Charles Cody Wilds of Ironton, Ohio has organized the first heavy metal rock festival for Lawrence County. He got the idea a few months back realizing that it was time for a change. “I’ve played music for 13 years, my band has been produced by some of the biggest producers in the metal scene, I’ve played my hometown once in 13 years. This needs to change. We live in an area that’s so close minded because dudes wear black and scream in a song. I want to break the area out of that mindset. Rock music does the best nationwide with concert sales beating rap and any other genre. I want to create an annual event for the area I grew up in that I’m proud of and that we can all come together one day in the fall, let loose and rock out to some of the nations rising stars.” The lineup for this event includes local bands along with some popular names as well; This town has ghosts, Valley of Dismay, Kuhmora, Intercession for Imposters, I, the Oracle, Of Serpents, Down in Round Three, Fear The Dreamer, Curses, WhatDrivesTheWeak, Revision, Revised, A War Within, ENMY, VRSTY, and Left to Suffer. He of course wants vendors and games there also. “ We’re still getting vendors together currently, I know we have some appearances from Hollowgrave Clothing, J&M Scents, Flower Power, Spiritual Spa and the Festival main tent that will have festival merchandise and a lot more will be there as well! Game wise we’re looking at a few carnival style games.” So you can definitely expect this to be a family friendly event, so you’re more than welcome to bring your kids as well. But of course a few rules to follow; no alcohol/coolers, no drones, no chairs of any kind, no pets (with exception of service animals), no fireworks or explosives, no outside food or beverages – exception one factory sealed bottle of water (20 oz. max size), no drugs or drug paraphernalia, and no unauthorized vending or advertising. The musical events will start September 25th at Paul Porter Park in Coal Grove, Ohio. Gates open at 12:30 pm and music will start at 1 and will last all day until 11 that night. The event will also be filmed by Matt Napier of Matt Napier Film. So get your tickets as they go on sale today, July 20th, on their website, https://www.grovefestohio.com/ and follow them along on their Facebook page as they announce more information regarding the event.
Lawrence County’s first heavy metal/rock festival organized by local resident