NICKELSDORF, Austria (KDN) – One of Europe’s most prestigious rock festivals, Nova Rock, kicked off on June 14, under perfect weather conditions and tight security in Nickelsdorf, Austria.
The 4-days-festival, which was headlined by the US rock band Linkin Park on the opening day, attracted more than two hundred thousand rock lovers from around Europe. System of a Down, a band formed by the descended from the survivors of the Armenian genocide in late 1990s, is scheduled to headline the June 16 program on the main stage, while Green Day is set to deliver the final show on June 17.
Located in the triangle between Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, the tiny town of Nickelsdorf has been the host of Nova Rock since 2006. Hundreds of rock bands from around the world have met festival goers over a time of 15 years and many more to follow in the coming years.
Following terror attacks on a concert by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, in the United Kingdom, on May 22, which left twenty-three killed and more than one hundred injured, Nova Rock’s organizers put tight security measures in place. For a safer festival, police presence increased, X-Ray scanners placed at the entrance of the festival venue, backpacks were not allowed into the area and security guards were on alert.
They need a little room to breathe
The first day of Nova Rock featured heavy sets by hard rockers “Like A Storm, Airborne, Steel Panther and Five Finger Death Punch” before the Linkin Park took the stage under the blue sky and shining stars in Nickelsdorf. Despite the critics of their fans over the change of their music style, Linkin Park dominated the night with some new songs from their new album “One More Night” and classics like “Crawling, In the End, What I’ve Done, One Step Closer”, which they have been singing since 2000. Linkin Park’s songs are a mix of rap, rock and electronic. On the the second day of Nova Rock, Slayer, Pendulum, In Flames, Danko Jones, Good Charlotte and Blink 182 carried on the show in Nickelsdorf.
They are here and they will be loud
System of a Down are descended from survivors of the Armenian genocide, and as a band, they have long sought to make people more aware of the massacres and deportations that killed over a million people and dispersed countless more across the globe. The band is known for its political struggle for human rights and this issue is part of their philosophical texts. System of a Down is on a European Tour since early June and the new layover is Nova Rock in Austria’s Nickelsdorf before they head to Krakow in Poland. The Armenian warriors will rock the Blue stage in front of a sold-out crowd and they have brand news songs on their set list.
Nova Rock will close its doors on June 17. with Green Day’s final show on the Blue Stage and with David Hasselhof’s late night act on the Red Stage.