Rock Gone Wild, America's newest and most diverse rock festival, is on the move — literally.
Organizers of the show announced that the Iowa-based, four-day festival is being moved from Freedom Park in Algona to The Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood.
"The size of the festival necessitated the change," stated Donnie Frizzell, managing partner of Rock Gone Wild. "Thus, the move to Diamond Jo's will allow us to best serve the fans of the festival who have already bought tickets, all of the great bands we've booked, our employees and those who are still making plans to attend."
"We'd like to thank everyone involved at Abate and the City of Algona who helped us prepare over the last year for the event. Unfortunately, after visiting the venue several times this year and also looking forward to next year, we decided to make the move to best serve the future of the festival," Nathalie Faghihi, festival general manager, added.
The Diamond Jo Casino is a gambling casino and entertainment complex located just south of the Iowa/Minnesota border on Interstate 35 in Northwood. The new venue is 110 miles south of Minneapolis and 135 miles north of Des Moines, which means fans who are flying into those areas will actually be closer to the venue than they would have been to the Algona site.
"This is the first four-day, mega rock, outdoors festival in the world that has aligned itself with a major casino location," Frizzell said. "We want to offer all concert goers the ultimate experience to fulfill all of their entertainment desires. This is something Rock Gone Wild as an intellectual property will roll out worldwide in 2010."
A list of hotels in the Clear Lake/Mason City and Albert Lea areas will be posted at the festival web site this week. "There are more than 20 major hotels in the area to accommodate our fans," Frizzell added.
"The move allows us to consolidate our festival operations into one premium site that is located just off a major highway," Frizzell continued. "We will be able to set-up stages in one venue instead of two, and can use the hotel and casino to accommodate the bands, media and also give fans something to do after the music stops."
The festival will still be held on August 20-23. All previously sold tickets will be honored on the original dates. VIP, Platinum and general admission advance tickets are now on sale. RV and tent camping site are also available for those wanting to experience everything at Rock Gone Wild has to offer.
The festival organizers have announced the lineups for each day of the festival:
Thursday, August 20:
BLACK 'N BLUE
ERNIE AND THE AUTOMATICS
SICK OF SARAH
Friday, August 21:
PUDDLE OF MUDD
THROW THE FIGHT
Saturday, August 22:
L.A. GUNS (featuring Phil Lewis)
Sunday, August 23:
GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS
THE TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
FRESH HOT LINT
STUCK ON STUPID
Visit www.rockgonewild.com for updated festival information.