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MACHINE HEAD Announces Rare Festival Appearance At Blue Ridge Rock Fest

Robb Flynn is back into festivals, it seems.

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Machine Head hardly plays any festivals these days, but they're making an exception for Blue Ridge Rock Festival. When asked in a recent interview why Machine Head avoids playing festival, frontman Robb Flynn said he simply doesn't feel much of a connection to the crowd.

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"To me, music is so much about a connection — it's about making a connection with people. That's always the goal with what we're doing," said Flynn. "We stopped playing festivals for eight years. [The surprise set at Bloodstock Open Air festival] was my first festival in the U.K. in 10 years.

"And I stopped doing festivals 'cause I didn't feel that connection with the audience anymore and I just needed to get my break from it. Obviously if every festival was like yesterday [at Bloodstock], I'd be like, 'Fuck yes! This is fucking sick.'"

Other bands included in the new additions are Catch Your Breath, Rain City Drive, and I Set My Friends On Fire. Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2023 will take place between September 7 and 10, with early tickets available here. The full lineup so far is as follows:

  • 10 Years
  • Adema
  • After The Burial
  • Alpha Wolf
  • Atreyu
  • Attila playing About That Life
  • Avatar
  • Beartooth
  • Bodysnatcher
  • Born Of Osiris
  • Bury Tomorrow
  • Caskets
  • Catch Your Breath
  • CKY
  • Coal Chamber
  • Cold (20th anniversary Year Of The Spider)
  • Crown The Empire
  • Dayseeker
  • Dope
  • Dropout Kings
  • Drowning Pool
  • Escape The Fate
  • Eva Under Fire
  • Finger Eleven
  • Fit For An Autopsy
  • Flyleaf
  • Gemini Syndrome
  • Heartsick
  • Highly Suspect
  • I Set My Friends On Fire
  • Jinjer
  • Kublai Khan TX
  • Like Moths To Flames
  • Machine Head
  • Megadeth
  • Motionless In White
  • No Resolve
  • Nonpoint
  • Paleface
  • Pantera
  • Parkway Drive
  • Patient Sixty-Seven
  • Rain City Drive
  • Scott Stapp
  • Senses Fail
  • Spiritbox
  • Stabbing Westward
  • Static-X
  • Stephen Pearcy
  • Tantric
  • Taproot
  • Tech N9ne
  • The Amity Affliction
  • The Black Dahlia Murder
  • The Ghost Inside
  • TRUSTcompany
  • Upon A Burning Body
  • Vince Neil
  • VV
  • Woe, Is Me
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