The unofficial lineup for Sonic Temple Festival 2021 lineup has been released to the public. Still taking place in Mapfre Stadium in Columbus Ohio, the lineup has been out for sometime as this lineup was supposed to be the lineup for 2020 but due to the ongoing global nightmare it was canceled but fans were told that mostly all of the lineup will be the same. That answer to the fans raised questions as to whether or not the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool will still be performing as they took the spot for Metallica who had to back out of the Friday and Sunday slots. Even with some potential changes in the lineup this festival will still be unbelievable from the looks of it.
Let’s take a look at each day and some of the highlights that fans will get to check out. Friday one of the most hyped bands of recent we see on the Wave stage is the Ukranian metal band Jinjer who’s careers took after the insane media attention for their vocalist Maksym Fatullaiev for her unbelievable low vocal growls. On the Echo stage the artist I am most excited to see there is Ghostemane, his unique style and genre morphing songs will bring something new to the Midwest festival. Now, the main stage is chalk full of heavy hitters from beginning to end. Dirty Honey has become a fan favorite since last year, Sleeping With Sirens are veterans of the scene and Kellin Quinn’s higher pitched vocals give them an interesting sound, Anthrax is one of the big four of thrash metal and that’s basically all that needs to be said about them, Royal Blood is one of the biggest rock bands to come out of England in the last decade, Bring Me The Horizon is quite possibly the most popular rock band in the world at this moment gaining rapid popularity in mainstream music over the past five years, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have and always will be a household name when talking about some of the greatest alternative music of all time.
Saturday is consistently amazing throughout the day, on the Wave stage we see Knocked Loose headlining which is great for those fans of hardcore who want to see it brought back to the forefront of heavy music. On the Echo stage two of the bands that I think will be great are of course everyone’s favorite, Ice Nine Kills, the horror movie themed metal band taking mainstream rock and alternative radio by storm and hip hop rock legends Cypress Hill which the fans will go “insane” for. The top four slots of the main stage are the highlight there with rock veterans Alter Bridge lead into our ears by Myles Kennedy and guitar great, Mark Tremonti, Staind makes there return to touring just a few months ago and have been tossed on the main stage for tons of festivals, Evanesence has some killer live performances that show their tightness as a group, and Slipknot is this generations Metallica, veterans of festivals and touring these titans are going to put on a set no one wants to end.
Sunday is usually the more relaxed day for festival goers and this festival is no different which I believe is always a good thing. On the Wave stage we have Mongolian metal up and comers The Hu, and Code Orange who gained popularity through their work with Corey Taylor will be headlining that stage. On the Echo stage fan favorites, Dropkick Murphy’s are sub-headlining with punk rock legends Rancid holding down that headlining slot which I think will be a fantastic set. On the main stage, Dance Gavin Dance a favorite scene band for many holds an early slot in the day, Taylor Momsen’s The Pretty Reckless is a crowd favorite as of the past few years holds an evening slot, and finally either a hit or miss with festival goers, Tool is holding that headliner position and will put on a more low key set to send everyone home.