If there is one thing the United States seems to struggle with, it’s rock music festivals. Where other countries are bursting at the seams with one festival after the other, we have not caught up with the festival scene. Sure we have a few festivals, but few and far in between. Now I am thrilled to say we have one more. Houston Open Air Festival will kick off it’s first run at NRG Park on September 24th and run through September 25th. While it’s not like the typical music festival that runs 3-4 days in Europe, we will take it! Any new rock music festival in our borders is always a great thing for the music fans.
So why should you go to this new festival? Yes I know, if you are the traveling kind, it’s the same weekend as Ozzfest/Knotfest out in California, but let me give you few great reasons to go to Houston Open Air instead if you haven’t already purchased your tickets.
First, it’s a new festival. Rock music fans need to come together to support any new music festival we get in the USA. So many people keep saying that the rock music scene is dead. It’s not, this is a prime example of the rock music scene being very much alive and moving forward. If we want these shows, we have to get out and support them when they happen. It’s on all of us, the music fans, to get out and do our part to support the live music scene where ever we live or travel to.
Two, the lineup is great! Have you seen this line up yet? Saturday’s line up is: Alice In Chains, Slayer, The Cult, Ministry, Anthrax, Alter Bridge, Chevy Metal, Buckcherry, Sevendust, Letlive, Sick Puppies, Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Gemini Syndrome, Texas Hippie Coalition, Sons of Texas, The Word Alive and Dinosaur Pile-Up. What about Sunday? Sunday’s line up is: Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce the Veil, Ghost, Of Mice & Men, Baroness, Hellyeah, Nothing More, Skindred, Avatar, The Amity Affliction, Neck Deep, Mothership, Young Guns, Starset, Kyng, Twelve Foot Ninja and September Mourning. There are bands for everyone in this line up. For a new festival, I am actually surprised at some of the names that are on this line up, but then looking at the partners of this festival I can see how this line up came to be and that it’s going to be a pretty good time.
Three, it’s Houston! We’ve all seen the recent news about all the rain and flooding in and around Houston. This is the time we need to be supporting this area and choosing to travel and spend money in Houston. Sure it’s a music festival, but the money doesn’t just go to the festival. Hotels, restaurants and any other place you do business with will benefit from show-goers. So let’s go to a great rock show, let’s travel, let’s dine out and let’s help Houston recover by doing business there.
Ok so there are some rules you will want to get familiar with. Since this is a new festival there are many questions to be had from getting there to the rules once you are onsite. You should read over their information page to be clear on what you need to know, especially about what you can and can’t bring in, including basic things like your handbag, backpacks or bags of any kind. The bag rules are pretty strict so make sure to read through the FAQ’s so you don’t have to place valuables in your car then possibly have them stolen while you are inside enjoying the show. Let me also be the first one to break your heart if you want to bring in that fancy camera, don’t bother trying. No video cameras, not audio recording devices, not cameras that have any sort of detachable lens on them or professional cameras of any kind. Also, leave the annoying selfie sticks at home, they are not allowed.
Actually, since some people won’t bother to look the rules up, let me give you their quick list of NOT ALLOWED items:
No coolers or picnic baskets
No outside food or beverages
No glass containers
No video cameras
No audio recording devices
No professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses
No selfie sticks
No lasers or laser pointers
No chairs of any kind
No hula hoops or totems
No balloons or beach balls
No aerosol cans
No whistles or air horns
No fireworks or explosives
No musical instruments of any kind
No bags, backpacks, draw-string bags or duffle bags
No weapons of any kind
No drugs or drug paraphernalia
No pets (with exception of documented service animals)
No colors or patches
No chains, chain wallets, or spikes
No unauthorized vending or advertising
***No on-site storage for prohibited items. ***
Now about getting your hands on tickets for this show. This is an all ages show and there a general admission and vip ticket packages to be had. Get your tickets now to have the best selection as there is no guarantee as to how long inventory will be available for any type of ticket. Currently there are still full weekend passes available along with single day VIP and general admission tickets.
What to do until this show arrives? Get out there and see the bands coming through your area, support live local music and if you feel like connecting with others going to H.O.A link up to their Facebook page and chat with other fans. Hope to see as many of you out at this festival as possible!