Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath Among 2021 Furnace Fest Acts


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The 2021 Furnace Fest is scheduled to go forward as planned with sets from Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath and more

While fans are waiting in anticipation of live music returning, some festivals and tours are forging ahead, expecting the best. Now, Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, Andrew WK, He Is Legend and more have been confirmed for the 2021 Furnace Fest, which is scheduled for Sept. 24 through 26 in Birmingham, Alabama.

In addition to the aforementioned acts, a handful of groups that were scheduled to perform at the 2020 Furnace Fest have been tapped for the 2021 edition, including Every Time I Die, Converge and Knocked Loose. In addition, the 2021 festival will be expanded to three days featuring a mix of punk, hardcore, metalcore and scene music.

“We are more confident than ever that Furnace Fest will happen this September,” the festival said in Facebook. “Covid cases are trending down. We have access to three highly effective vaccines with others in development. Much larger events have either already happened (Super Bowl) or are scheduled for our same timeframe (Riot, Alabama Football, Louder than Life).”

The festival added, “In a worst-case scenario, we’ll be transparent with you about the possibility of any postponement. Ticket purchases will always be transferable, and you may now purchase ticket cancellation protection ($20.11 for 3-day passes) to guarantee your money back.”

Fans who held onto their tickets to the 2020 Furnace Fest will be able to use them at the 2021 event. Attendees who prefer to skip out on the 2021 event are also able to get their money back via until April 2.

“After not playing a show since 2019, it feels surreal to be announcing that we are headlining Furnace Fest later this year,” Underoath said in a statement. “September is a long time away but with advances in the vaccine rollout it feels like the festival will be able to ensure safety for you all, the bands and crews.

They added, “That said, if it is not safe, we will 100 percent address that as the year goes on. We want to protect the community and absolutely won’t be touring unless that’s ensured but we feel confident it’s finally time to get the ball rolling on getting back on stage to see your faces again.”

For more information and to find tickets, head to the Furnace Fest website.

Charles Ken
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