Held every year in Pryor, Oklahoma, an estimated 100,000 people attended Rocklahoma or, as it’s lovingly known by many of its attendees, Rock Fever, during its first year, which was held in 2007. Every year since then the festival has gotten bigger and better. For example, in 2010 there were more than 70 different bands playing on four different stages around the festival, including Beautiful Creatures, LA Guns, Bang Tango, Lillian Tax, Gypsy Pistoleros and Faster Pussycat, among many others.
Considering that it’s held in what can only be described as the heartland of America, quite a few bands from Europe come to Rocklahoma to play as well and, in 2008, the festival was named as “one of the top festivals that should not be missed” by both Playboy magazine and Rolling Stone magazine. It’s become so popular that coffee table books have been published for Rocklahoma’s festivals in 2007, 2008, 2009 and also 2010, all of which are available on the Internet and Amazon.com.
This year’s Rocklahoma features a number of awesome headliners including Motorhead, Death Punch, Five Finger, Kid Rock and Staind, and is the 8th year that the rock festival will be held. Quite a few other bands are going to be playing alongside some of rocks biggest legends, including the Deftones, Seether, Twisted Sister, Theory of a Deadman and Jackyl.
As in previous years there will be several different ticket options available to this year’s Rocklahoma. The VIP package tickets are seated in the first 30 rows at the event, give the attendee access to an air-conditioned beer tent with unlimited refills, and all the food you can possibly fit into your mouth.
It’s an excellent deal too, as the VIP tent provides some of the best food including brisket, roast beef, steak, a salad bar and some awesome desserts, and the quality is really top notch. Considering that it also comes with unlimited refills of Bud Lite beer the VIP package is one of the best options for festival attendees looking to enjoy some great music and eat to their hearts content at the same time.
One fan favorite is that two of the stages at Rocklahoma are set up inside the beer tent and, as always, the access to both main stages is set up so that it’s very easy. In the Axis tent music starts every day right around noon and, on the main stage, around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Rocklahoma does a great job of scheduling their bands so that they don’t overlap and anyone who wants to see all of them without missing too much of a set can do it.
Unlike some festivals where the stages are set so far apart that you can’t really enjoy the music unless you’re close, at Rocklahoma the stages are a bit closer together and, if you want to listen to more than one band without moving, you can, or you can also walk back and forth between the two main stages in just a minute or two. If you want to be closer it’s easy because the distance between the two main stages is very short.
The festival is put on just outside of the town of Pryor, Oklahoma, which is about 40 miles east of the city of Tulsa. It’s about a 15 mile drive to Interstate 44 which makes getting to the festival a relative breeze but keep in mind that, during last year’s Rocklahoma festival, traffic was a bit heavier than years earlier and there was about a 30 minute delay, so make sure you leave early enough so that you don’t miss anything.
Many people who attend festivals in the US during summer like the fact that you can also camp at the festivals and, with Rocklahoma, it’s no different as there are plenty of camping spots surrounding the festival grounds that puts you close to the action. One of the campgrounds even has a beer tent with live music until three in the morning but, if you’re up for it, the party continues much later. Keep in mind that there’s no electricity provided at any of the campgrounds and, if you’d like to be able to set up lighting or bring electronics like TVs and so forth, you’ll need to bring a generator.