Houston Open Air Festival - September 24 + 25, 2016

Alice in Chains

Houston is home to a brand new festival that features more than 35 rock bands, Whiskey Row and plenty of food. Welcome to the first annual Houston Open Air Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, held outdoors at NRG Park.

Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains top a lineup that will also include Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row and Gourmet Man Food. There will also be plenty of craft beer and artist-inspired beverages. Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row will offer brands such as Jack Daniel’s Black Label, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Old Forester, and Woodford Reserve. The full Gourmet Man Food lineup and menus for Houston Open Air will be announced soon.

The event will be produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and fueled by Monster Energy. Wimmer produces some of the biggest musical festivals in North America including Louder Than Life, Rock on the Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion and many more.

“We’re excited to bring a new rock festival to Houston,” said Wimmer. “I have been looking at Houston for years. The market has all the elements needed for a unique destination festival — a strong rock community, a vibrant food scene, and a love of great whiskey and craft beer. We’re looking forward to bringing the Houston market a full festival experience with top rock bands, showing the rest of the country all that Houston has to offer, and helping to showcase some of the reasons that the Houston is one of the Top 5 food cities in America. We are kicking off a powerhouse experience that will live in the market for many years to come.”

The lineup for Saturday, Sept. 24, includes Alice in Chains, Slayer, The Cult, Ministry, Anthrax, Alter Bridge, Chevy Metal, Buckcherry, Sevendust, Letlive, Sick Puppies, Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Gemini Syndrome, Texas Hippie Coalition, Sons of Texas, The Word Alive, and Dinosaur Pile-Up.

Avenged Sevenfold will headline Sunday, Sept. 25, along with performances by Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce the Veil, Ghost, Of Mice & Men, Baroness, Hellyeah, Nothing More, Skindred, Avatar, The Amity Affliction, Neck Deep, Mothership, Young Guns, Starset, KYNG, Twelve Foot Ninja, and September Mourning.

Tickets are on sale now for this all-ages festival and can be purchased online at www.houstonopenair.com. General admission single-day tickets are $69.50, or pay $119.50 for both days. Single day ($129.50) and weekend VIP ($254.50) tickets are available. VIP tickets include special entrance lanes into the venue, VIP-access-only areas for main stage viewing and more.

In light of the recent flooding in the Houston area, a portion of the proceeds from all Houston Open Air tickets sold will benefit the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund. The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept flood relief donations that will stay in the Houston community and aid the victims of the recent storms. More information can be obtained at www.houstonrecovers.org.

“Houston Open Air has been in the works for almost a year now,” added Wimmer. “It was awkward to announce a major music festival in a city that has experienced such recent hardship and, in fact, we delayed our announcements out of respect for what Houston has endured. But at the same time, our festivals are about highlighting the strengths (or sometimes the needs) of our host city. There’s no more important way to do that right now than to support Mayor Turner’s efforts to help Houston recover from this spring’s flooding, and we will be incorporating this message throughout our launch campaign.”