Memorial Day weekend is always my favorite time of the year because this is when Rocklahoma sets up camp in Pryor! There is nothing quite like being out at Rocklahoma with the crazy fans, tons of food, beer and all of the amazing bands that play every year. The crowd at Rocklahoma is always a sight to see with rockers of all ages, crazy outfits and bikini’s everywhere and camping is always fun as well with live music going into the early morning hours. Everyone is out at Rocklahoma for a common reason, to rock and party all weekend long!
The best way to experience this festival is with the VIP packages that include free beer and food all weekend long, not to mention the awesome seats! Don’t get me wrong, General Admission is loads of fun too and its own sort of animal but imagine being in the pit area right in front of the stage and being able to feel the sweat flying off of your favorite rockers as they kill it on stage right in front of you!
Not only is the crowd fun but Rocklahoma has had so many huge bands every year it’s hard to keep up with! Last year we had Kid Rock, Staind and Five Finger Death Punch as our headliners. It’s hard to find a festival that has better lineups each year and this year is no exception with Linkin Park, Godsmack and Tesla headlining the bill. Not only are the headliners massive this year, so are all of the support acts playing throughout the weekend. Breaking Benjamin is making their big return to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus. They are set to play their stellar new single “Failure” along with all of the hits from their impressive catalogue! We also have Slayer in the Friday night slot right before Godsmack. Slayer is always a sight to see with their awesome stage theatrics and unique brand of thrash metal, the place is sure to go crazy during their set!
One of the biggest draws this year has to be Linkin Park who haven’t stepped foot onto a stage in Oklahoma since 2008. Their latest album, “The Hunting Party” has been a huge success for them and we cannot wait to see them take the stage as the Saturday night headliner! Who wouldn’t be excited to see Chester and Mike tearing up the stage singing their biggest songs and their latest hits from their new album?! Another band I am super excited about this year is Volbeat. They have an amazingly unique sound and with Michael Poulsen’s vocals, this band is like a mix of Metallica, Elvis and Johnny Cash! We are also getting Halestorm currently hot off of the release of their killer new album “Into The Wild Life” and many more amazing bands like In This Moment, Anthrax and Pretty Reckless just to name a few. Needless to say, Rocklahoma is the most fun you can possibly have all year long with 60 to 70 of your favorite bands in one place over the course of 3 days! Go buy your ticket for this bad ass festival before the prices go up. You will NOT regret it! by David Rader