Kinkfest Band Recaps

Fifteen bands in 11 hours! It was a great day for fans of hard rock, as the Kink Music Festival attendees were treated to hours of aggressive rock spread out over The Central Florida Fairgrounds. We’ll provide our 50 word capsule reviews for every performer we caught across the two stages.

SoulSwitch opening Kink Music Festival
SoulSwitch opening up the Main Stage at Kink Music Festival

Main Stage
To me, this quintet is the most likely Orlando band to breakthrough soon. They put on an energetic thirty minute set, with the talented band members (and their hair) flying across the stage. Their set featured excellent new music from their new album Regenerate, and a cool cover of “Zombie.”

Within Reason
With their longtime drummer out for medical reasons, their tour manager slid behind the skins and delivered. Chris Dow was excellent, flying across the stage and connecting with the audience. They played a Justin Timberlake cover they made their own and killed it with a smoking version of “Here Comes The Light.”

“Punk rock ain’t dead!” These guys are touring with Killswitch Engage and Rise Against and for good reason – they are dynamic and exciting live, as we saw with frontman Jason Aalon Butler throwing his body across the stage, throughout the crowd and on top of the crowd!

Atreyu entertaining Kinkfest
Atreyu with one of the most entertaining Kinkfest sets

They covered Bon Jovi, which was weird, really weird, but otherwise, their set was smoking. Alex Varkatzas spent more time in the crowd than onstage and his Orange County band mates delivered some thunderous rock ‘n roll that had the crowd at a near fever pitch.

Hollywood Undead
Technical difficulties robbed the crowd of a few songs, and the band’s refusal to light the stage for the first three songs robbed us of any photos. It’s too bad because they were one of the most dynamic acts, sounding great to the singalong crowd who loved them. “War Child” was one of the highlights of the festival.

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Killswitch Engage
“I don’t care if you’re fucking menstruating out there it’s time to start the mosh pit! Now!” – What? Whatever… I really didn’t love their hardcore metal, but they didn’t leave anything behind and delivered a hugely popular and energetic set that featured every band member flying around the stage and delivering to their appreciative fans. Probably the most popular band all day…

Orlando favorites Rise Against Kink Music Festival
Orlando favorites Rise Against killing it to close the night at Kink Music Festival

Rise Against
“We came a long way to have a good time – to sing – to dance – to give it up!” Orlando loves Tim McIlrath and friends and they gave it up for them in a fantastic hit-filled set that had the entire crowd singing along as the band returned again to the Fairgrounds. “Music has the power to change lives.” and on this night it did, as this powerful Chicago band wrapped up a fantastic day of music.

Locals Stage
Kill The Sound
Chick Rock? Not really… This female fronted band delivered a hard-driving set that was dominated by the performances of their two lead vocalists. Kim Acoustic jumped from the stage to sing one song racing through the crowd, while her cohort Ally Sosa belted out some deep guttural growls.

Kim Acoustic Kill The Sound Kinkfest
Kim Acoustic singing from within the crowd at Kinkfest

I Woke Up Early For My Funeral
Supa Dave joked that they were the band with the longest name in the Orlando music scene. They dished out a nice blend of catchy melodic alternative rock with a bit of an edge, highlighted by Christopher Ryan’s excellent guitar work.

Southern Fried Genocide
These Melbourne rockers are from the Jim Morrison’s hometown, and at times, they actually reminded me a bot of The Doors. With dual lead guitars, they delivered excellent guitar driven rock from a band that clearly likes to jam a bit. Long live the Lizard King…

I was only able to catch portions of the sets from F.I.L.T.H., Abandon The Midwest and Felicity, but would definitely recommend checking any of the three acts out next time they are playing in your neighborhood.

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