Louder than Life 2024: Slipknot, Slayer, Motley Crue and Korn


Live performance image of Corey Taylor.

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor – Author Charles Ken, Photo by Anne Erickson

Louder than Life festival announced their 2024 lineup on Wednesday (Feb. 21). But, the festival news got lost in the huge news that Slayer would be reuniting for two U.S. festivals this year. But, the Louder than Life festival bill is here. In addition to Slayer headlining, they also have Slipknot, Motley Crue and Korn doing full headlining sets. The four-day festival is set for Sept. 26 to 29 at the Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

On top of the headliners, the 2024 even will bring full performances from Judas Priest, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Evanescence, Falling in Reverse, Mastodon, Clutch, Breaking Benjamin, The Offspring, Staind, Till Lindemann, In This Moment, Chevelle, Dropkick Murphys, Halestorm, Gojira, Sum 41, Three 6 Mafia, Seether, Tom Morello, Anthrax, Highly Suspect, Body Count, Spiritbox, Sevendust, Poppy, Filter, Eagles of Death Metal, Juliette Lewis and the Licks, Marky Ramone Plays the Ramones Classics, PUP, Helmet, Soul Glo, Show Me the Body, HEALTH and more. How’s that for a jam-packed bill? So many big names. Sum 41, of course, are retiring, or at least they say so, making this Louder than Life performance extra special.

Tickets to Louder Than Life 2024, including general admission and VIP passes, are on sale now. Find more information on tickets and the various packages via the festival’s official website. This year actually marks the 10th year of the festival. They took a year off for the pandemic, but other than that, the festival has taken place annually.

While all of the headliners are big names, Slayer are making the most buzz. That’s because Louder than Life marks one of the band’s reunion shows this year. The reunion is pretty shocking, since guitarist Kerry King just announced his debut solo album and solo band, along with tour dates coming. So, it really seemed like King made this move because Slayer was really over. The Slayer reunion is also shocking because they seemed like the one band that was really serious when they said they were going to retire. But, apparently nothing is sacred anymore, and they’re back. Not that I’m complaining. I’m excited for a Slayer reunion. But, I wish they had never billed that last tour as a real farewell. I really thought seeing their farewell tour would be it. Slayer played their last shows in November 2019, just months before the pandemic shut everything down.

It sounds like this Slayer reunion has been in the works ever since that final show. According to Danny Wimmer of promoter Danny Wimmer Presents, who is heading up Louder than Life, he’s been wanting a Slayer reunion at the festival for years.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Slayer will be reuniting for an earth-shattering performance at Louder Than Life,” Wimmer said in a statement. “I was at their last show at The Forum in 2019 and have been working since then to bring them back to the Louder stage! With over 140 bands on five stages, we’re celebrating our 10th Louder Than Life with the biggest lineup yet!” For more details on the 2024 Louder than Life festival, visit the festival’s official website.

Charles Ken
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