l woke up early Saturday morning, excited for the day to get started. I looked out the hotel room's window to see rain. We were already prepared, because we watched the weather report before leaving Charlotte. They where calling for a 100% chance of rain and a high of 60°. We put on our rain gear and headed out to Champions Park, down town Louisville KY.
Thinking we would get there early to beat the crowd I was surprisingly wrong. Despite the rain and chilly morning there was already a line of eager fans waiting for gates to open. After getting checked in the staff was very friendly and helpful getting us where we needed to go. Gates opened a little late because of the weather which moved some of the bands start times around, but the festivals staff was very helpful in getting me the new stage times. We were covering the Jägermeister stage so I didn't want the miss any of the bands.
The layout of the festival was very crowd friendly, with the two Monster Energy stages side by side at one end and the third Monster Energy stage along with the Jägermeister stage at the other end of the field, making it easier access to each stage to see the awesome line-up of bands. Each stage had staggered start times and they did a really good job of keeping them from overlapping.
The Jägermeister stage line up wasn't a bunch of bands you've never heard of. Like a Storm, We Came As Romans, Flaw and on Sunday even We Are Harlot, were just a few of the bands performing on Saturday and Sunday. Because of the four stage setup there was plenty of time between bands, to take in all the festival had to offer.
Even though the festival was mainly about the music that wasn't all they had to offer. Down one side of the field was the Gourmet man food area, with plenty of picnic tables for seating. On down on the same side there was a whole row of vendors selling everything from jewelry to rock and roll instruments. Down the other side of the field there was a huge tent setup like an old time saloon with some of Kentucky's finest whiskey brewery's, displaying and selling their products. Next to the Bourbon tent was the NXT wrestling tent where there was live wrestling matches through out the weekend. Next in line was the merchandise tent where all the bands sold their concerts shirts, the most packed tent all weekend. The VIP tent area was just that, with an lounge, full bar and grand stand seating for viewing the bands on the Monster Energy north and south stage. With plenty of big screen TVs to see the performances on Monster stage east and the Jägermeister stage at the other end of the field.
The crowd didn't seem to mind that it was cold and rainy on Saturday. With over 50 thousand fans from around the country in attendance, covered with plastic ponchos and muddy shoes, didn't stop them from crowd surfing and enjoying their favorite bands. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny and much warmer day.
The sound production was top notch, you could feel the subs shaking the ground. I could even hear the PA clearly all the way at the other end of the field. Later in the evening as it got dark they really cranked up the spectacular light show. They did a nice job with a diverse line-up of bands like Rob Zombie, Shinedown , ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Over all the festival lived up to its name and I'm looking forward to going again next year. Make plans to join Charlotte Rock Review at Loader Than Life Festival 2016.