Rock On The Range 2015 Rocks Columbus, Ohio

By on June 2, 2015

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Photography by Kurt Anno

There is something about a good rock festival that just gets the juices flowing. I have been to many festivals with a wide range of music genres. To me, the music fans are every bit as interesting as the musical acts that grace these festivals. Without hesitation, I will say that heavy metal festivals are by far my favorites to attend and photograph for many reasons. Metal fans are just so passionate about the music and the bands. There is so much energy wrapped up in these things.

Rock On The Range exemplifies this feeling. Began in 2007 and growing each year, the festival produces 60 bands on three stages. It is held over 3 days in Columbus, Ohio at Mapfre Stadium. This year’s festival was sold out for the second year in a row with a three day estimate of well over 120,000 fans, a testament to the quality of this festival. Not only is it certainly one of the biggest and best festivals in the U.S., it is probably the best run event I have had the pleasure of attending or working. The amount of work and detail that goes into producing something on this scale is simply incomprehensible. Hundreds upon hundreds of people work together to give the fans what they pay for. Ample parking, tons of food/drink and merchandise vendors and quality music make this an attraction to fans from all over the U.S. and Canada. Among the many people responsible are producers Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, Crew Stadium and RockHouse presents. As well as publicity from Kristine Ashton and her team at Ashton-Magnuson Media. All parts of the festival are like a well-oiled machine to produce what is the best rock festival I have ever attended. I was fortunate to meet many, many cool people at the event. Almost everyone that I met was from somewhere outside of Columbus. Canada, Australia, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina are just a few of the places that folks traveled from to experience ROTR. The vibe at the festival was one of overwhelming happiness and enjoyment. While rowdy, the crowds were well controlled and simply were having the time of their lives, as was I. It was also apparent that the bands highly enjoy performing at this event as they gave their all for the fans. I can’t wait to see what  ROTR has in store for us in 2016. No matter what it is, it will be outstanding, that is certain.







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