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June 17, 2014

Uproar Festival Brings a Full Day of Hard Rock to the State Fair Grandstand

Godsmack Heads Long List of Bands That Will Rock All Day and Into The Night

Hard rock titans Godsmack headline a long day of rock hard music as the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival roars into the Great New York State Fair Grandstand beginning at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.  Tickets priced at $60, $50 and $40 go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 20 at the State Fair Box Office and via the Fair’s only official online ticket agent,

Also appearing on the twin stages of the all-day music event are Skillet, Pop Evil, Escape The Fate, Suicide Girls, Redlight King, Three Years Hollow, Sons of Revelry (2013 UPROAR Battle of the Bands winner), and two more bands to be announced later.

21st century hard rock titans Godsmack have sold more than 20 million records worldwide. The band’s new smash single “1000hp” recently debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock chart, and Godsmack will release their sixth full length album 1000hp on August 5.  Frontman and founder Sully Erna said, “UPROAR Festival has been a long part of Godsmack’s history.  We can’t wait to get out with some of our longtime friends and play our new music for our fans.”

“We’re excited to welcome UPROAR veterans Godsmack, Escape The Fate and Redlight King back for another year and also can’t wait to hit the road with all the other amazing rock bands joining us for the first time. We look forward to creating an incredible UPROAR experience for rock fans in every city we visit,” said festival producers John Oakes and John Reese.

“This show gives fans of hard rock a way to spend the entire day enjoying the music they love and interacting with their musical heroes.  We’re pleased to welcome UPROAR back to the Fair and encourage music fans to check our diverse lineup of acts this year,” said Waffner.

The Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival will entertain fans for a full afternoon and evening, with performances from the hottest rock bands on the UPROAR Main Stage and Festival Stage, along with a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities.

At the Grandstand, very limited tickets remain available for the Saturday, Aug. 30 concert by Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Tickets remain available for:

  • Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, and Leah Turner, on Thursday, August 21
  • Pitbull, on Saturday, August 23
  • Kid Rock, on Monday, August 25
  • Train with The Wallflowers, on Tuesday, August 26
  • Carrie Underwood, on Wednesday, August 27
  • Journey with Cheap Trick, on Thursday, August 28

ABOUT GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES is the Fair’s official and only online ticket selling agent.  Ticket prices are the same whether tickets are bought online at, on the phone at 1-800-514-3849, or in person at the box office.  A $3.75 service fee will be added to the price of all tickets.  An additional fee will be charged for the use of a credit card.  There is a purchasing limit of 8 tickets per person. Most major credit cards are accepted.  Your advance-sale concert ticket includes admission to the Fair.

Parking for box office sales is available in the Brown lot beginning at 5:30 a.m., and lineup can begin at 6 a.m. Tickets for people who require wheelchair accessible seating or who have mobility disabilities, or those who are hearing impaired will go on sale at the same time as general seating tickets. Convenient parking for people with disabilities who have either the proper license plate or hanging tag will be available via Gate 2.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  This year’s tagline “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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