Louder than Life Festival Canceled Due to ‘Ongoing Rain and Flooding’


Story and photo by Anne Erickson

This year’s Louder than Life festival has been canceled due to ongoing rain and flooding at the festival site, Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky

Mother Nature has pulled the plug on this year’s Louder than Life festival. The annual hard rock and metal music festival, scheduled for Sept. 28 through 30 in Louisville, Kentucky, has been canceled.

Festival organizers broke the news Monday night, releasing a statement saying that the park where the festival is usually held, Champions Park, is experiencing flooding from the heavy rain and is simply not fit to host a festival this weekend.

“It is with deep regret that we inform you that this weekend’s Louder Than Life festival has been canceled due to unsafe conditions resulting from ongoing rain and flooding at the festival site—Champions Park,” the statement reads.

“After carefully inspecting the grounds and infrastructure this evening, the City and we have determined that it is no longer possible to make the festival site safe in time for this weekend,” the statement continues.

The statement also says that before deciding to cancel the festival, organizers “looked at every option, from moving the event to another location to breaking the event up into smaller events in various venues. Unfortunately, it’s not logistically possible, and the weather is just not cooperating.”

This year’s Louder than Life festival was set to feature Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Godsmack and Shinedown. The festival was on target to take place over three days for the first time. The 2018 lineup was also schedule to bring Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Bush and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, to name a few.

For addition information and refunds, visit LouderthanLifeFestival.com. The festival is expected to return next year.