American heavy-metal band Slipknot performing at Olimpiyski stadium, Moscow during Memorial World Tour

Louder Than Life 2024

SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2024
LOUISVILLE, KY

THE SHORT VERSION

Four days of metal and metal-adjacent rocking, this one is not for the feint of heart.

No, you’re not going deaf, but you should probably break out your earplugs for this one. Louder Than Life cemented itself last year as America’s largest rock music festival, breaking attendance records with its 180,000 rocker crowd — a figure equal to one-fourth of the population of Louisville, where the festival takes place. This year’s metal (plus more) lineup is the same vibe — Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Korn, The Offspring, and Evanescence lead the bill. Newly reunited thrashers Slayer, who “retired” in 2019, will headline the event on Friday night to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary. 

Held at the Highland Festival Grounds, Louder Than Life takes the city over, funneling thousands upon thousands into a large field in Kentucky. Five stages will be planted around the grounds, but you’ll be sure to find the entire crowd at the main stage by the night’s end, forming a seemingly endless sea of headbangers. Whisky in particular has a strong presence at Louder Than Life, with the Kroger Big Bourbon Bar and The Whiskey Bar onsite, plus a Jack Daniel’s sponsorship. Kentucky Bourbon Trail tours also offer upscale transportation to the festival, if an airconditioned bus and cold beverages are your vibe. 

Camping is one way to keep the party rockin’, and highly encouraged. Camping passes for this year’s event sold out months in advance, but you can join a waiting list for the ultimate not-so-glam-rock experience. The festival campgrounds have showers, a camp store and a bowling alley, just in case you get that classic itch to knock down pins after a long day. 

The Specs

  • Over 180,000 people attended in 2023, making it America’s largest rock festival. 
  • Weekend GA passes begin at $319.99 and VIP tickets can be up to $30,531.18. The full breakdown of ticket tiers and prices can be found here
  • Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to the best things to do in Louisville here.

FAQs

Where does the festival take place?

The Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

What’s the best way to get there?

The best way to get to the festival is by car, however, the closest airport is Louisville International Airport, which is a short drive from the festival grounds. 

Are there any age restrictions?

No, louder than life is an all-ages event. It’s best to start wearing earplugs young, anyway.

Who’s on this year’s lineup?

This year’s lineup includes Slayer, Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Korn, Disturbed, Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch, Evanescence, Falling in Reverse, Breaking Benjamin, The Offspring, Staind, Till Lindemann, In This Moment, Chevelle, Dropkick Murphys, Halestorm, Gojira, Sum 41, Seether, Tom Morello, Anthrax, Mastodon, Architects, Skillet, Clutch, Highly Suspect, Lorna Shore, Body Count, Spiritbox, Grandson, Nothing More, Sevendust, Jinjer, Poppy, Badflower, Starset, Sleeping With Sirens, PUP, Filter, and more.

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BY Emily Frantz