As some of you may have noticed, Immortal Music has spoken a lot lately about a bunch of different festivals that are happening here in the US. The most commonly mentioned though is the 2016 Fort Rock Festival.
The reason for that is because not only does that festival kick off, what the internet has dubbed, 'The Loudest Month ever', but its the one closest to home. Frankly, I'm very excited about it, and kind of just wanted to talk about why.
First, there's the fact that Fort Rock is the only thing southwest Florida has going on it. Not much brings 9,000+ people together in this city, and yet that's exactly what Fort Rock has done for three years in a row. Second, there's the memories from Fort Rock 2015 that we're going to talk about in a separate post. (Please click here to read all about Fort Rock 2015)
And then lastly, and probably the most important point, its the things I'm looking forward to at this festival. The lineup this year is amazing, and actually features bands we've never seen but really wanted to. A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, and Saint Asonia are the three biggest ones.
A Day To Remember has been a favorite for a handful of years. I'm discovered them just after the release of their Homesick album in 2009, so we go way back with them. Plus, their newer music (2010 to present day) has really spoken to us a lot. Despite being a Florida band, they are absolutely terrible at playing Florida shows. They don't perform in their home state nearly enough, so everytime they do, they sell out almost instantly. So, we've never gotten to catch an ADTR show. For obvious reasons, with all of that being said, we're really looking forward to finally seeing A Day To Remember perform. We even have a tattoo referencing A Day To Remember, but have yet to see them live.
Then there's Bring Me The Horizon, who best to my knowledge, has never performed in our state much. I'm a newer fan to them, so this isn't a big deal. I honestly didn't care for their music before they released the Sempiternal album. There's nothing wrong with their earlier work, its just not quite my cup of tea. That being said, their That's The Spirit album is perfect! That's something we've been listening to almost on repeat since the day it came out. I absolutely love it!
Given how much I've been listening to them, and what I've heard about their live performances, I'm really looking forward to seeing them. I hear they put on one hell of a show, and I am excited to take pictures of it all.
And then there's Saint Asonia, which is not actually my last point, but something very special to me. Anyone who's been around for a while, more than likely knows that I've always been a big Three Days Grace fan. They were one of the first bands I ever turned to, and to this day is still something I turn to when life gets rough. We all have that voice that soothes us, and for some reason, for me, that's Adam Gontier, who is now the singer of Saint Asonia. They're still fairly new, and only played their first show last October.
I was fourteen or fifteen when I first really started listening and paying attention to music, and ever since, I've wanted to thank Adam Gontier for all he's unknowingly done for me. Whenever things have gotten tough, I will just turn on some Three Days Grace, and would soon feel much more relaxed. Its always been something about Adam's lyrical style that's resinated well with me, and this voice is just calming to me. Everyone has that one person, I assume. Its not in a 'fangirl' way, though say what you will, its just in a grateful, "You've changed my life." sort of way.
I sort of see it as Adam is what got me to love music so much. Before I discovered his work, yes, I enjoyed music, but I didn't ever turn to it for anything but entertainment. I sincerely think if I hadn't found Three Days Grace, and now by default Saint Asonia, I would have never gone down this path. I'm not sure what I'd be doing, but I definitely can promise you that I wouldn't be a music journalist. I've always wanted to thank him in person for changing my life, and have never even gotten close to that chance.
I'm putting a lot on the line by saying this, and am sincerely trying not to get my hopes up too high, but I think Fort Rock 2016 may finally be that chance. Or, I hope anyways. I do plan on asking for an interview with Saint Asonia, and I'm just going to lay it out there. If nothing else, I'm looking forward to seeing Saint Asonia live and taking pictures. I saw Adam live with Three Days Grace twice, but its been almost five years since the last time that happened, so that alone will be very nice.
Plus, I will get to take photographs of some legendary bands like Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Megadeth, and Anthrax, and a ton of other great bands as well. It doesn't make much sense to explain, but being in front of the barricade is something special and does seem to make a difference in the photographs. You wouldn't really think three feet would make that big of a difference, but it somehow really does. And its been a while since I've experienced that, just due to life in general and things falling through, so I'm really looking forward to that feeling again.
I also get to do it with friends. I know of several people who are going to this event, some are even coming from out of state. Its really nice to see people coming together, some of those people I haven't seen in years! Its just going to be a very wonderful, memoerable event. Given, I have no idea how the hell I'm going to pull of two full days, but I'll make it work somehow.
Did you catch what I just said about things falling through? I'm going to get really serious for a second, before I conclude this entire thing and leave you be. Some of you may have noticed for a while, I slowed down posting a lot, after I had been posting like crazy. That was because something I had been working very hard for, completely fell through, and I was rather heartbroken. It kind of killed a spark in me for a while, but Fort Rock has brought that back. Working on all the preview content, and looking forward to the event itself has made me love what I do again.
So, I will keep working, and hopefully will get to cover Fort Rock for the second year in a row, and make a couple dreams come true. I promise if any of this does happen, not only will you see tons of pictures, but you will also see plenty of footage, and hear all about it here on the website. I'm looking forward to the experience and all the content, and I hope you guys are looking forward to it all as well.
Stay tuned for more content revovling around Fort Rock, including a look back at Fort Rock 2015. I've talked about it before, but it seems like a good idea to look back. See you guys soon.
(Wanna see everything we've done so far for Fort Rock 2016? Click here to read all the biographies, reviews, and news that we've posted so far.)
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