Imagine a prison that looks like a beautiful Cleveland Heights’ home, hosts a top-notch list of bands headlined by the likes of Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Bush, Our Lady Peace (one of this preview writer’s personal favorites), Clutch and Black Label Society spread out over two stages (FULL ARTIST LINEUP BELOW), and features 70+ great tattoo artists that will cause Machine Gun Kelly and Kat Von D wish they would have saved some real estate. Music and tattoos make you hungry? At least 15 Yummy food trucks will be onsite as well! Sounds more like Heaven, amiright?
Ladies and Gentlemen, INKcarceration takes over the former Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio the weekend of July 13 -15.
The alleged haunted venue (the filming location for the 1994 cinematic classic, The Shawshank Redemption) could not be a more unique nor suitable location for this festival. Even cooler, attendees can take part in self-guided reformatory tours, exploring the prison independently at their own pace while learning about the history of the facility and the many unique Hollywood and paranormal connections.
Think you are already getting enough bang for your buck? WAIT! There is more! The Hellzapoppin Rock N’ Roll SIdeshow is also part of the fun. Described as “a world-renowned theatrical rock n’ roll circus stunt-show where some of the most death-defying stunts in live entertainment are performed to a live audience along with emphatic rock music. Spectators will experience one of the world’s last authentic circus sideshows with performances including fire eating, fire breathing, the razor-sharp machete walk, acrobatic stunts, sword swallowing, knife-throwing, and archery using human targets, as well as illusions like the Chinese blade box of death, and human oddities and curiosities,” some of the highlights sound like they could land the performers in an active prison.
Paul Smith, executive director of the Historic Ohio State Reformatory says it best: “We are very excited to host the 2018 INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival. They plan to bring next level entertainment to our venue and we hope to have a long and prosperous relationship with them that helps benefit and secure the future of our organization, the Historic site itself, and the community.”
Former prisoners at the facility (dating back to 1886 and as recent as 1990) might not remember their time spent in Mansfield as a pleasant experience, but music, body art, and food truck lovers can have a great time!
Weekend passes start at a bargain $89 (less than half the price of your typical weekend festival) and VIP Packages are $329.50 (includes dedicated entrance, VIP Parking, air-conditioned VIP lounge, lunch, dinner + private bar). If you want to pay the prison guards off, $1210 gets you all of the VIP amenities side stage access for the shows as well as a t-shirt & laminate! Parking passes ($40/weekend) and both tent or RV camping packages are also on sale.