Sonic Temple brings the Rock back to Columbus!

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The Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival kicked off its 2024 edition on Thursday, May 16, at the Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, with a power-packed lineup that set the tone for the weekend. This year, the festival expanded to four stages, featuring over 120 bands across four days, offering a rich mix of rock, metal, and alternative music along with captivating art installations and diverse culinary options.


Day one featured an impressive array of performances headlined by Disturbed, whose set was nothing short of electrifying. Lead vocalist David Draiman’s powerful presence and the band’s robust sound thrilled the crowd, cementing their status as perennial favorites at Sonic Temple​. Joining them on the main stage were Evanescence, who delivered a hauntingly beautiful performance, and Mudvayne, whose intense energy kept the audience on their feet​. Other standout acts included Theory of a Deadman, P.O.D., and Drowning Pool, all of whom brought their unique styles and fan-favorite hits to life. Nita Strauss, known for her virtuoso guitar skills, also captivated the audience with a dynamic solo set​.

Photo by Nathan Zucker

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Photo by Nathan Zucker

The diverse lineup continued with Cypress Hill’s hip-hop-infused rock, Electric Callboy’s high-energy antics, and Enter Shikari’s genre-blending performance​. Machine Head and August Burns Red led the charge on one of the secondary stages, delivering crushing sets that highlighted their technical prowess and raw power. The addition of newer bands like Nova Twins and Taipei Houston provided a fresh take on the rock genre, showcasing the festival’s commitment to featuring both established and emerging artists​. Overall, the first day of Sonic Temple 2024 was a triumph, blending iconic acts with fresh talent and creating an unforgettable experience for rock fans. With three more days of music and festivities to come, the festival promises a thrilling journey through the world of rock and beyond​.


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