right, Kansas.

Who is playing, you ask? Your guess is as good as mine, but I know Kix were asked a million years ago. Again, this was back when it was a multi-day festival and not segmented event, so I have no idea if my favorite Baltimore band will find themselves on the bill.

How much are tickets? Well, the official festival website doesn't have much information, but I do know tickets go on sale March 15 (this Sunday) and general admission tickets are different prices based on date. You can get a V.I.P. package (which lets you in to each show) for $400. You get your tickets, food and beer for that much. If you're rich (*cough*: crazy) you can drop two thousand dollars for the "extreme" V.I.P. package. That gets you all this (don't worry, I corrected the horrible grammar):

  • VIP tickets to all four shows
  • Souvenir mug
  • T-shirt (limited edition numbered shirts to match tickets, lanyards and wristbands)
  • Unlimited drinks (alcohol and beer)
  • Food
  • Meet and greet
  • All access passes
  • Party tent access (back stage)
  • Poser seats
  • Guitar (for your favorite artists to sign)
  • Private Port-a-Johns
  • Free parking

Apparently there are only 20 of these packages available. Two grand is way too much money for this "festival" - unless you're getting Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin on the same night (which you won't). And how is parking "free" when you paid two grand for admission?!

Apparently bands will be announced soon. Again, I have no idea. Unless Jimi Hendrix *and* Aerosmith are playing, I'm certain you won't find me in the crowd at Midwest Rockfest. Separated Saturdays is too hard for people that live multiple states away.



Reader Comments (5)

sounds bad
March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
There is a stellar glam fest May 30th in MD. Why has no one mentioned this?

TWISTED SISTER, RATT and EXTREME will headline the M3 Rock Festival, an East Coast '80s- and '90s-focused rock and heavy metal music event set to take place Saturday, May 30 at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. The festival will feature two stages and 16 bands playing all their hits, 10 hours of music and a wide variety of entertaining booths and attractions.

Bands performing include (lineup subject to change):

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTommy
I started a thread on the message board about this...but I don't think Allyson actually wrote a story on it.
March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
I am failing to see the horrible grammar on the site. The Midwest Rockfest is set to be at Wellington Lake. I think it is going to be a rockin' show.
April 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertawnytanner
The show was kickcckckckck ass! Slaughters drummer and Great Whites drummer and Dirty Pennys drummer kicked ass! Kix! Dokken! Great White! Keel! It was an awesome show. If you were lucky enough to get backstage, like me, you would have been knee deep in Rockstars who were all cool as shit! Keel, Kix and Great White (Artie is the man) got there early, hung around all day and were totally fucking awesome shooting the shit with whoever.. Nice guys, no cocky personalities. Can't wait for the next show!
June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMouse

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