Start.ca Rocks the Park (formerly Rock the Park) has announced its second night of this year’s festival, teaming with London’s Best Rock, FM96 to present a heavier than ever rock night on Thursday, July 11. Iconic rock band Five Finger Death Punch will headline the night with support from In This Moment, Killswitch Engage, I Prevail and Pop Evil.
“Start.ca’s Rock the Park has and always will have a rock element to it,” says organizer Brad Jones, President, Jones Entertainment Group. “Each year we see thousands of rockers come through our gates having the times of their lives. When we had Killswitch Engage in the park a few years ago, it was like nothing we had ever seen before. This is why we built this line-up; to cater exactly to those people.”
Five Finger Death Punch – It’s unheard of today. A hard rock band sticks to its guns in face of a fickle mainstream market, refuses to compromise its principals for anybody, amasses millions of fans by doing so, and quietly ascends to multi-platinum chart-topping success in every corner of the globe. It’s a similar storyline shared by everyone from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to Metallica and Iron Maiden.
In This Moment – Throughout history, art rejoices and revels in the wisdom of women. Within a deck of tarot cards, the High Priestess serves as the guardian of the unconscious. In Greek mythology, the old oracles celebrate the Mother Goddess. William Shakespeare posited portentous prescience in the form of MacBeth’s “Three Witches.” On their sixth full-length album Ritual, In This Moment—Maria Brink [vocals, piano], Chris Howorth [lead guitar], Travis Johnson [bass], Randy Weitzel [rhythm guitar], and Kent Diimel [drums]—unearth a furious and focused feminine fire from a cauldron of jagged heavy metal, hypnotic alternative, and smoky voodoo blues. It’s an evolution. It’s a statement.
Killswitch Engage – No matter the climate, Killswitch Engage makes trend-resistant, timeless heavy music that feeds the soul, touches the heart, and strengthens the mind. Their anthems and live staples like “My Last Serenade,” “My Curse,” and “In Due Time,” have the staying power that appeals to all generations of rock and metal fans worldwide, along with a message that serves to unite, enlighten, and entertain. Having shared the stage with acts ranging from Rise Against to Slayer, the diversity and versatility of their touring is unparalleled and a true testament to their reach.
I Prevail – “When we started diving into the record, we all sat down and through, ‘Wow, everything has changed in the last year,” explains Brian. “Everyone encounters those moments that really define where the rest of their lives are headed. We’ve all grown from everything that’s happened. When we sat down and got to work, we really wanted to share our journey through these songs.”
Pop Evil – Returning to Start.ca’s Rock the Park after their amazing performance in 2018, Pop Evil is an American rock band that was formed in North Muskegon, Michigan in 2001 by Leigh Kakaty.
Tickets to Start.ca Rocks the Park FM96 night go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10am. Tickets start at $55. More information is available at www.rockthepark.ca.