Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – Photos

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This past weekend, Ozzfest Meets Knotfest hit San Manuel Amphitheater for 2 days of metal – and it was a blast! We’re talking Black Label Society, Megadeth, Disturbed, Anthrax, Slayer, Slipknot, and of course Black Sabbath!

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I am still coughing up dust and dirt – that is the lasting effect of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – but the payoff is 4 stages of Metal’s best. So many great bands in one festival, and Black Sabbath’s final shows here in So Cal. If you missed the event, maybe a few photos will make you feel better. There was so much music going on at this event that photographing every band is pretty tough, so I focused on the 2 Monster Energy Stages and the Main Stage, but the Nuclear Blast Stage had some good acts too – like Kataklysm, ONI, Combichrist and White Chapel.

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If I put all the photos here the page will take hours to load, so there is a full gallery is at the end of this post. Here is the breakdown of the 2 days …

Day 1 – Ozzfest – Saturday 9/24

The lineup on the Monster Stages this day were some of my faves to photograph! Huntress, Hatebreeed, GoatWhore, and yes… Suicidal Tendencies!

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Once the main stage kicked off I wanted to check out Rival Sons…. These guys have opened for Black Sabbath on this tour, and they were great. Really suggest checking them out.

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Also on night one we had Megadeth (2nd photo at the start of this post), Black Label Society, Disturbed and more.

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Again, lots more photos at the end from Day 1.

I should add that you do not see my Black Sabbath photos here. That is because the band did not allow us to photograph their set. 

Day 2 – Sunday 9/25

Day 2 we saw a lot of bands I have photographed before, but usually inside… at a normal venue… where I could see… and breath actual air. For the early stages at this event, it was so bright outside that it was a big challenge from a photography perspective. Still, even in the sun and heat, these pros left it all on the stage.

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Man With A Mission is a fun shoot. The entire band wears those heads. and it is pretty entertaining. And Butcher Babies I could photo every day!

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Bet by the time we hit the Main Stage I was looking forward to some killer performances. Anthrax is one of the most amazing bands live. From a photo angle, just trying to get them in focus is the challenge, but when you can get a face in focus and still see how fast they move… I am in heaven.

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Slayer is….. well, it’s Slayer. If you haven’t seen them live then pull out your bucket list and start writing. These guys are a must see.

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Finishing the night off was Slipknot. Amazing. It is actually tough to describe Slipknot live. It is a show that is…. well, a SHOW! It’s not just a concert, but a sensory overload – in the best possible way.

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If you were there this weekend, let us know how you liked the show in the comments, and be sure to check out the full gallery below!

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