May’s Metal Adventures Abound In Schaghticoke w/ First Annual Rock’n Derby

If you’re looking for something to do before the Memorial Day weekend happens this year, then you might want to gather up some friends and some camping gear and head to the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds for the first annual “Rock’n Derby” Festival. The news about this one has been circulating for a few weeks but I held back since it was better to wait until the New Year so that everyone would have the holidays out of the way and could properly start mapping out their musical year. That being said, check out the press about this awesome three-day event taking place in the way up yonder parts of New York State some 164 miles away from us city dwellers. There’s a lot of reading in this one but that’s because there is a lot going on. Check it out.

Tour - Rock n Derby - 2016

The Press Release:
SLP Concerts and GameLoud Introduce “ROCK’N DERBY”

A Three-Day Concert & Demolition Derby Camping Event at Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, NY -May 20-22, 2016; Featuring Performances By: Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Ghost, Wolfmother, Sevendust, Dokken, Trivium, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Scott Stapp, Pop Evil, Thy Art Is Murder, Currents, Wild Throne …and 40+ Acts TBA

New Jersey-based event powerhouses SLP Concerts and GameLoud- the duo that consistently brings music fans widely-popular festival events such as the Bamboozle, Skate And Surf Festival, and Food Truck & Rock Carnival – are pleased to present the inaugural ROCK’N DERBY, taking place May 20-22, 2016 at the 35+ acre Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, NY (69 Stillwater Bridge Rd., 12154), just minutes outside of Albany, NY.

Setting this event apart from other regional multi-day rock fests, ROCK’N DERBY is conveniently placed within reasonable traveling distance from several major cities within the northeast region – positioned nearly three to four hours from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, and more.

ROCK’N DERBY features non-stop activities for everyone to enjoy, including:


This three-day camping concert experience solidifies itself as a unique destination event with the distinctive inclusion of classic Demolition Derbies – and we’re not just talking about typical car and golf cart demolitions – expect to see everything from cars designed in the themes of performing artists, to short buses, tractors, and more. In the 1970s and ’80s, demolition derbies were considered some of the most electrifying forms of entertainment on the planet – ROCK’N DERBY vows to bring back the fun of those derbies in full force! Plus, winners of the ROCK’N DERBY demolition derby competitions will be awarded over $10,000!

The truly unprecedented line-up for ROCK’N DERBY boasts some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal today. Non-stop music begins upon the opening of gates each day – multiple stages, including the Upstate Concert Hall Arena, will host performances from currently confirmed artists such as Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Ghost, Wolfmother, Sevendust, Dokken, Trivium, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Scott Stapp, Pop Evil, Thy Art Is Murder, Wild Throne,and Currents. Plus, expect performances at the Pre and After Parties to include tributes to your favorite acts and some very unique surprises daily.**More bands are scheduled to be announced as the event weekend nears.

No GameLoud event is complete without GameChangerWrestling, featuring some of the most insane, intense, high flying and mud ridden wrestling matches all weekend long. With Battle Royales, Tag Team, and State Pro Championship matches, expect to witness history in the making. Wrestling matches will be featured all weekend in the Wrestlin’ Shack. Make sure to stop by and catch the action daily.

ROCK’N DERBY 2016 will feature areas to camp out with tents, in cars or in special pre-designated packages for camping options- making this a non-stop multi-day experience. Inside the camping area, guests will have access to electricity, showers, and running water will also be available in designated areas. Campers will have daily access to the festival site and demolition derby. Camper space will be on a first come, first serve basis, and RV parking and connections will be available, as well.

Hungry? Like its sister event Food Truck & Rock Carnival, ROCK’N DERBY will include 20+ scattered food trucks and other mobile culinary vendors. In addition, several staple Schaghticoke Fair eateries will offer a wide variety of delicious eats for attendees to enjoy. Rest assured, ROCK’N DERBY will stuff everyone’s bellies and 24 hour food options will be available.

In addition, ROCK’N DERBY will offer a Village Of Barns & Brews, which will include multiple bar locations for fans to enjoy some of the finest micro and macro brews the region has to offer. Specialty barns will host a movie theater, a bar, VIP activities, a laser light show, and various sponsor activations. This is a rain or shine event! Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Enjoy three days of demolition derbies, multiple stages of live music performances, barns full of beer, wrestling, parties and so much more, only at ROCK’N DERBY 2016! Get your tickets at Ticketmaster (I’ve omitted the ticket pricing for brevity and just in case items change in price or availability and instead am directing you to the websites below for the latest and greatest information).

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Alright so which of you readers has the RV with a reliable WiFi connection and a spare place to crash after the rocking has been done all day? I’m sure more than one of you has a lead on this kind of thing at this point and I sure hope so because I am not sleeping on the ground and I need a place to charge my phone after all the tweeting that will have been done during the day. Truth be told I have never before camped ever but this particular weekend might be just the place to give that a whirl and pretend that it’s our own US version of the famous Wacken Festival. I loved so much of last year’s Food Truck and Rock Carnival and think that this event is bringing an even higher level of powerful bands to enjoy. Did you check out that roster above? I mean come on now, Megadeth, Ghost, Lamb Of God, Sixx A.M. etc. etc. – I’m going to need three cameras along with me for this kind of trek and I think one of the biggest highlights of it all will be the chance for Metalheads from far and wide to get to interact with each other. That’s all I have on this one and its very late in my night so onto the next touring post or perhaps even some sleep for a change. What do you readers think of this event and will you go? Let me know your thougghts in the comments section below because that is why we have them open.

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One thought on “May’s Metal Adventures Abound In Schaghticoke w/ First Annual Rock’n Derby”

  1. wow, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Sevendust…big surprises for an American festival. LOL. what, are they on everyone’s short list. at least Ghost is on it.

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