It takes a dedicated fan to stand in the sun all day in 106-degree weather for a music festival. On Friday, August 2, approximately 18,000 of these hardcore fans converged on Gexa Energy Pavilion in Fair Park for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. They braved the heat with good reason: with over 100 bands on nine stages, this is one of the biggest live music events to hit Dallas every year.
Heart performed with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, TX on August 15, 2013. Jason Bonham joined Heart onstage for an encore set of Led Zeppelin favorites.
Mayhem Fest wraps things up in the Texas heat
The first thing you notice about Mayhem Fest is the heat. August in Dallas, Texas is hard on any band playing an outside gig – and hard on the fans – but put three stages full of bands out at Gexa Energy Pavilion and start the whole thing at 1pm and you’ve got a seriously metal experience.
Riot Fest surges southward into Dallas
Riot Fest set up camp at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas on Saturday for its first date in the south. The punk, metal and alternative rock festival was founded in Chicago in 2005, and began expanding its range last year. Rather than simply touring a fixed list of bands, though, Riot Fest combined a selection of headlining bands from the Chicago event with local Texas bands on the side stages.
Texas punk and metal feature prominently at Riot Fest
Dallas’s first Riot Fest, held Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, featured a long lineup of national headlining acts on its main stage. In order to populate the side stages, though, the festival drew from a wide range of local Texas talent. You could be assured that if the band in the pavilion wasn’t to your liking, you could find something outside which better matched your tastes.
Uproar Festival rocks despite rain
Though the rain may have stopped some from coming out to Gexa on Sunday, the fans that did attend Uproar Festival were having a great time. You can check out full coverage and photos from the Ernie Ball Stage and the Jagermeister Stage from Bobby Hitt. Despite being soaked to the skin from an earlier downpour the fans were still full of energy when the Main Stage started up.
Uproar in a downpour: Festival side-stage bands bring the thunder
Truly dedicated rock and metal fans gathered at Gexa Energy Pavilion for the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival on Sunday. Not the ones who showed up for the headliners, though they were treated to a great show courtesy of Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, and Adelitas Way. No, the hardcore fans showed up hours earlier, standing in rain ranging from a light drizzle to a moderate deluge to support the bands playing the Jagermeister and Ernie Ball stages. Despite the less-than-ideal weather, it’s doubtful that a single one of those fans regretted their decision.
Maiden England tour hits Dallas
Impending storms didn’t stop fans from flocking to Gexa Energy Pavilion Friday night for the second to last show of the Maiden England North American Tour. If anything the lightening show just enhanced the night. With only two bands playing, COHEED AND CAMBRIA and IRON MAIDEN, things got off to a rockin’ start and didn’t stop.
Rock and roll all night with KISS and Motley Crue
When KISS comes to town you know it’s going to be one hell of a party. When MOTLEY CRUE come to town you can expect a major production. Put both together and you have one insane show and that’s what Dallas got Saturday night at Gexa Energy Pavilion.