2012 UpRoar Festival
First Niagara Pavilion
August 31, 2012
This year’s Rockstar Uproar Festival kicked off in the middle of August and runs through the end
of September. We were able to catch the tour when it stopped in Pittsburgh, PA at the end of August. First this venue has
to be one of the best places to see a normal show, but when it hosts something like this (we seen a Vans Warped Tour there
as well) it has enough room for everyone. The two early stages were spread out perfectly while the tents and band’s
merch booths stretched around the stages. Nearly every band was at some booth to interact with their fans. All the sponsors
were well represented and the bands did not forget about them. Let’s get to the line-up. The staff that put this line-up
together needs a well deserved round of applause. We have been to all 3 years of this tour and each year the line-up gets
bigger and bigger. The first two years included 2 stages and now they add another one. Everything went off with a hitch. The
sets were short, but right when one band stopped on one stage, the other one started. It was a carousel of music. Each band
got to do what they do best and kick ass. They were all supportive of each other as well. As I said the line-up was impressive.
It’s hard to follow up Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine, and Escape the Fate, but
I think that they might have done it or at least equaled it. With the main stage starting off with Adelitas Way then going
to Staind and Godsmack before ending with Shinedown. I think that if Papa Roach would have been able to be there it would
have been even better. The early stages had the likes of Fozzy (Chris Jerico), In This Moment, POD, Redlight Kings, and Candlelight
Red, plus others. This was a stellar day of music, interaction, and meeting people.
If you still have a chance to catch this year’s tour then you have to do it. If you can’t make sure you
sign-up for e-mail alerts for next year’s announcements as this is the one yearly festival that you shouldn’t
miss, especially if the line-ups keep the status that they have been. This is an excellent way to find new bands and see your
favorites. I’m sure there is something for everyone.