Carolina Rebellion is THE Monster of all festivals in size and talent. With 4 stages that span the grounds of Charlotte Motor Speedway the festival included a ferris wheel, the Harley Davidson ride experience, jewelry, clothing and blow up couch vendors, a food village with countless spots to get your grub on, The Music Experience, Fuck Cancer and much more.
Fuck Cancer at Carolina Rebellion with the ferris wheel in the background
In terms of music talent, Muse performed their only American Festival set on day 3 of Carolina Rebellion.
Muse headlining day three at Carolina Rebellion
The Rebel himself, Billy Idol, brought down the house with the help of thousands of Rebels.
THE Rebel himself, Billy Idol performing at Carolina Rebellion
Playing tracks from their #1 album ‘Ember’, Breaking Benjamin was clearly a crowd favorite.
Breaking Benjamin performed tracks from Ember at Carolina Rebellion
Other bands that highlighted this epic 3 day weekend included: Queens of the Stone Age.
Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh H takes a cig break during a drum solo
Alice in Chains,
Alice in Chains headlines night one of Carolina Rebellion
Mark Tremonti playing with his solo band at Carolina Rebellion
Five Finger Death Punch,
Ivan Moody with Five Finger Death Punch at Carolina Rebellion
Incubus at Carolina Rebellion
Trivium at Carolina Rebellion
Shinedown at Carolina Rebellion
Parkway Drive at Carolina Rebellion
Bullet For My Valentine,
Bullet for My Valentine at Carolina Rebellion
Cane Hill, Asking Alexandria,
Asking Alexandria at Carolina Rebellion
Palisades at Carolina Rebellion
Carla from the Butcher Babies at Carolina Rebellion
Clutch, Red Fang,
Red Fang at Carolina Rebellion
Halestorm, New Years Day, He is Legend,
He Is Legend at Carolina Rebellion
Code Orange Them Evils, Joyous Wolf, Toothgrinder,
TOOTHGRINDER getting a free ride at Carolina Rebellion
Jelly Roll and Struggle Jennings,
Struggle Jennings, Mischievous Mel, and Jelly Roll at Carolina Rebellion
STP, and Counterfeit. That is just a taste of who played on the 4 stages. Allow me, Mischievous Mel and and Rockwell Anderson to be your virtual tour guide of all thing Carolina Rebellion as they happened for us. Always remember that festivals can be tailored to you as to how you want them to roll out, so your music adventure will differ than ours and epic events are subject to change.
Beware of the dick-heads in the crowd
On the interview front, we had the opportunity to share the mic with Tremonti, He is Legend, Parkway Drive, Asking Alexandria,Toothgrinder, Bad Wolves,
and Jelly Roll and Struggle Jennings. So what did they have to say? You will have to tune in to find out, but I promise we cover everything from weight loss to threesomes and even a bit about music and ink.
Jelly Roll performing at Carolina Rebellion
Corey Taylor from Stone Sour get “The Show Must Go On” award. After he pulled his left caft muscle during the second song of their set, Corey hobbled his way through the rest of the set instead of just mailing it in. Much respect.
Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Slipknot fame pulls his left calf muscle at Carolina Rebellion
Huge props to DWP, AEG, and Monster Energy for having not only having so many icons of music on the stage at one festival, but such a large diversity of music that had something for everyone on the Rock ‘n Roll scale.
I can’t leave out some of my favorite experiences at festivals. They include the FYE tent where I dropped rent money to score all vinyl must haves. That is how much swag I scooped up. Then there is the Zippo sessions where I got to hear my bands strip down to acoustic and melt my heart. That is where I fell in love with Counterfeit, a new band that has chilling vocals and sexy accents.
I am a huge fan of The Music Experience where I can not only see fans and bands jamming on instruments, but where I can take a jam on them myself. It is also a place where signing and meet and greets go down. For me a surreal experience was walking to The Music Experience to see what was happening, and on my way I ran into Witt, lead vocals for Cane Hill and he stopped and chatted. Not going to lie – it was a huge fan girl moment.
Then when I got in the tent there was Them Evils hanging with fans doing a quick Jam and just being fun. This ladies and gents is why a festival is so much more than bands on a stage. It is a experience beyond any other.
Them Evils celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style at Carolina Rebellion
Afterwards I left that to to head to the Fuck Cancer tent. So what is Fuck Cancer? It is a non profit that gives terminal cancer patients their rock and roll dreams, allowing them to meet their favorite bands and get side stage. I have seen what they do first hand and how the cancer patients, of all ages, come to life. It is one of the most heart changing moments you can see.
Speaking of experiences that are awesome and new this year, was the Harley Ride experience. What pairs well with hard and heavy music? How about hard and heavy bikes that are right on site.
Harley Davidson ride experience and henna tattoos at Carolina Rebellion
As you can see there is so much wrapped up in the 3 day monster of a beast of festivals, Carolina Rebellion you have to be there to really understand. For all info on camping, tickets and lineups when they are announced for next year, go to the Carolina Rebellion page on Facebook or CarolinaRebellion.com. Also stay tuned to ROCKwell Radio on Edge Rock Radio and to Tattoo.com. Horns up and see your pretty face at Carolina Rebellion next year.