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Louder Than Life sets festival attendance record

Kiss took the stage Saturday night. Photo: Steve Thrasher
Alice Cooper performs Saturday night. Photo: Steve Thrasher
Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Photo: Steve Thrasher
Shinedown performs Friday night. Photo: Steve Thrasher
Amy Lee from Evanescence. Photo: Steve Thrasher
Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains. Photo: Steve Thrasher

A massive gathering of over 170,000 music fans, more than 100 music acts and dozens of Louisville’s finest spirits came together this past weekend, helping Louder Than Life retain its reputation as America’s Biggest Rock Festival.

Held September 22-25, 2022 at Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center, the memorable four-day event from producer Danny Wimmer Presents pulled in people from all over the country.

Louder Than Life 2022 offered memorable music performances that included an incendiary headlining set from Nine Inch Nails to kick off the festivities on Thursday night. The performance was the same date the industrial metal icons celebrated the 30th anniversary of their landmark EP Broken, and they delivered several tracks from that record among other highlights in a career-spanning set list.

On Friday, headliners Slipknot unleashed a stacked performance for fans who had come dressed in masks for the occasion. The band delivered “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)” from their anticipated new album The End, So Far, which comes out September 30.

Saturday’s closing set came from rock legends KISS who offered 17 giant hits from their five-decades long career, including “Shout It Out Loud,” “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Calling Dr. Love.” Appearing as part of their End Of The Road World Tour, the Louder Than Life set marked one of the final times those in Louisville will be able to see the shock rockers on a local stage.

For the finale, Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out Sunday night in one of their first shows back with all four original members in tow. The packed set list pulled from all eras of the band, including early hits like “Give It Away” as well as more modern hits such as “Here Ever After,” from their latest release, this year’s Unlimited Love.

Attendees at Louder Than Life also enjoyed some of the best food and drinks that the Louisville area has to offer, as well as various sponsor activations and experiences.

Louder Than Life has now announced 2023 dates, to be held over the weekend of September 21-24 at its home at the Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center. Weekend GA and VIP passes, along with camping, are on sale now for $10 down at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com.

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