Godsmack, Fiver Finger Death Punch, Taking Back Sunday lead INKCARCERATION 2019 lineup

Godsmack, Taking Back Sunday, Five Finger Death Punch, and Shinedown are just some of the acts who will head to Ohio this summer for the second annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival. On Tuesday (Jan. 15), festival organizers unveiled the rock-centric roster for this year’s event.

Joining the aforementioned acts on the bill are +LIVE+, Seether, Skillet, I Prevail, Starset, Motionless in White, Red Sun Rising, Fozzy, Buckcherry, POD, Andrew W.K., the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and more. In total, over 30 bands will take over one of two stages throughout the weekend-long festivities.

In addition to the rocking lineup, the music festival will also include over 70 booths of local and regional tattoo artists. The list of tattoo artists who will be attending this year’s event can be found here. For those who are interested in getting a tattoo during the three-day event, all you need to do is select the artist you would like to work with and schedule an appointment. Simple as that.

If music and tattoos weren’t enough to get you excited, organizers also revealed that attendees can experience Escape From Blood Prison, the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the Ohio State Reformatory during the months of September, October, and November. This year, the attraction will give attendees the opportunity to experience the frights and sights in early July.

“It’s an honor to be able to open the doors of Blood Prison a couple of months early and give the guests of INKCARCERATION a few scares in July! The warden, his family and the Blood Prison inmates are all excited to meet the fans at INKCARCERATION,” says Vic Amesquita, manager of Blood Prison.

But music, tattoos, and haunted houses are not the only chilling attractions INKCARCERATION will offer this year. Organizers also revealed that attendees can take part in self-guided tours of the historic Ohio State Reformatory, home of the “Shawshank Prison,” during the music festival. According to the festival’s website, the complete, immersive tour should take roughly an hour and a half, so it may be wise to plan accordingly.

“Building off such a strong inaugural year, we are so stoked to give our fans even more in year two,” begins a press statement from the music festival’s promoters.

“With Billboard chart-topping bands such as Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch leading the way, tattoo artists from around the globe, and the historic backdrop of the haunted Shawshank Prison, INKCARCERATION 2019 will be the don’t miss rock event of the summer in the Midwest!”

INKCARCERATION 2019 will take place at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio during the weekend of July 12-14. Tickets for the music festival are currently available here.


Riot Fest Announce 2015 Toronto Line-Up

It’s starting to feel a lot like music Christmas thanks to Riot Fest unveiling the first wave of artists for their Toronto dates, set to take place on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 at Downsview Park..

Wu-Tang Clan, Frank Turner, Alexisonfire, and Thrice are just some of the big names heading to Canada for the weekend-long festival.

But don’t get too upset that some artists have been left off the initial release; apparently five names are going to be kept a secret until June 16.

For now, check out the mighty jammed line-up below and if you live in Canada or want to make the trek to Toronto for the show, we suggest buying your tickets after you check out the list.

Andrew W.K. and the 24 Hour Drumming Record


Andrew W.K. is currently in the process of making world history for drumming for 24 hours straight as part of Viacom’s O Music Awards, but last night, the party-rocker got a little bit of a surprise when Cuba Gooding Jr. came to help him out a little.

Someone took video of the attempt featuring Gooding Jr. playing a cow bell and posted it on Vine. The video can be seen below:


Gooding Jr. isn’t the only guest appearance the rocker will have to help him out on his quest; as seen in the video, Roots’ drummer, Questlove will also be joining the mission. Marky Ramone, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, Nick Jonas, Zac Hanson and more have joined the 24 hour mission as well.

The drumming marathon started last night (June 19) at 7 p.m. and will continue all through today (June 20) until 7 p.m.

These outrageous missions have become part of the O Music Awards. Last year, the Flaming Lips did their own version of this by setting the world record for most cities played  in 24 hours. They managed to perform eight shows across the Mississippi Delta which beat out Jay-Z’s former record (he did seven shows from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 2006) and finished with only 20 minutes left to spare.

Andrew W.K.’s drumming mission is currently being broadcast through the Oakley store in Time Square, but for those of us that can’t make it to Time Square, it can be streamed here.