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Juggalos rap festival coming to Ohio

Also news from Peaches, Psychedelic Furs, Upheaval Festival


Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 6, 2022

The 22nd annual Gathering of the Juggalos takes place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, just west of Columbus on Interstate 70. 

Dubbed “The Gathering of Dreams,” this year, the longest running independent rap festival in the world will be Aug. 3-6, and features several well-known artists from rap, rock and metal, including Esham, Green Jelly, H09909, Mushroomhead, KRS-One, Steel Panther, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Slick Rick, and, of course, Insane Clown Posse

As a bonus, ICP’s “Super Juggalo Juke Box Show” will reportedly feature songs the duo have never performed live.

Peaches adds tour dates

Canadian electro-rap provocateur Peaches has added a second leg to the “The Teaches of Peaches 20th Anniversary Tour,” with dates beginning in late summer. 

Known for an outrageous stage show, Peaches will visit The Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 20 and The Metro in Chicago the following night. 

As you may have guessed, Peaches is celebrating the belated 20th anniversary of her second LP, The Teaches of Peaches, by playing it in its entirety at each tour stop. 

Catch Psychedelic Furs live

1980s New Wave torch bearers The Psychedelic Furs have announced another leg of a tour supporting of their newest effort, Made of Rain, released last year. 

With L.A. punk icons X as the opening act, the tour stops at The Andrew J. Brady Music Center in Cincinnati on July 20, MGM Northfield Park near Cleveland on July 22, the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on July 23, and Royal Oak Music Hall near Detroit on July 24. 

Both bands are playing a bit of “catch-up” with this tour as both released albums in 2020, making it impossible to properly support them. 

Made of Rain marked The Psychedelic Furs first new album in 29 years, while X dropped Alphabetland, their first new album in 27 years.

Rock festival in Grand Rapids

You’ve still got a short amount of time to get your tickets for Upheaval Festival. 

The annual rock festival in Grand Rapids is hosting some major bands of the genre including Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Theory of a Deadman, Three Days Grace, Nothing More and a reunited Mudvayne

The festival will be July 15-16 in Belknap Park in downtown Grand Rapids, a little over two hours of drive time from Fort Wayne. 

Others on the bill include Escape The Fate, Starset, Avatar, Hatebreed and about a dozen more national acts. 

This is as about as good as it gets if you are a fan of this genre, and it’s close enough that you can still be home Sunday, just in time to recover and work up an excuse to tell your boss as to why you called in on Friday. 

Admission is relatively affordable, given the number of bands on the bill, with one-day tickets starting at $85 and two-day tickets starting at $160.

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