It isn’t often that a festival more than doubles in size over the course of a year- but that’s exactly what happened with this year’s Inkcarceration Festival.
Held at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Oh.- the prison where Shawshank Redemption, Godsmack\’s \”Awake\” music video and Lil\’ Wayne\’s \”Go DJ\” video were filmed- 2018’s inaugural year saw Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Bush, Our Lady Peace, Black Label Society, Clutch and many more.
However, this year saw a huge increase lineup quality- not that 2018 was a bad lineup- but when you add Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch as headliners, the attendance is all but guaranteed to go through the roof and that’s what 2019 saw. Taking Back Sunday, Skillet, Fozzy, Live, Motionless in White, Buckcherry, Seether, I Prevail, POD, From Ashes to New and many more made 2019 a year to remember and, with fans allowed to take self-guided tours through the castle-like historic prison as well as a plethora of tattoo artists inhabiting the prison itself, there was no way this was going to be a failure of a festival.
Inkcarceration Festival was run to near-perfection, organized extremely well and, aside from extreme heat and the sun blinding fans watching the main stage at sunset time, there was nearly nothing to complain about with 2019’s inception of Inkcarceration Festival.
If you haven’t been to this amazing festival yet, 2020 is the year to go and you absoultely cannot miss this show. Plus, with Inkcarceration Festival quickly making its way to the top of the festival ranks, Ohio is starting to become the rock and roll state and the place to go when it comes to rock festivals.
- Day 1 Highlights: Shinedown, Skillet, Fozzy, The Everyday Losers, Awake At Last
- Day 2 Highlights: Godsmack, Buckcherry, Andrew W.K., Light the Torch, Eyes Set to Kill, Raven Black, Monster Dolls
- Day 3 Highlights: Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, I Prevail, From Ashes to New, POD, Smile Empty Soul.
The Front Row Report is beyond excited to bring you our photo and interview coverage from the 2019 Inkcarceration Festival: