Milwaukee’s Summerfest Rocks On

The World’s Largest Music Festival continued in its 44th year kicking off with acts from Matisyahu, Jack’s Mannequin, and Saving Abel. From June 29th to July 10th (closed July 4 for holiday), headliners for the festival included acts from Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Def Leppard, and Jason Aldean, but if paying extra wasn’t your thing the “free” stages featured phenomenal performances from The Goo Goo Dolls, Hollywood Undead, Wiz Khalifa, G. Love & Special Sauce, Switchfoot, Sevendust, The Bravery, OAR, and many more which were included with the amazing $15 dollar ticket price.

Quite arguably the most attractive act of this year was Wiz Khalifa. Drawing an immense crowd of tens of thousands to the Harley Davidson Roadhouse, festival security was in for a real good time. Backstage the Milwaukee Police Department was ready for anything and controversy arose about the safety of putting such a big headliner on a “free” stage. Putting headliners on stage that draw crowds like Wiz did is a great way to attract the business Summerfest is looking for and hopefully we can expect more performers and crowds like it in future years.

New for this year, using the “Let’s Fest” campaign, Summerfest introduced themselves into the ever-growing world of social media in an effort to further expand the festival following through ticket giveaways, in hope of reaching a broader area of fans that might be attracted to Summerfest. Though, Summerfest is not alone in the new social media venture. Other music festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Van’s Warped Tour have also taken the new approach as a key gateway for reaching fans and gaining a broader following as well.

Bringing arguably the best shows to the Milwaukee area since 1968, Summerfest is still growing and changing things up each year. Also new for this year, Summerfest introduced it’s own signature beer, an India Pale Ale, nicknamed Big Gig IPA, which was featured at Summerfest alongside the Brew City classics Miller Lite and High Life, for $5.50/cup.

Featuring bands of all kinds, the festival is a playground for any die-hard music fan. Anything from classic rock to modern day hip-hop to country to metal can be found on the multi-stage festival grounds and all of them included with your Summerfest ticket with the exception of the Marcus Amphitheater. With performances from world-recognized superstars to our hometown hero’s Summerfest is the place to be for everything music, beer, and food.

Be sure to check out the rest of my Summerfest series for daily photos from the hottest performances.

G. Love

Hollywood Undead

Flaming Lips

10 Years

Switchfoot

BoDeans

Rise Against

Young the Giant

Middle Class Rut

 

 

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