The lineup for Blazefest 2017 and it’s a total metal mash up.
The annual music festival, sponsored by radio station 105.1 the Blaze, happens April 8 at Fresno’s Paul Paul Theater and feature a headlining set from Florida hard rock band Shinedown, plus metalcore band All That Remains, the Australian alt-metal trio Sick Puppies and U.K. rock upstarts As Lions. Tickets for the festival go on sale 10 a.m. January 27 at the station (1110 E. Olive Ave.) or online (www.1051theblaze.com). The first 1,000 tickets cost $32.50, plus fees. Prices will rise to $42.50 once those first tickets are sold.
“Ideally, we want something for everyone,” says the Blaze program director Jon Ballard.
“This year I think we really captured that.”
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Shinedown plays the kind of melodic hard rock that became popular in the post-Nickleback area of the early 2000s. The band signed to Atlantic Records, where it release a series of successful albums and singles, including 2006’s “Save Me,” which was No. 1 on Billboard’s Active rock charts. Several of its subsequent singles were used on TV (“I Dare You” was the theme song at “Wrestlmania 22”) and movies (the 2010 film “The Expendables”).
All That Remains is the band from ex-Shadows Fall vocalist Phil Labonte. It does a popular style of aggressive, melodically infused hardcore metal. The band’s 2012 album “A War You Cannot Win” debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Top 200. Its much anticipated follow up is slated for release February 24.
Australia’s Sick Puppies are a favorite at the Blaze. The radio station had the band in town for an acoustic gig last year. The group gained mass popularity in part thanks to its work with the production team Rock Mafia (who has worked with everyone from Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, No Doubt and Green Day).
As Lions are newcomers to the scene. The London rock group was started in 2015 by frontman Austin Dickinson, son of Iron Maiden screamer Bruce Dickinson.
Putting young talent like this in front of fans is particularly exciting for Ballard.
“It’s really cool to watch a new band win over a crowd,” he says.
Of note to local rockers, the festival’s opening act will be chosen through a series of local showcases held over the next few months. Interested bands can find more information on how to register for the showcases, starting noon, January 27 on the station’s website.