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Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Jessica Mickey


The 6th Annual Dixie Metal & Hardcore Fest Hits the Skatepark

The lineup for this year’s Dixie Metal and Hardcore Fest has officially been announced, and it’s a doozy. At least 30 acts, featuring many regional S.C. and Southeastern bands, will take over the Skatepark of Charleston for three full days starting on Thursday, Dec. 12.

“The fest has grown over the years and has become my favorite show to book each year because it’s always the best party, no matter how many people show up,” PJ Taylor Jr. of Charleston Shows told Metronome Charleston. “This year’s lineup is all over the place in the best way; we got pop-punk bands to death metal to the best regional hardcore bands.”

When it comes to choosing the bands for such a large event, Taylor has free reign, but he knows to check in with what the fans want. “I usually listen to kids at shows to see which bands they are into lately and base my decisions off that,” he says. “I also like to pick bands I haven’t booked in awhile to come back, because bands love to come back, but it isn’t always feasible unless in this format.”

Though he takes outside input seriously, he already has his personal highlights of the festival picked out. “I am looking forward to Veara and Medic on Day One, I haven’t had Veara since 2010, and I love working with them, and Medic is one of the best bands going in Charleston right now,” Taylor says. “Day Two, I am looking forward to Wretched because I love those guys. Day Three, I am looking forward to Raindance and In Between.” He adds, “I am looking forward to all the local and regional bands because it is always a good time to have everyone under one roof.”


Local metal band In For The Kill (provided)

The lineup is solidified (though it’s inevitable that last-minute changes will pop up when dealing with so many bands), so Taylor can now focus on all the little extras that make the difference between a big show and a festival. “We are looking into getting sponsors for alcohol, but the park is BYOB usually, which is always fun. We’ll probably have some food vendors, but we will be grilling out regardless. Skating and BMXing is always included in the show price, which makes for a great vibe.”

It says a lot for the local metal and hardcore scene when a show of this caliber can be pulled off, and as a local booker and promoter, Taylor has definitely experienced the highs and lows of the Holy City hardcore landscape. “The scene has gone in waves since I have been involved. Right now, we are on an upswing,” he says. “A good indicator is the amount of local bands, when there a bunch of kids pumped about making music, the excitement carries over to people around them. There is an underground element to it because the music isn’t exactly played on the radio. But the kids here locally are into the music that comes around, which makes for great shows, whether there are 40 kids or 150, it is always a good time.”

The Sixth Annual Dixie Metal And Hardcore Fest will take place the Skatepark of Charleston (4791 Trade St., Unit A, in North Charleston) from Dec. 12-14. Advanced tickets can be purchased online here. Individual day passes can be purchased in advanced for $10 or $12 at the door. A three-day fest pass is $22. Visit the Facebook event page here for more information. The lineup listed below is subject to change.


Local metal trio Medic (provided)

Thursday, Dec. 12.
(Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m.)

Major League
Stickup Kid
Reaching Reason

Friday, Dec. 13
(Doors at 4 p.m., show at 5 p.m.)

In For The Kill
Invoking The Abstract
My Brothers Keeper
As Temples Collide
Backwards Youth
The Stories Untold

Saturday, Dec. 14
(Doors at 4 p.m., show at 5 p.m.)

Old Wounds
Me And The Trinity
In Between
Nine Lives
American Burden

Top photo of Wretched by Cameron Kisel.




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Jessica Mickey

has considered Charleston home since she first moved here in 2001. She regularly performs improv at Theatre 99 and dabbles in stand-up comedy in various venues around the Lowcountry. Jessica has also cohosted morning radio shows on 96Wave and 98X, as well as wrote the weekly column "The Chase is On" for the Charleston City Paper. She can barely play the ukulele Ballard bought her for Christmas last year, but after a couple of drinks, she can sing the shit out of some karaoke.

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