Introducing Rock N’ Rev Festival

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is celebrating its 70 birthday with a little rock ’n’ roll. The world’s biggest biker event is being invaded with the inaugural Rock N’ Rev Festival featuring headliners including Stone Temple Pilots, Creed and Godsmack.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally takes place Aug. 9-15 with the festival scheduled for Aug. 9-13 at the 600-acre Glencoe CampResort in Sturgis, S.D.

Rock N’ Rev will feature 20 bands over the course of the five nights with a spectacular fireworks display closing out each evening.

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White River State Park, Indianapolis, Ind.

The fest is being emceed by Jim Rose, the sideshow performer and founder of the Jim Rose Circus. Although the sideshow first made a name for itself back in 1992 on Lollapalooza’s second stage, Rose is quick to talk up the Rock N’ Rev Festival at the expense of Perry Farrell’s event.

“This makes Lollapalooza look like Littlepalooza,” said Rose, who will entertain fans, with some help from his sideshow buddies, between acts. “This makes Ozzfest seem like Blahfest. Screw Bonnaroo, Rock’N Rev is epic! And I plan on bringing thrills, chills and doctor bills, many of it never seen before.”

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Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C.

Godsmack is getting the party started by headlining the Aug. 9 set. The heavy metal band, which previously played the Sturgis Rally in 2007, will be joined by Pop Evil and the Darling Stilletos, featuring former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.

“Anyone who doesn’t experience Sturgis during bike week is really missing out on a piece of true American culture,” Godsmack frontman Sully Erna said. “Raw, hard and as real as it gets, Sturgis is a place to rock hard and ride free and Rock N’ Rev is the festival to be at! Can’t wait to get back!”

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The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.

Creed and Skillet will do their thing Aug. 10, with Stone Temple Pilots, Wolfmother, The Swayback and Eagles Of Death Metal taking the stage the following night.

Thursday, Aug. 12, will feature 3 Doors Down along with Hinder.

More bands will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 30, at 12 p.m. EST. A single-day, general admission ticket will set you back $45 with five-day general admission passes beginning at just $150. Exclusive VIP ticket packages are available for $1,000 with perks including backstage access to a VIP area, access to air-conditioned tents with private bars, motorcycle parking, luxury bathroom facilities and more.

Click here for Rock N’ Rev Festival’s website.

Click here for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s website.