MayhemFestivalBy Theresa Pham

Rockstar Every Mayhem Festival was everything but MAYHEM! The weather was brutal during the early hours, but the cloud slowly crept in and brought a beautiful cool breeze. With 20 bands across four stages starting at 1pm, Mayhem was extremely chill and managable compared to most festivals. Make sure to keep reading for my thoughts, interview with Ill Nino, Islander, Wretched and Emmure, and PHOTOS from the festival!

After a long treck out to Tinley Park from Chicago, a friend and I made our way into the venue and were ready to rumble. This year's setup was extremely convenient and really nice. Though there was very little shade to be found by the smaller stages, all three of the early stages were right next to each other! Not only did it make my life easier, but most of the schedule never overlapped. With that, when the schedule did overlap, the stages were never close enough where the sound quality was compromised. Plus the five or ten minutes between each set was more than enough time to transfer to the next stage over.

Some of my favorite acts from the festival include Ill Nino, Asking Alexandria, Wretched, Trivium, Islander, Avenged Sevenfold, Emmure, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body, Body Count ft. Ice-T, and Korn.

Between sets, I was lucky enough to talk to some of my favorite artists from the tour.

Lead singer Cristian Machado of Ill Nino was so kind and their blend of Latin with metal is seamless. Their new album 'Till Death La Familia, is groovey and an easy listen!

We then spoke with Carolina bands Islander and Wretched! Mikey Carvajal, lead singer of Islander, has one of the strongest DIY ethics and is an up and coming band to watch.

Wretched, on the other hand, was one of the most energetic and fun bands to see live. Vocalist Adam Cody was so interesting to talk to and an absolute sweetheart. First person to listen to the interview and find out the girl who broke his heart in 6th grade will get a virtual hug from me!

Lastely, I had the amazing opportnuity to catch up with Frankie Palmeri of Emmure. I am not going to lie, I was a bit intimidated at first by Palmeri and his "reputation", but was I wrong. Palmeri was absolutely fantastic to speak with and such a funny down to earth guy who truly cares about the music.


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