‘Sick New World’ Festival Rallies 3 Generations Of Rock & Metal Bands

Sick New World looks to be the latest rock festival to hit Las Vegas, Nevada next year. Similar to Las Vegas’ When We Were Young, an emo-punk festival, Sick New World is packed with top-notch bands spanning over three decades of rock music.

Unlike ‘When We Were Young’, the theme of the ‘Sick New World’ bill seems to focus on hard rock and metal bands, notably headliners System Of A Down, Korn, Deftones and Incubus. Additionally, the festival is making more of an effort to ensure that younger bands are better placed on the bill, with bands such as Tunstile, Spiritbox, Scowl and Fiddlehead being featured. However, “Sick New World” is a mid-’90s-early-2000s nostalgia that was evident at this year’s When We Were Young, but “Sick New World” is drawing a musical crowd.

In fact, after one glimpse of the Sick New World bill, it’s clear that Nu metal and late ’90s grunge acts are the main theme. Of course, there are some outliers in this category, but the full list below plays in favor of these two eras of rock.

LOW SYSTEM

CORN

DEFTONES

THE INCUBUS

EVANESCENCE

TOURNIQUE

CHEVELLE

SISTERS OF MERCY

PAPA ROACH

DEATH HAS BEEN FOUND

FLYLEAF

MR. BUNGLE

VILLE VALO

PLACEBO

MINISTRY

HE WANTS REVENGE

KMFDM

100 RECEIVED

SKINNY PUPPY

CHARCOAL CHAMBER

KILL IS FUN

SPIRITBOX

KITTY

MY SOUL

P.O.D

SEVENDUST

HOOBASTANK

BOGUN ANT FARM

LONDON AFTER BIRTH IN THE MIDDLE

HOT 333

HEALTH

CAR GIRL

HO99O9

PRAYERS

FILTER

LACUNA COIL

THE MELVINS

DOES NOT

THE KNIFE IS WEST

A COLD

Crib

BODY COUNT

THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE

69 EYES

ORGY

MONSTER MAGNET

MY LIFE IS WITH A CULT

HATE

PANCHICO

SCENE Queen

SUPER HEAVEN

FIDDLEHEAD

NARROW HEAD

BRACKET

Following the festival’s announcement, Sick New World’s official website states that ticket pre-sales will begin on Friday, November 11 at 10am PT. The site lists general admission tickets starting at $249, with premium packages going up to $539.

It will be interesting to see how this festival stacks up against When We Were Young, which is coincidentally booked for 2023. I’m sure the promoters and organizers of the festival plan to eventually make Sick New World look like WWWY. turning it into an annual festival attraction that focuses on a particular era of rock.

That said, the problem with festivals like Sick New World is the heavy emphasis on nostalgia. Doing so will further bury the chance for new acts like Turnnile to be headliners, which is when rock music finally needs to focus. Of course, no one doubts that System Of A Down and Korn each have larger audiences than a turnstile, and booking them as headliners at these festivals makes sense. However, I can’t help but notice that rock music is currently undergoing a monumental change. Rock’s legacies are slowly starting to retire, and there seems to be no real risk from these festivals, especially not putting new bands on the platform as headliners. Who are the next generation of rock, punk and metal headliners? This question, of course, is being studied, and there is a clear answer.

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