Home on the Range

The festival is surging, and Rock on the Range is leading the way

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Photo by Brooke Long

Photos by Brooke Long
Text by Johnnie Crow

Deftones

Deftones Photo by Brooke Long

The 10th annual Rock on the Range festival took over Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio late in May, a genre-defying, multi-stage extravaganza that brought music fans of all ages and tastes together. From May 20-22, the sold-out domestic festival featured a wide variety of top talent from across the musical spectrum.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers Photo by Brooke Long

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie Photo by Brooke Long

Sevendust

Sevendust Photo by Brooke Long

With multiple stages and multiple headliners per day, there was plenty for the 40,000+ daily Rangers to enjoy. Friday night got things going with stellar performances from heavyweights Shinedown and Disturbed. Saturday night was alive with Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie bringing down the house. Sunday capped the weekend off with Deftones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember Photo By Brooke Long

Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm Photo by Brooke Long

Lamb of God

Lamb of God Photo by Brooke Long

Bring Me the Horizon

Bring Me the Horizon Photo by Brooke Long

Issues

Issues Photo by Brooke Long

ROTR continues to make minor adjustments each year, listening to the fans and giving them even more of what they want. This year, the second stage — just outside of the soccer stadium — was pushed back to make more room for the massive circle pits and crowd surfing demanded by the likes of At The Drive In, Pennywise, Lamb of God and Megadeth. The new alignment also provided room for the vendor village to be placed in view of the action.

Megadeth

Megadeth Photo by Brooke Long

Disturbed

Disturbed Photo by Brooke Long

Bullet for My Valentine

Bullet for My Valentine Photo by Brooke Long

Sixx:A.M.

Sixx:A.M. Photo by Brooke Long

On the musical front, there was truly something for everyone. Metalcore heavyweights Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, and Asking Alexandria set things up for punk legends Anti-Flag and Pennywise. The international community spiced things up with Australians Sick Puppies, Hands Like Houses and Wolfmother, while the theatrical Swedish stylings of Avatar and the costumed Ghost thrilled and amazed. Ohio itself was not to be outdone, serving up the hardcore of Miss May I, the soul of Red Sun Rising and the hip-hop of Machine Gun Kelly.

Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire Photo by Brooke Long

Miss May I

Miss May I Photo by Brooke Long

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies Photo by Brooke Long

Monster Truck

Monster Truck Photo by Brooke Long

The heavy hitters always bring the crowds, but one of the best things about Rock on the Range is discovering new bands before they break big. Some of the bands that made their mark this year were Wilson, Monster Truck, Aranda, New Year’s Day, The Glorious Sons and Highly Suspect. Each band brought their own style and excitement.

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive Photo by Brooke Long

Hands Like Houses

Hands Like Houses Photo by Brooke Long

Avatar

Avatar Photo by Brooke Long

Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari Photo by Brooke Long

At the end of a long day of musical discovery, fans were able to catch their breath and some laughs in the comedy tent, before heading back to the main stage for the two day’s headliners. They are going to have to make a much bigger tent next year, as fans were lined up outside hoping to get in to see acts like Jay Mohr, Big Jay Oakerson and That Metal Show featuring Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine.

Ghost

Ghost Photo by Brooke Long

Rock on the Range is one of the best, most sought-after rock festivals in the U.S.; you had better get your tickets quick, as it continues to sell out faster each year.

Rock on the Range was posted on June 3, 2016 for HM Magazine and authored by .