Furnace Fest returns to Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th. The weekend will be packed with performances from over 90 bands of several sub-genres under the rock label across three different stages. Headliners for the festival include The Ghost Inside, New Found Glory, Alexisonfire, Thrice, Manchester Orchestra, Mastodon, Descendents and The Story So Far. Other bands featured are Midtown, Shadows Fall, Quicksand, Poison the Well, In Flames, Periphery, American Nightmare and many more.
Furnace Fest was originally brought to life back in 2000 and ran annually through 2003.
The festival then took a hiatus until their epic comeback in 2021. Although the festival disappeared for seven years, fans were very much ready to welcome back the DIY festival to Birmingham. After a successful revival last year (featuring a slew of notable acts, including Underoath, Taking Back Sunday and Killswitch Engage), it appears to be sticking around as another fall festival staple.
There are also official pre and after parties for 2022, taking place surrounding the festival dates. Both pre-show events will take place on Thursday, September 22: one at Iron City featuring Unearth, Shai Hulud, Evergreen Terrace and Meadows, and the other at Zydeco with Feairweather, Be Well, Better Off and Cathedral Bells. After the festival, there will be an Emo Nite event at Iron City.
Both weekend and single-day tickets are still available, with options for payment plans. VIP upgrades are available, as well, for both weekend and single-day ticket-holders. Upgrades will get you access to an exclusive VIP lounge, early access to the security and ticketing lines, access to VIP viewing areas at the main stages, two drink tickets per day, Hero Doughnuts delivered every day, first purchase of pre and after parties, access to VIP restrooms and exclusive merch items. Small, medium and large lockers are available online to purchase for the weekend — just keep in mind there won’t be an option to purchase single-day lockers ahead of time.
Not only is the venue Sloss Furnace, known for hosting large-scale public events, it was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world and is now a national historic landmark. When the venue is not offering their legendary space for festivals, it operates as a museum, with self-guided tour options allowing visitors to experience Birmingham’s industrial past. The museum is closed every Sunday and Monday, but remains open Tuesday through Saturday for tours. A prior appointment is not needed; guests who wish to take a tour are asked to stop by the visitors center upon arrival.
Furnace Fest is an all ages festival and several volunteer opportunities for the festival remain, if you want to get involved! For more information on tickets or to purchase hotel rooms at discounted rates, visit the links below or the Furnace Fest website.