Rock On The Range: Friday’s Watch List

Written By: Mark McGauley

Going to music festivals can be stressful. When giant festivals announce their multi-day lineups, it can certainly cause fans to have a panic attack. What if your favorite bands are playing at the same time on a certain day? What if you want to wait in like at the FYE tent to meet your favorite singer but 2 other bands you like are playing during that time?

Thankfully, Rock On The Range helps fans out by giving them the daily lineup ahead of time and the daily schedules days before the festival kick-off. Recently, the daily lineups were released and the breakdown is quite nice. In this article, Side Stage Magazine will help breakdown Friday’s lineup and give some recommendations on what bands to definitely catch.

For fans lucky enough to score tickets to the Stone Sour show Thursday night, Friday will technically be day 2 for those Rangers. Friday kicks off with sets from bands such as Badflower and Goodbye June. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Goodbye June, they’re a hard-rock band out of Nashville, TN. The guys in the band are influenced by bands such as the mighty Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. Their blues influence can certainly be heard in their songs and should be quite the draw in the early morning.

Another band taking the stage early Friday is, I Prevail. This is one band that you’ve probably heard one way or another. For those who use Spotify, you’ll see over 30 million hits on their song “Blank Space.” Yes, that’s a Taylor Swift cover and it’s awesome. After hitting the Active Rock Radio charts and getting nominated for the “Breakthrough Band” at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards, I Prevail isn’t letting up. This band will certainly come out on stage with an attitude and look to gain even more fans.

The early afternoon will see the likes of Beartooth, Thrice and Motionless In White. All three of these bands are on the road this year across the country and certainly Columbus is highlighted for all of them. Festivals like Rock On The Range, is an easy way to reach even more listeners. Although Thrice has been around since the late 90s, younger fans in the crowd may have never listened to them due to being on a hiatus from 2011 until 2015. For Motionless In White, they’ll be out promoting their recently released album Graveyard Shift, which was originally scheduled to come out late in 2017. But luckily for fans, the release was pushed up to May 5th of this year.

The heaviest band of the day may be Gojira. Their 2016 release Magma, has been doing really well and fans will certainly want to hear a lot of it live. Tracks like “Silvera,” and “Stranded” will certainly call for massive circle pits. One can only hope that Gojira gets a spot on this year’s main stage. Hopefully Gojira’s timeslot on Friday isn’t overlapped by any of the other bands because they’re the one band you can’t miss.

The last few bands each day before the headliner usually flip flop on the two biggest stages so that no one is losing out on a crowd. Late Friday afternoon those bands will be 90s giants Bush and Live. If anyone missed the massive news, Live has reunited with their singer Ed Kowalczyk. Yes, you read that right so there’s absolutely no reason to skip out on Live to go get a beer.

Friday wraps up with some Seattle grunge from Soundgarden. Soundgarden, is  no stranger to Rock On The Range, having headlined day 3 of the 2013 lineup. These guys are rock royalty and certainly know how to handle a crowd like the one that gathers every year in Columbus. The big question is, will Soundgarden have some new tunes for the crowd, or will they stick to all the classics?

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