Carolina Rebellion 2017 Review
Last weekend Kyle and I headed out to Charlotte, North Carolina for Carolina Rebellion. We went last year and had a great time so we figured we’d go again this year. Carolina Rebellion, for those who don’t know, is a rock/metal music festival. Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold were all headliners this year. We had a great weekend listening to some awesome bands and hanging out with our friends who live in Charlotte. Here’s my Carolina Rebellion 2017 Review…
Friday, Day #1
Obviously, the reason to go to a music festival is to enjoy some fantastic music. I’ve always loved rock but have really gotten into metal the past few years. Friday night we saw Mastodon, A Perfect Circle, and Soundgarden. All three were great. A Perfect Circle had a great set but I’ve realized that I’m more of a Tool fan. (Saw Tool last year and it was probably the best concert that I’ve ever been to!) Soundgarden was really awesome. They opened with Spoonman (favorite Soundgarden song!) and continued to play a bunch of great songs for the remainder of the night.
Saturday, Day #2
Saturday we saw Chevelle, Sum 41, and Korn. I LOVE Chevelle but I don’t think their stage presence is fit for music festivals. I was a little upset that I decided not to see them a few days before in Knoxville because I think I would’ve enjoyed that more. On the other hand, Sum 41 had an impressive stage presence, but I only listened to half of their set so I could head over to Korn. Now, I’m not a huge Korn fan, or at least I didn’t think I was, but they put on a fantastic show. I especially enjoyed the guy standing behind us who was singing along in an super deep and awful tone.
Sunday, Day #3
There were a ton of great bands that played on Sunday. The downside to music festivals is that sometimes sets overlap, so we had to cut out early on a few sets. (Ughhh!) We saw Volbeat, Coheed & Cambria, The Offspring, and Avenged Sevenfold. All of the bands put on really great sets. Coheed & Cambria is a band I’ve seen a ton, maybe 5 times now, but they are always so good live. They opened with Welcome Home and it was amazing. We ducked out early to get up close for The Offspring, since I’m a huge fan and had never seen them before, and it ended up being my favorite show of the entire weekend. I think I knew every song they played. The downside of being so close is that there was a crowd surfer every 30 seconds or so. It kind of ruined part of the show for me because I couldn’t really focus on the music. I’d definitely see them again! Avenged Sevenfold closed out the festival and did a really great job. Kyle and I saw them a few years ago in Knoxville but it was still an enjoyable show.
(Coheed & Cambria)
Food & Drinks
We had a lot of great food in Charlotte. Friday night we ate at the festival because we were late getting in, so we ate at my favorite food vendor at Carolina Rebellion, Island Noodles. They basically had noodle bowls filled with lots of yummy things like veggies and chicken. My favorite drink we had at the festival was wine from Caduceus Cellars. (Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer of A Perfect Circle, owns this wine company.) I wasn’t a fan of the red wines, which I typically prefer, but the white wine was really good.
I really wanted to try some North Carolina barbeque while we were in town. So, for lunch on Saturday we headed out to Midwood Smokehouse and it was amazing. Probably the best barbeque I’ve ever had. I ordered the pulled pork with mac and cheese and hush puppies. Then had banana pudding for dessert. Highly recommend Midwood Smokehouse for anyone visiting Charlotte!
Our friends cooked us an awesome meal for lunch on Sunday. Then Sunday night, after the festival ended, we hit up Taco Bell… because sometimes you just need some Taco Bell.
Overall, I had a great time at Carolina Rebellion this year. I saw a few bands that I really love, hung out with friends, and ate some great food. The festival is pretty easy to get to for those who live in East Tennessee. It’s about a 4 hour drive to Carolina Rebellion from Knoxville. We enjoyed a nice little weekend getaway.
Will I go next year? Well… I’m leaning towards a no, but I could change my mind if there are some amazing headliners.