The Battle for Summer Slaughter / Allstars Tour at The Crofoot Ballroom

doors at 4pm
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)


Featuring: Gift Giver, Sycamour,Of Virtue, Boreworm, Athena's Grace, Forsythe Falls, The Dunwich Horror, Ethereality AND MORE!

While the summer festival circuit in the metal scene seems to be dominated by outdoor shows like Warped Tour and Mayhem, let's not forget two club fests that see packed venues nationwide. In the last ten years, the development and rise of The Summer Slaughter Tour and The All Stars Tour have boasted some of the best talent the extreme metal, metalcore and hardcore scenes have to offer. Over the years, bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Necrophagist and The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Suicide Silence, Every Time I Die and Emmure have headlined these stages, respectively, while tour openers like Whitechapel, Motionless in White and Chelsea Grin transformed into major headline artists almost over night. These two tours can, without question, provide the exposure to turn the yesterday's smaller artist into today's chart toppers. Festival creator, visionary, and all-around industry juggernaut, Ash Avildsen, is one of many ideas, including one to give even smaller artists, without major label support, their fair shot at the metal scene throne, as well. The Headbang for the Highway was created a number of years ago as a sort of 'Battle of the Bands' to find and choose undiscovered artists to play for the larger audiences that major tours and festivals draw. In the last several years, Headbang winners have seen everything from single opening slots on big shows, to extended stints on festivals like Mayhem, Summer Slaughter and All Stars, and recently, even a recording contract to Avildsen's own Sumerian Records. While winners on most other battles might see a small cash prize or single opening slot, Headbang can truly be a once in a lifetime, career defining point in a band's career. With opening slots for the entirety of both the Summer Slaughter and All Stars Tours at stake, two lucky bands will go from being just locals, to names we'll hear for years to come. Here we will see some of Michigan's finest give their all to prove they're the best and claim their prize. Let the games begin!


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