New England Metal & Hardcore Fest Returns

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The New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, which first graced the stage in 1999 at the renowned Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, became a legendary annual gathering for metal and hardcore enthusiasts. Spanning nearly two decades, this epic event showcased the crème de la crème of the music scene. The fest featuring renowned acts such as Megadeth, Manowar, DragonForce, Opeth, Between the Buried & Me, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, and countless others. With its diverse lineup and multiple stages, the festival became synonymous with a “who’s who” of the genre, creating an eagerly anticipated metal tradition.

After a temporary hiatus following the 2018 edition, the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest is roaring back to life, promising a resurrection that exceeds all expectations. This time around, it will be a two-day extravaganza, scheduled for September 15th and 16th. The stage will be graced by two monumental headliners: Parkway Drive and Lamb of God. Moreover, the festival organizers have meticulously curated a breathtaking selection of bands to perform across three stages, including two outdoor stages and the main room, ensuring a mind-blowing experience for all attendees.

The mastermind behind this grand revival is none other than Scott Lee, the visionary founder of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest.  Lee is determined to make this year’s edition the epitome of perfection. “We are very excited to bring back the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival,” expresses Lee with enthusiasm. “I feel like we’ve put together one hell of a lineup for the first gig back in five years. Also, this will be the first year we have ever had the fest outside in the Palladium back parking lot. This is going to be one hell of a party you don’t want to miss.”

With Lee at the helm, the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees. By relocating the festival to the expansive Palladium back parking lot, organizers are elevating the event to unprecedented heights. This bold move ensures an open-air ambiance that perfectly complements the raw energy and intensity of the music, amplifying the thrill of every chord and thundering beat.

Beyond the stellar lineup and venue transformation, the festival’s return after a five-year hiatus signifies a triumphant comeback for the metal and hardcore community. Fans and artists alike eagerly await the opportunity to reconnect, immerse themselves in blistering performances, and celebrate the genre they hold dear. The palpable anticipation is undeniable, as metalheads from across the globe prepare to unite in Worcester once again.

In addition to the musical feast, the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest has always fostered a sense of camaraderie among attendees. The festival serves as a melting pot for like-minded individuals, creating an environment where the love for music transcends boundaries. Fans from all walks of life, sharing a common passion, converge to create memories and forge lasting friendships that extend far beyond the festival grounds.

As the countdown to September 15th and 16th begins, the excitement surrounding the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest reaches a crescendo. With its glorious history and the promise of a remarkable rebirth, this iconic event continues to captivate and inspire. It remains a testament to the enduring spirit of metal and hardcore music, solidifying its rightful place in the hearts of devoted fans worldwide.

Prepare to be swept away by the unrelenting soundwaves, immersed in the electrifying atmosphere, and united with fellow metalheads as the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest returns to Worcester for a monumental celebration. This is the ultimate testament to the power of music, a testament

FRIDAY, 9/15:
Venue: Palladium Outdoors
Doors: 6:00 PM
Tickets: $49 ADV; $55 DOS; 2-day ticket $128.99
The Amity Affliction
Make Them Suffer

Venue: Palladium Outdoors
Doors: 12:00 PM
Tickets: $84.99 ADV; $100.00 DOS; 2-day ticket $128.99
LAMB OF GOD (Headliner)
Shadows Fall
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dying Fetus
Fit For An Autopsy
Despised Icon
Chelsea Grin
100 Demons
200 Stab Wounds
Crown Magnetar
Darkest Hour
Enterprise Earth
Frozen Soul
Fuming Mouth
Gates To Hell
Hazing Over
Tribal Gaze
Paleface (Swiss)
Jesus Piece

The New England & Metal Hardcore Festival 

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