Nine Inch Nails & Korn Join Metallica for Louder Than Life Festival

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Louder Than Life's lineup just got bigger than life. The Kentucky festival has announced Nine Inch Nails and Korn will join Metallica as headliners for its 2021 edition.

Louder Than Life will return to Louisville at the KY Expo Center's Highland Festival Grounds from Sept. 23 to 26. The headliners will be joined by Judas Priest, Snoop Dogg, Jane’s Addiction, Staind, Rise Against, Mudvayne, Cypress Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Anthrax, Gojira, Ghostemane, Seether, Pennywise, Beartooth, The Distillers and Killswitch Engage. Tickets are available at

In 2019, festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents announced that Metallica would headline all five of its festivals. Given the pandemic, Metallica's headlining sets were moved to the promoter's 2021 dates.

“DWP has always considered Louisville home, so to be able to bring America's Biggest Rock Festival back in 2021 means everything to us. After a year filled with challenge after challenge, we worked incredibly hard to curate a lineup worth the wait for our fans,” said DWP founder Danny Wimmer in a release. “Weather got in the way of Nine Inch Nails in 2018, the pandemic derailed our plans for two big Metallica sets in 2020 -- so to have them both back for 2021, along with Korn and the rest of this incredible lineup over four days, that’s the kind of ‘new normal’ that we’re all looking forward to.”

Louder Than Life will feature nearly 70 music acts over four days, with performances on three stages, along with award-winning bourbons, whiskey, spirits, craft beer, and Louisville food offerings.

Since debuting in 2014, Louder Than Life continues to develop and grow. In 2019, the festival welcomed more than 128,000 fans over three days, dubbing itself the largest rock festival in America. For 2021, festival organizers added a fourth day, with the festival kicking off on Thursday. Over the coming months, Danny Wimmer Presents will be working with local officials to make sure the festival conforms to then-current social distancing protocols.

Single day and weekend general admission and VIP passes for Louder Than Life are on sale now. VIP packages are also available. Check out the full lineup and daily performance breakdown below.