The famous touring metal festival returns for a one-day jaunt this fall

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After months of speculation, Mayhem Festival is making its comeback. The festival confirmed through its official Instagram account last week a one-off gig this fall to celebrate the reincarnation. If all goes well, the full summer tour will return in 2025.

For the initial relaunch, Bad Omens are headlining along with featured performers Parkway Drive and Architects. Also on the bill are Jinjer, Kittie, Poppy, August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Suicide Silence, After the Burial, Mothica, and more. Check out the full lineup below.

The rebranded Mayhem Festival is now presented by legendary heavy music magazine, Hit Parader, in conjunction with Live Nation, Hot Topic, and Sumerian Records. The original Mayhem Festival was branded by sponsor Rockstar Energy, which also had Uproar Festival in its portfolio. While Mayhem Festival was more of a metal fest, Uproar focused on straight ahead rock and alternative acts.

The legendary Mayhem Festival kicked off in 2008. Slipknot and Disturbed served as co-headliners on the main stage. The rest of the bill featured Dragonforce, Mastodon, Underoath, Machine Head, Walls of Jericho, Black Tide, Suicide Silence, The Red Chord, and 36 Crazy Fists. Then up-and-comers Five Finger Death Punch were way at the bottom of the bill, and straight-ahead Aussie rockers Airbourne held their own mixed in with a metal lineup.

In 2013, Five Finger Death Punch returned to co-headline with Rob Zombie.

Until now, the final installment of Mayhem Festival came in 2015. Slayer and King Diamond co-headlined, and Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada rounded out the Main Stage. Also featured on the bill were Whitechapel, Thy Art is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her to the Sharks, Kissing Candice, and another force soon to be reckoned with – Code Orange.

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