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Fort Rock Fest Day 1- Crowd surfing, adult nap time and Africa heat melted faces and took names

Fort Myers, Florida in the spring is hot. Like really hot. So hot that when you put thousands of people together in an outdoor park with Jack Daniels and some of the best metal music on the planet you get…..well a party, a hell of a good time and passed out people everywhere. That is what Monster Music’s Fort Rock Festival gave to us. When I saw this year’s line up I knew I had to go. There were just too many bands I didn’t want to miss and if I can get a photo pass well then it is a no brainer. So Martin and I packed up the van with a couple day’s worth of clothes and our camera gear and we were off to Fort Myers. All the hotels near by were booked solid because I waited to long to make a reservation. Won’t do that again.

We arrived just in time on Saturday to make it to Jet Blue Park and start shooting and the schedule didn’t let up all day. Sevendust, Anthrax, Megadeath, A Day to Remember, Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie were the bands we had the chance to photograph that day and they all put on one hell of a show.

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The heat didn’t deter concert goers that showed up for this kick ass line up. Luckily security was armed with water hoses to help cool everyone off and add a rotten egg mustiness to the air. Thanks a ton guys!


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Adult nap time was in full force on day one! There is nothing worse than getting caught slipping in public. These guys definitely should have drank more water and maybe had a gyro or three.19775

Crowd surfing during sunset equals an epic time at Fort Rock Festival. There were a few brave souls that did it right and this guy was one of them.


While we were waiting for Five Finger Death Punch to come on stage a few of the photographers couldn’t resist snapping a quick photo of the cutest little girl rocking her adorable little heart out. Later in the night Ivan of FFDP brought her and some other kids on stage during their set to rock out during “Burn Mother Fucker”. She jumped and fist pumped her face off. I wonder what new and interesting words she learned that day and told all her little friends about on Monday.195  32  45  36 159

One of the performances I was most excited to see was Rob Zombie. I hadn’t seen him since 97 when he was still with White Zombie and the master of all things creepy didn’t disappoint.


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All in all day one of Monster Music’s Fort Rock Fest was a killer time had by all (except maybe that lady under the Jack Daniel’s bar, she probably had some regrets.)  Day two was just as epic with Bullet for my Valentine, Pennywise, Sixx AM, 3 Doors Down, Bring Me the Horizon and Shinedown on the schedule. The photos and day in review will be posted in the next day or two so keep an eye out!

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April Whitney

April Whitney

April Whitney- Photographer, music lover and overall gypsy soul. I found my passion for photography, music, writing, and travel. While on Tour was born out of a desire to combine all of these things and become the wandering soul I have always wanted to be. I love to travel to different festivals, meet new friends and vibe out wherever the music may take me.

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