Featuring big names in rock and some intriguing newcomers, this summer-long multi-city festival brings us yet another new festival experience for 2019.
In a sea of festival newcomers, we have a new kid on the block again this June. Brought to you by Rockstar Energy, the summer-long Disrupt Festival series hops from city to city across the U.S., stopping in Dallas, Austin and Houston (The Woodlands, at least) before jumping over to Palm Beach, Atlanta, Toronto, Denver, Phoenix and a couple of cities in California (among others). It features both rising stars and some of the biggest names in rock. This year’s lineup features headliners The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive and Sum 41. It claims to be a full-day “lifestyle brand” interactive experience with pop-up activations, photo opps and celebrity meet and greets. Their calling card is a non-conflict schedule, with just one band playing at a time. Truth be told, this is sometimes a blessing and sometimes an audience deterrent, delaying crowd arrivals until later headliner acts. But it does fill a void - that created by the similar-themed and now-retired (at least semi-retired…) Vans Warped tour.
Tickets won’t set you back much, which is a smart move for a young festival drawing a young audience. Prices are very reasonable with pit passes starting at just $59. Reserved seating starts at $39 and lawn just $19. Beyond that, the ticket pricing is a confused mess. VIP Meet and Greet “upgrades” are available, upward of $299 a piece, but these will not get you entry to the show and are considered an add-on. There are “Gold” tickets which don’t seem to get you much but a tee and a special laminate, possibly a slightly closer reserved seat if you’re looking in that section. VIP is advertised, but not clearly delineated in the ticket sales options. Last but not least, you can purchase a “Unicorn” add-on, which seems to be nothing other than a regular meet and greet with The Used, a stage-side seat for their set, a tour backstage and (I kid you not), a unicorn headband. Perhaps there are rockers out there to whom this is the selling point?
This one-day fest does draw an impressive lineup for the price of a GA ticket, so I’ve no doubt it will succeed in their inaugural effort. Would I pay $19 to chill on the lawn with a $12 beer and some fun bands on the stage? Yeah, probably. They’ve some big sponsor names backing them so I’m curious as to what exactly these mysterious “pop-up activations” really are. It’s nice to see that a portion of VIP ticket purchase proceeds go to The Living the Dream Foundation. Team dRiFFt will be there on June 22 - because we do love our rock festivals, and we’re too curious not to check it out. Catch us in the front row, rocking our socks off to some old school Sum 41! Grab your tickets here.