System of a Down, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg to Headline Amnesia Rockfest
System of a Down, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg and Slayer will headline this year’s Amnesia Rockfest, set to take place from June 18th to the 21st in Montebello, Canada.
Amnesia has also tapped three artists to perform their classic albums: The Offspring will play 1998’s Americana, Rancid will recreate 1995’s And Out Come the Wolves and the Deftones will perform 1997’s Around the Fur. Other big name acts set to take the stage this year include Tenacious D, Sublime with Rome, Bad Religion, Flogging Molly and Refused.
Amnesia Rockfest will feature an eclectic lineup featuring Gogol Bordello, the Buzzcocks, Thrice, the Melvins, Coheed and Cambria, Story of the Year, Parkway Drive, Down, Atreyu, Goldfinger, Less than Jake, Bouncing Souls, the Descendants, Michale Graves of Misfits, Tony Hawk, Tom Green, Steve-O of Jackass, CKY, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Fear Factory, Hatebreed, Good Riddance, Groovy Aardvark, Dillinger Escape Plan, Catch 22, Evergreen Terrace, From Autumn to Ashes, Cro-Mags,, Les Cowboys Fringants, Subb, Reset, Banlieue Rouge, Propagandhi and Bigwig. The complete lineup is currently available on the Amnesia website, where fans can also purchase tickets.
Amnesia Rockfest was started in 2005 by then-17-year-old Alex Martel. It has since become Canada’s largest rock festival, attracting over 200,000 attendees in 2014. To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, this year’s Amnesia lineup was co-curated by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and NOFX’s Fat Mike.
System of a Down’s set will mark the band’s second North American concert scheduled for 2015. The band will embark on their “Wake Up the Souls” tour this spring, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in 1915. While the trek starts April 6th at the Forum in Los Angeles, System of a Down will immediately head overseas for the remainder of the tour. The tour will end April 23rd — the day before Armenia commemorates the anniversary — with the band’s first show in the country of their ancestors.
“Part of it is bringing attention to the fact that genocides are still happening, whether you use the word ‘genocide,’ ‘holocaust’ or ‘humanitarian catastrophe,'” frontman Serj Tankian told Rolling Stone. “None of that is changing. We want to be part of that change. We want the recognition of the first genocide of the 20th century to be a renewal of confidence that humanity can stop killing itself. I say that, laughing, because obviously it’s ridiculous.”