BLED Fest Takes a Bow with One Final Show this Weekend

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | May 20, 2019

Photo Credit: Kris Herrmann.

BLED Fest has been a self-described punk rock haven for local genre fans, and on Saturday, May 25, the festival will say goodbye with one last party.

Taking over the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, the festival’s curtain call will feature dozens of local hard rock bands hitting the stage for a non-stop party. Bands such as The Wonder Years, Camp Cope, Free Throw, and Bad Bad Hats will help send the festival off on a high note.

What started as an end of school year pool party and basement show for local musician Ben “Big Love” Staub has grown into a local favorite music festival. The festival got its inspiration from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video where there are no barricades between the band and crowd, allowing for fans to get a more personal and genuine experience.

“It’s like this punk rock summer camp, where people come in from all over the country and just take care of each other for one day,” Nate Dorough, festival director and talent buyer for BLED Fest, said.

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Short for “Big Love’s Educational Festival,” the final BLED Fest will feature musical acts from all over the country. Dorough said that every lineup has been special to them, and this year is no different.


Photo Credit: Kris Herrmann.

“We’re super proud of this one, for sure, and can’t wait for people to come see their favorite bands in an intimate setting, all the while finding a bunch of new bands that’ll hopefully become their favorites someday,” Dorough said.

This year will feature three food trucks on site as Nosh Pit, Hero vs. Villain, and Imperial will provide delicious food all day long. Besides the new food trucks, Dorough said that the festival will be similar to years past as they look to give people the same vibe they’ve come to love for 15 years.

“The legacy of BLED Fest has already been written, if you ask me. This year will just be the final paragraph in a really great book,” Dorough said.

Dorough added that ticket sales are up from previous years, so if you plan on going, it’s better to get your tickets sooner rather than later. Various VIP packages with t-shirts, tank tops, and hoodies are also available.

Be sure to follow BLED Fest’s Facebook page leading up to the show as they will have updated information. More information can be found on the event’s website.