With the announcement of the Louder Than Life 2018 lineup coming on June 4, there is a lot of speculation who will be playing the festival. Louder Than Life has been expanded to three days this year and Nine Inch Nails has already been confirmed as the festival’s main headliner. But who will be joining them?
So far, Nine Inch Nails are the only band officially confirmed for the festival. Deftones has been highly rumored to be headlining one day of the festival as well, and many people have gone as far as to confirm it.
I know for sure Bullet For My Valentine will be playing Louder Than Life because when they were set to play Rock On The Range, they were selling tour merch, and the tour dates on the back of one of their shirts literally said “Louder Than Life Festival” as one of the dates. With that being said these are the three that have validity.
For the rest of the lineup, it’s still a mystery, but we can get a general idea from other Danny Wimmer Presents festivals from this year. Here are some thoughts on the possibility of bands from festivals like Rock On The Range, Welcome To Rockville, and others.
A Perfect Circle
APC is touring in Europe this summer and they don’t have another show in the United States until October 20 when they have a short tour mostly consisting of West Coast dates. I wouldn’t say the chances are good for fans of Maynard and A Perfect Circle, especially after playing Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range already this year.
Alice In Chains
AIC could be a very possible choice for LTL. They’re touring in Europe from June to July and returning for a West Coast tour in August, which ends in mid-September. After their September 15 show in Phoenix, they don’t have another date until mid-October at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, which leaves a nice hole to fill in late-September and early-October.
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AA will be in Europe in June and on Warped Tour in July, but they currently don’t have any other dates announced, so their availability for Louder Than Life is unknown.
Avatar has shows and festivals scheduled in Europe through mid-July, and have already toured the United States supporting their most recent album, Avatar Country. I could definitely see Avatar being at Louder Than Life this year, but I wouldn’t be too shocked if they weren’t.
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I’m going to make a bold prediction here and say Avenged Sevenfold will be the third headliner for Louder Than Life. Their summer tour finishes in mid-September and they already have a show scheduled in Camden, New Jersey on October 6, so the likelihood they could make Louder Than Life is pretty high from the evidence I’ve seen.
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Black Veil Brides
After hitting the road with Warped Tour in June, BVB don’t have another show scheduled until Aftershock Festival in October. I would say the likeliness of Black Veil Brides being at Louder Than Life is pretty high.
Breaking Benjamin currently has shows supporting Five Finger Death Punch scheduled until September 9, so depending on the band’s plan to support their most recent album, they could announce more concert dates, but if anything I think they’ll have European dates and not more American dates. I could be wrong, but after an entire summer of touring in the United States, their international fans will probably be the next to catch a Break Benjamin concert.
Billy Idol is a high probable performer at Louder Than Life this year. He has a September 28 show in Nashville and a show in San Bernardino on October 5, so that leaves a large gap in the schedule for LTL.
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Bullet For My Valentine
As mentioned earlier, BFMV tour shirts were spotted at Rock On The Range with Louder Than Life marked as a confirmed date on their tour shirts. I’d be shocked if they didn’t play Louder Than Life this year.
Clutch has festival dates scheduled all summer long and there’s a large break in their schedule during the time Louder Than Life will be taking place. With a European tour in November and December, I believe it could be likely to see Clutch at LTL.
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From Ashes To New
FATN is on tour with Bad Wolves this summer and they are playing River City Rockfest in San Antonio on September 22 and Rock Allegiance in Camden, NJ on October 6, so that leaves a wide open weekend to play Louder Than Life in between. I would almost guarantee it.
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There’s a good chance you’ll see Godsmack at Louder Than Life. They are touring the United States with Shinedown, Like A Storm, and Red Sun Rising through early September and are currently slated to play Aftershock Festival in Sacramento. With an open weekend when Louder Than Life falls, I would almost put money on them being there.
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Greta Van Fleet
Greta performed at Louder Than Life last year and that was the first time I got to see the band. They’re performing at festivals in Europe before playing some small theater shows in July, and they’re headed to Japan and Hawaii for the first time to play shows in August. They could be a wild card band who may make the bill, but since they were at LTL last year, I’m going to rule them out for this year.
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Although they just announced their new album coming out and debuted their new single, “Uncomfortable,” they have dates in Europe during Louder Than Life. They will not be at LTL this year.
Pop Evil is touring with Poison and Cheap Trick this summer, and honestly, what a fucking combo. They have dates scheduled opening up for the two bands through July 1 and will be doing shows at other small festivals and state fairs through September 14. I could definitely see Pop Evil “waking lions” at Louder Than Life this year.
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Red Sun Rising
Red Sun Rising is currently on tour with The Used and THE FEVER 333 through July 10, and they’re slated to play Aftershock Festival. They’re touring pretty intensely so I wouldn’t be shocked if the Red Sun Rose over Louisville during Louder Than Life.
Sevendust is currently scheduled to play a few festivals in the United States this summer including INKcarceration on July 15 and Aftershock on October 13. I would say the likeliness is high for Sevendust at Louder Than Life.
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Shinedown is currently in Europe performing at various festivals before coming back to the United States for a tour with Godsmack, Like A Storm, and Red Sun Rising. They’re scheduled to play at Aftershock in October, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them at Louder Than Life.
Stone Temple Pilots
STP has been playing most of the major North American rock festivals this Spring and will be touring with Bush and The Cult this summer. They’re slated to play River City Rockfest on September 22, so I could certainly see Danny Wimmer Presents getting them for Louder Than Life this year.
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Underoath is currently hitting pretty much every major festival in Europe in June, then hitting the road on the final Warped Tour festival for a handful of dates. They’re already scheduled for Aftershock in Sacramento in October, so I’m certain they will be at Louder Than Life this year.
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