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PEDAL TO THE METAL: Slipknot, Pantera, Godsmack Lead Rock Fest Lineup

organizers predict biggest year ever for three-day festival this summer

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall |

THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK SALUTE YOU. Rockin' out at Rock Fest 2022.
THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK SALUTE YOU. Rockin' out at Rock Fest 2022.

Chippewa Valley, get ready to rock: Slipknot and Godsmack have joined Pantera as headliners for Rock Fest 2023, the 29th annual music festival, which will be July 13-15 outside Cadott.

Ice Cube, Papa Roach, and Falling in Reverse will also be among the 75-plus bands at Rock Fest, which bills itself as the largest three-day rock music and camping even in the nation.

In announcing the lineup Friday morning, Rock Fest management said they expect another blockbuster year, noting that 2022 broke attendance records for the festival. In fact, last year’s Rock Fest was the biggest-ever event for Chippewa Valley Music Festivals, which also operates County Fest.

“We really focus on making each year better than the last,” Festival Promoter Wade Asher said. “Fans can look forward to 20 national acts performing at Rock Fest for the first time. And that is pretty tough to do when we’ve been doing this for 29 years. As always, we’re keeping busy in the offseason working to improve the fan experience in many ways, including both new and improved infrastructure for 2023. We can’t wait to do it all over again.”

Pantera – which was previously announced as a headliner – will play one of their first U.S. shows after a 21-year hiatus.

Here’s a look at the lineup:

Thursday, July 13: Pantera, Ice Cube, In This Moment, The Ghost Inside, Jinjer, Orianthi, Suicide Silence, and more!

Friday, July 14: Slipknot, Falling in Reverse, Ice Nine Kills, Asking Alexandria, Wage War, Mushroomhead, Cherry Bombs, and more!

Saturday, July 15: Godsmack, Papa Roach, Highly Suspect, Everclear, Gwar, Dorothy, 10 Years, and more!

Wednesday, July 12 (Bonus Bash exclusive to three-day ticket holders): Soul Asylum, Alien Ant Farm, Gemini Syndrome, and more.

Go to to learn more about tickets. (The following ticket options are already sold out: VIP, Reserved Lawn, Lure Lock Top Tier Lounge, 3-Day Nicolet Law Pit Passes, Electric Camping and VIP Camping.)

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