Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM
TAMPA, FL (October 23, 2023) – 98ROCK has announced a star-studded lineup for Tampa’s premier rock festival, 98ROCKFEST presented by Reed & Reed Attorneys at Law, which will take place on Friday, April 19, 2024, at AMALIE Arena. The festival starts with the Pre-Show Free-Show on the plaza stage at 2:00 PM before taking the main event inside at 5:00 PM.
This year’s headliner is multi-platinum recording artists Staind, accompanied by top-notch rock artists, including Seether, Asking Alexandria, Dayseeker, and Ayron Jones, on the main stage. The free show on the plaza will feature Tim Montana, Austin Meade, and Sleep Theory, hosted by 98ROCK’s Skratch N’Sniff.
“With an incredible lineup, the most passionate fanbase, and three bands performing this year in VIP, we can’t wait for Tampa Bay to experience this one-of-a-kind festival,” said 98ROCK Program Director AJ Malone.
A limited number of VIP packages presented by Classic Roofing & Construction give fans the ultimate 98ROCKFEST experience. VIP tickets include the best seats in the house, early entry, VIP access into the 98ROCKFEST Pre-show party from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the Firestick Grill, highlighted by a signing with Staind and exclusive private acoustic performances with Tim Montana and Mainstage performers Ayron Jones and Asking Alexandria. The VIP ticket also includes complimentary finger foods, a full cash bar, and a 98ROCKFEST commemorative laminate.
For up-to-the-minute information on 98ROCKFEST, log onto 98ROCK.com, keyword: 98ROCKFEST, or listen to 98ROCK on-air or online via the station’s website, as well as on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital radio service.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, October 26 at 10:00 AM at Ticketmaster.com.
Staind is comprised of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny April, and drummer Sal Giancarelli. Over their career, the band has released seven studio albums and eight Top 10 singles, selling over 15 million albums worldwide. RIAA-certified 5x platinum Break The Cycle featured the smash single, “It’s Been Awhile,” one of the most played songs in modern rock radio history, spending 20 weeks at Number 1. Staind has released their first studio album in 12 years called “Confessions of the Fallen” featuring #1 hit at rock radio “Lowest in Me” and the sensational smash “Here and Now”.
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles; 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms.
Asking Alexandria offers reverence to touchstone icons like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Queen, with a relentless urgency harkening back to their early days as hard-partying Warped Tour upstarts. In 2023, long-time comrades Ben Bruce (lead guitar), Danny Worsnop (vocals), Cameron Liddell (guitar), Sam Bettley (bass), and James Cassells (drums) ride a creative high with their forthcoming eighth studio album kicked off by the immediate success of the arresting, catchy, and sober “Dark Void.”
Dayseeker embodies what a rock band can be in the 21st century. Untethered from rules and agnostic of genre confines, the Southern California quartet—Rory Rodriguez [vocals], Gino Sgambelluri [guitar], Ramone Valerio [bass], and Mike Karle [drums]—exist outside of any boundaries. As such, they seamlessly absorb culture at lightspeed, layering hypnotic hard rock and metallic catharsis above soundscapes punctuated by glistening post-pop, experimental indie, and alternative R&B. Tallying hundreds of millions of streams, selling out shows, and earning acclaim from the likes of Alternative Press and others, the band crystallized this outlier vision on their 2022 fifth full-length offering, Dark Sun [Spinefarm Records].
In 2021, as the world looked like it was burning down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and global protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, Seattle-born rockstar Ayron Jones was achieving his dream. That’s when his song “Mercy,” from his debut major label record release, Child of the State, hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Rock Chart, making Jones one of the few solo Black artists to achieve the feat. Now Jones is set to release the follow-up to that LP, Chronicles of the Kid. For more information, visit ayronjonesmusic.com.
Thanks to his metal- and classic-rock-loving dad, Meade saw bands like Judas Priest and worshipped Whitesnake. In junior high, he related to the intense emo-rock of Paramore and Fall Out Boy, and the power of songwriters like John Mayer. Yet, thanks to plainspoken but deep heartland songwriters like Tom Petty and cutting his teeth touring in the Texas and Oklahoma Red Dirt scene, Meade’s music overflows with wide-open soulfulness. In 2021, Meade introduced his third LP ‘Black Sheep’ including the hit tracks “Happier Alone,” “Cave In,” ‘Dopamine Drop,” and “Deja Vu.” Meade released his fourth LP ‘Abstract Art Of An Unstable Mind’, in the fall of 2022, further showcasing his ability to seamlessly blend genres into a groovy yet piercingly fresh sound of rock ‘n’ roll. Now comes a new era ushering in Meade’s latest single, “Blackout.”
Tim Montana may be known as a wild man, but he asserts himself as a tried-and-true storyteller. He went from a rough youth spent off-the-grid in a trailer to captivating a devout global fanbase, dropping successful independent albums, and selling out shows. He’s collaborated with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, co-wrote radio hits for Kid Rock, and formally introduced himself on a series of 2023 singles for BBR Music Group/BMG, beginning with “Devil You Know.”
In January 2023, Sleep Theory’s first song (“Another Way”) hit 500k views on TikTok within 36 hours of its release. But what seemed like an overnight success was years in the making. Since retiring from the US Army several years ago, vocalist Cullen Moore’s dedicated his entire life to carving his path in the music industry. Officially starting Sleep Theory in 2019, the current incarnation of his musical journey began as a studio project to fuse his love of hard rock, funk and R&B.
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About Ledge Entertainment, LLC
Founded in 2006, Ledge Entertainment produces unforgettable live music events and experiences for media partners and premier brands such as Pernod Ricard, The United Nations Development Programme, Minnesota Twins, and Direct TV. Led by music industry veteran Mike Childs, Ledge has produced over 3,000 special events that energize and excite fans nationwide, feature top artists like the Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, and Jelly Roll, and light up remarkable venues and locations like Alcatraz and Miami’s Bayfront Park. Ledge manages every aspect of branded entertainment, from booking and production to everything in between. For more information, visit ledgeent.com.
TICKETS: Tickets for this event go on sale Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at just $35. VIP ticket packages are $225. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. Advanced parking passes are available at ParkWhiz.com. Visit amaliearena.com or call 813.301.2500 for more information.